Nigerians Mourn As Veteran Highlife Musician Ambassador Osayomore Joseph Dies at 69

Nigerians Mourn As Veteran Highlife Musician Ambassador Osayomore Joseph Dies at 69

  • Highlife music lovers across the country are mourning one of the finest singers in the land as Ambassador Osayomore Joseph passed on
  • The singer died in Benin just five months before his 70th birthday as the PMAN announced his demise to the fans
  • Osayomore was inspired by many great musicians in the country before he began releasing his own music, fans have sent their condolences

Popular highlife musician, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph has died in his hometown Benin City, Edo state.

Osayomore's death was announced on Saturday, June 11, 2022, by the Edo State Chapter of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).

Osayomore Joseph is dead. Credit: @osayomorejosephofficial
Source: Instagram

According to a statement by Comrade Willy Eghe-Nova, PMAN Administrator/Governor, Edo State Chapter:

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“PMAN has this Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2022, lost a great member and music legend, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph. May his creative soul rest in peace.”

The cause of his death has not been revealed as at the time of the report.

The late singer was born on October 29, 1952, in Ugha village near Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

Osayomore’s music chartbusters include Efewedo, Baba Na Wa, Leave us alone,’ Evil Days Postponed, and many more.

His music was inspired by Sir Victor Uwaifo, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade before he branched out and began releasing his own music in 1976.

Read more about him below:

Nigerians mourn

Music lovers across the country have sent their condolences to late Osayomore Joseph and expressed how much they loved his music. picked some of the comments, read below:


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"#Efewedo RIP sir. Your music was a staple in our home back in the days."


"Pops got his entire round plate records... grew up listening to his songs."


"Rest well sir, Great loss to Nigeria's music industry."

Highlife singer and saxophonist Orlando Julius dies at 79

In a related development, reported that highlife singer Orlando Julius passed away barely a few hours to his 79th birthday.

The news of his death was made public by Bimbo Esho, who got the update from the late singer's wife, Lady Layota.

Orlando was one of Nigeria's fathers of Afro/Highlife music and was known to be a fine saxophonist.


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