Renowned Fuji Maestro Kollington Ayinla Hospitalized in Lagos
The legendary Nigerian Fuji musician, Kolawole Rasaq Ilori, widely known as Kollington Ayinla, finds himself in a critical condition as he receives medical attention at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja.
Battling Illness for Over a Week
Reports from SaharaReporters reveal that the 75-year-old Baba Alatika has been grappling with illness for more than a week, leading to his admission to LASUTH.
Sources close to the musician disclose that his health took a recent downturn, necessitating the use of oxygen support.
Discreet Family and Significant Contribution to Fuji Music
The family of Kollington Ayinla, a significant figure in the Nigerian music scene, has maintained discretion about his health situation.
Born in August 1949, the artist has been influential in popularizing Fuji music, a genre he dominated alongside his late friend and competitor, Ayinde Barrister.
Fuji Pioneers: Ayinla and Ayinde Barrister’s Legacy
Hailing from Ilota, near Ilorin, Kwara State, Ayinla and Ayinde Barrister played pivotal roles in elevating Fuji music from local roots to national prominence in the mid-1970s through the late 1980s.
Their once fierce rivalry mellowed as the genre gained popularity and the market expanded.
Fuji Landscape Shaper and Unity Advocate
Beyond hits and albums, Kollington Ayinla’s role in shaping the Fuji music landscape is widely acknowledged.
In a moment of unity, he and Ayinde Barrister stood together at the funeral of Apala star Haruna Ishola in 1983.
Ripples in the Music Community
News of Ayinla’s hospitalization has sent shockwaves through the music community and among his fans, recognizing his significant contribution to the Fuji and Nigerian music scene.
Ayinde Barrister, his longtime friend and rival, passed away in 2010, marking the end of an era in Fuji music.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn