Peter Uwaifo Jnr, a nephew of the legend did not disclose the cause of death of the “Ekassa and Akwete” exponent who celebrated his 80th birthday in March this year.
In 1996 I travelled down from Rome to engage the legend in a rare interview in his Joromi studio in Benin from where he personally drove me to his expansive home to show off archival materials from the 60s.
Sir Victor Uwaifo was still looking his ebullient self prior to his demise. He never looked the octogenarian he was. He would reveal in that interview that he did everything in moderation, a factor that enhanced his longevity in the Nigerian music industry.
Sir Victor Uwaifo became one of the first crop of musicians to earn Nigeria’s national honour when the then president Shehu Shagari conferred on him in 1982 Member of the Order of the Niger, MON.