An Evergreen Evening with a Legendary Folklorist, Blackman Akeeb Kareem, at the Yoruba Tennis Club

…unveiling a collection of his hit songs over the years

Some evenings pass one by without recourse in the future, either in the short-term or long-term while some evenings remain evergreen and it elicits pleasant memories. That is the exact description of the evening tagged Dinner with Folksy, Blackman Akeeb Kareem organized by the Evergreen Musical Company Ltd at the oldest indigenous club in Nigeria, Yoruba Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos.

For many decades, Yoruba people have enjoyed the folksong, “Omo o e pe dagba, kekere jojolo mo gbe omo mi!” that rend the airwaves periodically but they have not engaged or encountered the person who waxed it into tape thereby preserving it. Other great folklorists that are still alive include Uncle Tunji Oyelana and Pa Jimi Solanke.

The Chairman of the occasion and the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Professor Adetokunbo O. Fabanmwo noted that he had known Blackman Akeeb Kareem since his secondary school days when he collaborated with the late highlife legend, Dr. Victor Olaiya to perform at the Government College, Ibadan and he was delighted that Yoruba Tennis Club partnered with Evergreen Musical Company to celebrate a great musician.

The Managing Director of Evergreen Musical Company, Ms. Bimbo Esho said, “she feels fulfilled that this type of celebration is taking place. For her, it is an honour to have Blackman Akeeb Kareem in Nigeria once more. It is better to celebrate great men like him while they are alive than after their demise. Equally, a collection of his hit songs over the years was unveiled to the delight of his teeming fans.

The iconic folk singer, Blackman Akeeb Kareem gave insights into life and his philosophical ideologies as he churn out his evergreen songs. He appreciated God for his mercies upon his life that kept him through the hurdles of growing up having lost his mother at the age of 6 and his education got stalled at Primary 5.

He told the story of his struggles through life when he was “one of the boys” that lurk around a cinema house and how he was saved from a ghastly occurrence while trying to separate two boys were fighting and a part of his earlobe was cut off. He went on to advise the audience also on the need to ensure that rifts within couples are resolved between them as they cannot be sure of the thought of the person who is invited to settle the rift.

While speaking on one of his hit songs, “Baba mi loloko”, he mentioned that he composed the song when he had not known Christ. He noted that it is only God that can qualify the called because men would always be men.

The UK-based artist appreciated the Board of Trustees, Chairman, and all members of Yoruba Tennis Club for allowing him to perform at this place of great historical relevance in partnership with the Evergreen Musical Company Ltd.

The audience was serenaded with
incredibly impressive folk songs with high-calibre replay value and in the culture of folk songs, everyone sang along with Blackman.

The event was anchored by the entertainment mogul, Mr. Yemi Shodimu while the Royal band led by Seun Ajewole was on the bandstand alongside Blackman Akeeb Kareem churning out melodious tunes.

Guests were drawn from corporate and social Nigeria and also relished sumptuous Nigerian meals for the night, some of of these include Chairman of Evergreen Musical Company, Mr. Femi Esho; Chairman Yoruba Tennis Club, Chief Jide Damazio;
Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club; Vice Chairman Yoruba Tennis Club, Barrister Taiwo Adedeji; and Trustee, Up Asso Club, Akin Abiola.

Others are Engr. Afolabi Salami; Chief Alex Duduyemi; Air Commodore Demola Onitiju; Chief Gboyega Okegbenro; Otunba Deji Osibogun and Prince Wale Oladunjoye.
While various a-list artistes were not left out, some of these are- Dede Mabiaku, Ade Bantu, Tunji Sotimirin, Kunle Tejuosho, Citizen Jones Usen amongst others.

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