Condolence have been extended to Orlando Julius’s family and followers upon his death at the age of 79.
“The music business has lost yet another trailblazing great. The nation has lost yet another gigantic star,” Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said.
One of Nigeria’s best-known singers and song-writers of all time, Orlando Julius was also a saxophonist and performer who established his impact in the music industry, Lai Mohammed said in a statement on Friday.
”Despite a larger than life image, he remained a decent gentleman and a good family man. His passion for music was unparalleled, hence he excelled in his chosen field.
”By dint of hard work, he and others like him laid the foundation and helped to nurture Afrobeat to global prominence,” he said, adding: ‘It was therefore most fitting that he lived long enough to witness the moment in which Nigerian music has taken the world by storm.”
This is as he urged the family of the late music legend to take solace in the good and remarkable life of their patriarch, and prayed for repose to the soul of the departed.