Alaafin’s love for KWAM1 grows stronger


Mayegun Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, aka KWAM 1, was the target of damaging last year reports claiming he was involved in a relationship with Olori Ajoke, the estranged wife of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

It was a disturbing time for the legendary singer who couldn’t understand where such a dangerous rumour emanated from.

He blew hot, stating that the rumours were from the pit of hell and spread by those whose aim was to drag his name to the mud. He called the rumour-mongers agents of Lucifer who were determined to see him go to the ground just for being conferred with the title of Mayegun of Yoruba land.

Well, if the rumour was put out to turn the Alaafin against Marshal, it failed woefully as the monarch’s affection for the singer has grown stronger.

As KWAM 1 turned 64 on Wednesday, he was celebrated by all and sundry. It was as if social media space was reserved for him on the day as special birthday messages, adverts and photos were dedicated to the musician.

The Alaafin reserved special praises for the Mayegun, describing him as a music luminary whose melodious beats were not only pleasing to the ears and mind but also nurturing for the soul.

In a congratulatory message by his Director of Media and Publicity, Bode Durojaiye, Oba Adeyemi said: “Human creatures are born with a specific purpose and mission. The mission varies with individuals, but not without obstacles, which comes in the form of a distraction.”

The Oba continued: “Without doubt, it takes some people a lot of time before they realize essentially what their mission is, whilst very unfortunately, it takes some other individuals their lifetime before they understand what the essence of their birth implies.

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“The implication is that a situation could arise whereby the lack of realization of someone’s mission might lead others, or multitude astray, because like a chain, we are all connected imaginarily, one way or the other…

“Today, the flowers bloom, the sun is sunnier, and life is awesome – all because it is your birthday. Hope all your birthday wishes come true! It is your special day — get out there and celebrate! Wishing you the biggest slice of happiness today.

“Hope your birthday is as special as you are. Wishing you all the happiness someone as nice as you deserves. If there’s anyone who should have a really perfect day — it’s you. The world is so lucky to have you in it — here’s to a wonderful year ahead! Your birthday is the perfect time to remind you what a wonderful person you are. You get more amazing every year. Hope your birthday is, too!

“You are one of my most favorite people to celebrate. Happy, happy day to you! As the worthy Mayegun of Yorubaland, I cannot think of anyone else that is more deserving of an incredibly-happy day. How do you keep getting older but looking younger? Just one of the many amazing things about you! You were born and the world got better, as everybody wins!”

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