The Edo State Government has mentioned on plans to organise a state burial for veteran musician and academic, Sir Victor Uwaifo who died on August 28.
This was contained in a statement by Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Osaigbovo Iyoha.
The 80-year-old ‘Joromi’ crooner, according to his family, died of chest infection at Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.
Sir Uwaifo studied at UNIBEN where he obtained a First Class in Applied Arts at 54, a Master’s Degree in Sculpture at 56 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architectural Sculpture at 77.
The iconic highlife music percussionist celebrated his 80th birthday in March.
The statement reads in part:
The Governor has approved a state burial for an illustrious and dearly beloved Edo music icon, Prof. Sir Victor Uwaifo.
The Edo State Government is working closely with the family of Prof. Uwaifo to ensure a seamless state burial.
Arrangements are in top gear and we will disclose more details of the burial in conjunction with the family.