The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, have mourned the demise of a highlife musician, Osayomore Joseph. The late singer passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022, after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment.
The native of Edo State was regarded as one of the pioneers of highlife music.
In his condolence message, Obaseki described the late Joseph as an enigmatic and versatile musician.
He said, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of music maestro, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph, who took the music world by storm with his talent and exported the Benin culture to the world.
“He was an enigmatic and versatile musician, who spread didactic messages with his soulful and sonorous voice.
“His contribution to the creative industry in Edo State was as remarkable as it was transformational. He was a crucial voice in the quest to make society better and more livable with his music, which focused on serious issues.”
“I commiserate with the Osayomore family, fans and friends of the illustrious musician and pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
The Edo State chapter of PMAN also expressed sadness over the death of Osayomore.
In a statement by PMAN, the administrator/governor of the association in Edo State, Willy Eghe-Nova, expressed sadness over the loss of the late singer. He said, “Sadly, PMAN on Saturday, June 11, 2022, lost a great member and music legend, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph. May his creative soul rest in peace.”