Edo highlife legend, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph is dead, the sad news was
announced on Saturday by the Edo State Chapter of the Performing Musicians
Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Osayomore Joseph died five months to his 70th
According to a statement by Comrade Willy Eghe-Nova, PMAN
Administrator/Governor, Edo State Chapter, “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.”
Osayomore Joseph was born on October 29, 1952, in Ugha village near Benin City,
Edo State, Nigeria.
He had a reputation as a freedom fighter, an activist musician with a long history of
criticizing local and national political corruption through his music.
Osayomore’s music chartbusters ‘Efewedo’, ‘Baba Na Wa,’ ‘Leave us alone,’ ‘Evil days
postponed’ are all in pidgin English.
In his early life and educational pursuit, Osayomore Joseph moved to Lagos when he
was 19 years old and began his musical career as a member of the Nigerian Army
Officers Mess band. it was in the band he developed his flute and guitar skills.
Inspired by Sir Victor Uwaifo, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade, Osayomore
Joseph branched out and began releasing his own music in 1976.
After releasing several albums from 1976 to 1979 he returned to Benin to continue
his career which was picking up support amongst Edo people in Benin.
He used his musical training to combine contemporary popular music — funk,
Afrobeat, and highlife with Edo’s indigenous songs and rhythms.