Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
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Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
10/13/2016 03:11:10 PM
Wasiu Alabi Ajibola Odetola, popularly known as Wasiu Alabi Pasuma was born on 27th of November 1967 to the family of the Odetolas in Mushin, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Pasuma attended Muslim mission primary school from 1973 to 1979 after which he moved to Nigerian model high school, from 1979 to 1984 for his secondary school education.
Pasuma started his musical career in 1984 but only had the opportunity to record his first album in 1993 which was titled, recognition. His second album, choices followed there after in 1994. a subsequent album in 1995 titled, Orobokibo earned him an award as the best fuji artiste at the FMA awards.
Pasuma has played in several Benson and Hedges concerts from 1996 to 1998 and continues to perform in several other concerts both in Nigeria and abroad.
His last album, not included on the earlier list – feel it and role model- is still toping music charts in Nigeria.
Pasuma came into limelight in 1993 when he released his 1st album titled Recognition. His 2nd album titled Choices was released in 1994. In year 1995, an album titled Orobokibo earned him The Best Fuji Artiste of the year award.
How Pasuma Nickname Came To Be
As we all know Pasuma wasn’t his real name. In year 1997, he had a musical pal named Adeola Omotayo, the CEO of Heavy Sounds. He was the one who gave him the name.
In his own words below. After watching me on stage on several occasions, Adeola Omotayo called me aside and asked, “Jibola do you know that the way you bounce and jump about on the stage, reminds one of a guy I know who uses a brand of energiser called Pasuma strong?”Since I have never heard of the name Pasuma and how the drug worked I became curious. After that encounter, I spent several nights thinking about the name Pasuma and eventually deciding to adopt it and adding wonder instead of strong. My feeling then was, if the drug is that good, maybe, it could bring me luck.
My Life Before Orobokibo Album
Before the release of the chart buster Orobokibo, I was like any other Fuji artist on the streets of Mushin. As at that time, we were just playing music, not knowing what the future held for us.
My Life After Orobokibo Album
Hear him in his own words how his life changed after an album titled OrobokiboAfter the release of Orobokibo, my whole life changed, though it did not come to me as a surprise. I knew from the beginning that God’s plan for me had been finalised and l was destined to become big, but when, I did not know.In my early days, there were pointers to what God had in store for me, as I was loved everywhere I performed. But it will be most unfair if I should take credit for the slang Orobokibo, because that word was created by one of my back-up vocalists.When he first used the word during rehearsal session, I asked him the meaning, he simply told me it was a slang he picked up somewhere.
Somehow that slang caught on and went on to make a star out of me, and becoming a house hold name.
That, also explained the genesis of the slang Orobo for the 50cl Fanta and Orobo for fat women.
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