July 27, 2021


Before his arranged crowning as the ‘King of Fuji’ in NTA, Ibadan by a journalist, Femi Akinrinwa and co, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, as he was known then, tried to woo as many entertainment journalists as possible with the assistance of Mayor Akinpelu, the then Editor of Fame Weekly and Halim Mohammed, then Entertainment Editor of Today’s Choice.
As soon as the kangaroo crowning was perfected, the arrogant and pompous nature’s in him became very visible. His first mistake was to call himself ‘Oluaye’, a deity known for chicken pox, his friends were quick to let him know the implication of the ‘title’
Later in the 90s he had misunderstanding with some of the musicians loyal to him during a show in Ibadan, especially Rashidi Ayinde (Fuji Merengue). Some musicians like Obesere, Wasiu Alabi and Ishola Sandoka among others had a live show where they abused Wasiu unabated.
This did not go down well with Wasiu who believed that young entertainment reporters close to these musicians were the ones influencing them, he insulted them and threatened to deal with them.
In his fire brigade manner after committing a crime, he invited the journalists to the hotel where he lodged and they turned down the invitation.
Perturbed by the development, Wasiu drove down to Lagos in his Daewoo Racer straight to our office(Today’s Choice) in Oregun where he met Dele Aberuagba (News Editor) and myself (Deputy News Editor) in the newsroom.
He said he came with two missions, one to report our Entertainment reporter, Soji Oyinlola for ganging up against him with his other colleagues and seondly to pay the advert money he was owing our company. He advised us to call Soji to order because they had thretened to write negative stories about him.
Dele and myself marvelled at Wasiu’s humility and generosity after he left.
When Soji Oyinlola and his colleagues returned from Ibadan, the story was different.

Babajide osokoya