Afiaolu Festival Day 3: Celebrating Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe – A Hero’s Day
Greetings from the Afiaolu Festival in Nnewi, where we gather to embrace and honor our cultural heritage. Thanks to ikolomuo media, we’re able to experience the exciting events of the Afiaolu Festival up close. Let’s dive into the highlights of this year’s festival! On the first day, we witnessed the grand premiere of the new movie “ECHIDIME,” which had everyone buzzing with excitement. The second day was marked by the Nwafor-orizu-workshop, an event covered by our dedicated Nnewi city team. If you missed any of these amazing moments, you can catch up by clicking HERE.
Now, let’s take a closer look at Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, a name that rings loud in the world of music. Chief Osadebe was a renowned musician hailing from Nigeria, born in Atani, Anambra State, in March 1936. What made him so special? He was a master of a music style called “highlife,” which beautifully combined traditional Igbo melodies with modern musical elements.
Back in the 1950s, Chief Osadebe embarked on his musical journey by joining the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation’s Eastern Nigeria Band. With time, he established his own group named the Nigerian Sound Makers. What set his music apart was the perfect blend of cherished Igbo tunes, the lively spirit of highlife music, and innovative ideas that resonated with people’s hearts.
One of his unforgettable creations is the song “Osondi Owendi,” which captured the world’s attention in 1984. This masterpiece not only gained massive popularity in Nigeria but also spread its magic to other lands. Through his music, Chief Osadebe often spoke about worldly events, capturing the interest of listeners far and wide.
Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s legacy is rich with numerous albums like “Kedu America,” “Onye Kwusia Olieonuya,” and “Kedu America.” His music was a fusion of old and new, a representation of the beautiful traditions of the Igbo community.
Although Chief Osadebe is no longer physically with us, his music lives on and continues to captivate hearts. His contributions are integral to Nigeria’s history and culture. It’s only fitting that we dedicate August 24th to honoring his exceptional talent. As a tribute to this legendary figure, the esteemed musician Prince Chijioke Mbanefo graced the festival with his presence and performance.
Prince Chijioke Mbanefo holds a special place in the history of Igbo music. His soulful tunes echoed through the event, filling the air with joy and celebration. The audience was thoroughly entertained by his musical prowess, and as per tradition, he was presented with a well-deserved gift. For those who missed this captivating performance, fret not! You can catch the entire spectacle on our Facebook page @Nnewi city.
The festivities did not conclude there. Another notable performance was delivered by Professor Onyegwu, the melodious voice behind the hit “Peremense.” He graced us with his beautiful melodies, and the good news is that all his tracks are available on various streaming platforms for your listening pleasure.
In essence, the Afiaolu Festival is a time of unity, cultural remembrance, and celebration of musical greatness. Let’s cherish our heritage and the legacies of talented individuals like Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe as we move forward.