Ebenezer Obey

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Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Fabiyi popularly known as Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria of Egba-Yoruba ethnic background in April 3, 1942.
He attended Methodist Primary School which was were his musical talent was honed. As a youth, he was the lead vocalist on the Ifelodun Mambo Orchestra which was formed by the youths of Idogo community and participated in a lot of acting while growing up.
Ebenezer's professional career began with his move to Lagos in the mid1950s after being tutored under the Fatai Rolling-Dollar's band. Known for modernizing the sound of Juju by adding the funkiness of Yoruba drumming, more Western-style guitars and drum-kits, and adding multiple talking drums which was unlike what every other Juju musician was doing at the time.

In 1964, he formed his own band, The International Brothers which later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits under the West African Decca musical label, they excelled in praise singing for rich Nigerian socialites and business tycoons. They had hit singles, 'Ewa Wowun Ojumi Ri' and 'Olomi Gbo Temi (My Dearest Wife Listen to Me)' which was his debut single. In 1968, he released 'Omo wan n’re soja a fe sokun' which means 'We are crying because our sons are going to war' in a bid to console families whose sons were being conscripted into the army following the Biafran war.
In 1980, Obey enjoyed international acclaim with 'Current Affairs' and in the 1990s, retired into the Nigerian gospel music ministry.
Since his emergence into the music industry, he has released over hundred albums till date.

He formed the Ebenezer Obey Music Foundation Scholarship Scheme (EOMFSS) which was designed to grant scholarship awards to deserving indigenes and music students in various Tertiary institutions. He was the General Overseer of Decross International Ministries.
Ebenezer Obey married Juliana Olaide Olufade in 1963 and they have children and grandchildren together and on August 23, 2011 she died in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
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