Popular fuji singer, Wasiu Alabi, aka Pasuma, held the attention of many during the past week when he took to Instagram to post a picture of his daughter wearing military fatigues. He added the caption, “Congratulations to me. My girl, Opeyemi, is now a Navy (personnel) in the United States of America. Congrats my dearest daughter. You always make me and your mum proud. May God guide you in your chosen career.’’
When the beloved singer was reached out to, he maintained that he was very proud of his daughter achievement. He said, “I am proud of her. Any parent would be proud to know that their child has a mindset of service.“I supported her decision from the beginning. She had been talking about joining the US Navy for some years, so I was not surprised when she eventually enlisted.”
The singer also stated that even if his daughter indicated interest in joining the Nigerian Army, he would not have discouraged her. He added, “As a Nigerian, I have the utmost respect for the men and women of the Nigerian military for the selfless work they do. The level of insecurity in the country may initially make any parent feel unsure about their child joining the military. However, there is the risk of danger in almost everything we do in life. Pilots take risks; driving a car or crossing a road also has risks. Being in the military in America too involves risks, so I would not have discouraged her.”
Speaking on the influence that the late fuji musician, Barrister (whose 10th death anniversary was recently celebrated), had on his career, Pasuma said, “Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister influenced and has continued to influence many fuji musicians, including me. He consolidated the sounds and melodies of ‘were’ music into what we now know as ‘fuji’. The type of influence Barrister had on me and my music was similar to that of a father and son. He will forever be remembered as one of the artistic legends of Africa.”
The self-acclaimed ‘Oganla’ also noted that during festive seasons, which were his busiest periods, he always prioritised his family and would go home to spend time with them after his performances. He also urged his fans new projects from his Pasuma Wonder Organisation and Wasbar Records.