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ByCitizen NewsNG

Oct 10, 2019

Celebrating 20 Years of Dr. Yinka Ayefele MON and the Merry Makers Band.

Quite a long journey full of history, looking at how the band started back then and where they are now one has every reasons to glorify God and appreciate him for the transformation and added value of the band to the social, cultural and economic development of the music sector in Nigeria.

I have shared part of the band journey with him as far back as 1999 when they came to play at the Obafemi Awolowo University where they also did some video recordings for their first album “Bitter Experience”.The journey started from there and the love for the band clicked.

The relationship with the Merry Makers band has gone beyond friendship to that of business partners and family ties with every member of the band from my able chairman Dr.Yinka Ayefele. C.E.O. Fresh FM Ibadan,Abeokuta and Ekiti and Yinka Ayefele Group of Companies to the newest member of the group.

In the course of the journey with the Merry Makers band we have shared good Tungba melodies together and we have equally shared sad and sorrowful moments as well looking for bread and butter to survive and sustain.

Yinka Ayefele, i will always give it to him on his determination to face challenges never to be discouraged by any set back on your way to achieving success in your field and part of the many reasons i stick with the band till date is that never give up attitude of yours.

I certainly do not want to recount the sad incident of 2016 when that lovely branded bus of the band became a write off and musical equipment worth over 100million naira was destroyed and the visit to UCH to see the injured, eni to ba mo lo ie so(If you know you know )

The unity and the struggle by us all to save music house from going down during Ijoba constituted authority era in 2018 in Oyo state was another challenge that tested the faith of the band. and your connections with your fans which also ended in a victory dance.

To the departed members of the band we pray God will continue to grant them eternal rest, death this year 2019 took the band captain Ege aka cassava away from us.He was part of the foundational member and a pillar that equally deserve to be accorded respect for his leadership role as the band captain.

In the journey of 20years of Merry Makers, we have travelled far and wide across the country and worldwide and in all these we have cause to thank God looking at how the band started from the monkey jacket group uniform to assorted wares now.

I am sure the Merry Makers would not have been anywhere without the numerous support of Nigerians who have accepted the band as the number one Tugba gospel juju music in Nigeria and special mention should be accorded to many of them i have had to interact and relate with as a result of my love for Yinka Ayefele and the Merry Makers band.

If you see any of these people looking younger than their age or caught up with the Merry Makers Tungba dance steps of Yinka Ayefele music please appreciate them because they are not just die hard Ayefele people like me but strong pillars and when I see them at any of Ayefele shows I am more than happy, they are thick personalities.
If you know you O.
Ooni Adeyeye,Tosin Ajayi,Toyin Kolade,Hadijat Motunrayo,Soji Olagunju,Kayode Odunoye,Lanre Vodacom,Buka,Ore Ore Ola Barclays,,Yeye Merry,Seyi Onajide,Tayo Ajibulu,Sola Omotosho,Eng.Frank Akpan,Olawale Mr Bright,Bolaji Esho,Rotimi Olagunju,Awesu brothers,Tunji Olapini,Rotimi Olowo,Rotimi Agunsoye,Dare Santana,Shina Peller,Deji Loto,Niyi Odeyemi,Asiwaju Ganiyu,Folashade Awe,Seye Kehinde,Olu Adegbite,Kola Raheem,Ologbojo,C.P Olushola Amore.Bisi Olatilo ,Mosun Fulani,Tope Agbeyo,Bewaji,Otunba Alao Akala, Ayoola foods poundo yam Olu,Olu of London.Esther Ajayi and many others.

The journey has just started from us all at
LCM Ltd.

-Akinsuli Bamidele


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