Funmi Iyanda recounts encounter with Victor Uwaifo

Funmi Iyanda and Victor Uwaifo

Media entrepreneur Funmi Iyanda has recounted a 2009 encounter with music maestro Sir Victor Uwaifo who died on Saturday at the age of 80.

The TV and film producer in an Instagram post on Sunday narrated how she met the musician while filming an episode of her show Talk with Funmi (TWF).

“I met him in his Benin home and studio in 2009 whilst filming TWF around Nigeria. He spontaneously and effortlessly picked me up and carried me round to roaring laughers.”

Uwaifo, she recollected, was 68 then.

“Professor at University of Benin and one of the most magnetic people I’ve ever met. Told us back story of #guitarboy from an encounter on bar beach as a writer and producer at NTA in the 70s.

“He had a home museum as well as a life-sized sculpted airplane with functional space He was a musician, sculptor, academic, artist, administrator and bodybuilder with esoteric ideas and great sense of humour,” she wrote.

Ms. Iyanda went on to credit the deceased for inventing musical instruments and adapting guitars.

“His hits, including Guitar Boy, Joromi were platinum-selling gems. A superstar.

“Thank you Sir/Prof Victor Uwaifo, goodnight,” she concluded.