Musicians Eulogise Late Rolling Dollar

The veteran highlife musician, Fatai Olagunji, popularly known as Rolling Dollar, who died on Wednesday at the age 85, is still being eulogised by the arts industry.
Olagunji who died at the Marritol Hospital, Surulere, Lagos, was on a musical tour of the USA when he took ill and had to return home midway.
He was initially admitted at Ahmadiya Hospital in the Alagbado Area of Lagos before being transferred to Marritol.
He was one of the highlife singers who made highlife music popular in the 60s and 70s.
Olgunji had a lull in his fortunes but staged a comeback in the late 90s.
The musician was known for his verve and dexterity on the guitar, even in his old age; his zest for life and energy was also a marvel to all who watched him performing.
He was famous for the evergreen classic, ‘Won Kere Si Number Wa? that made him famous few years ago. He is survived by three wives and children.
The former Director of Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture and the Fadesewa of Simawa, Ogun State, Oba Gbenga Sonuga, described him as a great musician and an inspiration to the younger generation.
“He was a man I admired. Well, like most good people, they have to go sooner or later; but we thank God for him,? Sonuga said.
The Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Prof. Tunde Babawale, said that Rolling Dollars was a major source of inspiration to younger musicians.

“Although Baba died at a ripe age, the Nigerian culture community will miss him greatly, because of his contribution to the growth and development of the music industry and the art in general.
“When people thought he was at the end of his career he rose up like a phoenix and seized the moment and even acquired greater fame than he ever did as a young man.
“He competed favourably with those who were just about the age mate of his own children and gave them a run for their money.
Babawale noted that Rolling Dollars became an icon in the Nigerian music industry and demonstrated that commitment, dedication, professionalism, can do to turn around any sector in the country.
“We will dearly miss him, the music industry will miss him, the Nigerian art and culture sector will miss him greatly.
“His presence at any gathering of artists and culture was always electrifying,? he added.

A former PMAN President, Bolaji Rosiji, described Rolling Dollar as someone that “we have been celebrating ever since he made a unique comeback.
“ I cannot thank him enough for his contributions to the music industry and PMAN. We were very close. His death to me was like the death of a father,? he said.
Reggae exponent, Oritz Wiliki, said that Rolling Dollar was somebody he held dear to his heart.
The President, Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMP),  Zik  Okafor, described Rolling Dollar?s death as shocking.
?He was a great musician; a shinning symbol of African music. May God Almighty accept his soul,?? Okafor said.
Tony Okoroji, Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and Ego Ogbaro, a musician, described him as a legend, who lived his life to the fullest.
Okoroji said that Olagunji was a fantastic person with a positive attitude to life, adding: “I believe that his attitude to life was responsible for the long life he lived.
The COSON chairman, who said the juju/highlife maestro, was committed to the unity of music industry and his lifestyle should be a lesson to all.


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