By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the immortalization of the late music legend, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister with monuments, street especially at the Cultural Centre, Mokola, Ibadan.
The motion for immortalization was sponsored by Yusuf Adebisi (Ibadan South West 1) Deputy Chief Whip, A. M. Fadeyi (Ona-Ara) Deputy Speaker, (S.A. Onaolapo (Ogbomoso South) Majority Leader, O.S. Babalola (Egbeda) Deputy Majority Leader, K. O. Olayanju (Irepo/Olorunsogo), B. G. Adebayo (Ibadan North II), F.J. Okedoyin (Saki West) and A.O. Obadara (Ibadan North West).
In his motion before the House, Hon. Adebisi said the development became inevitable owing to the immense contributions of late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister to the country and the world at large through his music.
He said: “The impact of music on human life cannot be overemphasized as it serves as a medium of entertainment and education and music has been scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain, including pain reduction, stress relief, memory and brain injuries.
“Musicians who had made indelible marks in the music industry need to be celebrated or remembered whether living or dead, to encourage upcoming musicians to be focused and see the need to excel in their chosen profession.”
Adebisi who, is a prominent musician(Taye Currency) in Ibadan was at the plenary to lend his support for the motion.
He said the Cultural Centre is almost becoming moribund, stressing that the edifice must not be allowed to fade into ruination outright, hence choosing the edifice as a place to name Barrister is not out of place.
“If we immortalize the Centre with Barrister it will turn to a tourist centre and increase the IGR of the state,” he added.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin commended the movers of the motion, describing it as a welcome development.