KWAM1 (l)/Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (r)

By Lukman Omikunle

His latest tribute to the late fuji lord- Ayinde Barrister is one of the series K1 had, in recent time, paid to his former boss.

Global fuji music icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known as KWAM 1, on Sunday poured encomium on late Fuji legend, Dr Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, saying his former boss contributed immensely to all he has achieved as a musician.

He spoke at an event organized to celebrate his 50 years on stage by the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria, FIBAN, on Sunday, July 7, 2022 held at the JKL event hub, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.


Ayinde Marshall, the Mayegun of Yorubaland, who graced the event arm in arm with his beloved and ever-smiling wife, Emmanuella Ropo Marshall, said he has become what the world is celebrating about him today with the grace of God and the tutelage and the fatherly role of his late boss – Ayinde Barrister.

“I owe all that I am today to God and my late boss, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister who made fuji music a source of living to many,” K1 said in an emotional tribute on stage.

He said, “Those who honour me today are honouring you (Ayinde Barrister) not I and those who disregard me are not upset with me but with you (Ayinde Barrister) because you are the one who guided me to this leading path of fuji music. May your soul continue to rest in peace, my boss.”

The king of fuji who added that he made use of the occasion to unite all fuji musicians in honour of his late boss also urged all to accept another living fuji music legend, Kollington Ayinla as the father of them all. He said, Chief Ayinla remains their father and advised that they should always give him all the honour he deserves as a father.

His latest tribute to the late fuji lord- Ayinde Barrister is one of the series K1 had, in recent time, paid to his former boss.

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Ayinde Marshall organized the first edition of the ‘Sikiru Ayinde Barrister Colloquium’ – magnificently staged at Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos.

In his remarks at the fuji music stars studded event, K1 said he will always be loyal to the late fuji originator – Ayinde Barrister.

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About Wasiu Ayinde Marshal

Wasiu Ayinde Olasunkanmi Marshal with the stage name K1 De Ultimate or KWAM1 was born in Agarawu, Lagos, Nigeria on March 3, 1957. He discovered his passion for music at the tender age of 8 and began pursuing it with determination despite his parents’ initial rejection of his choice career

By the time he was 15, he had won various musical competitions and became an instrument packer for the legendary Fuji creator and his mentor, late Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

In 1979, K1 De Ultimate known as Wasiu Ayinde Barrister then released his first album ‘Abode Mecca’. The album shot K1 to prominence in the entertainment industry and instantly became a force to reckon with. The success of his first album attracted him to several recording companies but K1 opted to sign on Baba Laje Records then.

He has been on top of the ladder since his breakthrough winning countless laurels home and abroad. It is not too much to put it that the global fuji music icon has no doubt carved a niche for himself in the music world and has well, etched his name and indelible mark on the sands of time.