Stephen Oladipupo Olaore Owomoyela popularly known as Orlando Owoh was a Juju maestros who died on November 4, 2008.
Orlando was born in Osogbo, Nigeria on February 14, 1932 to Owomoyela and Mrs. Christiana Morenike Owomoyela (1910) and his Father hailed from Ifon town Ose Local Government Ondo state while his mother was from Owo.
According to the Wikipedia account, as a young man Owoh initially entered into the carpentry trade until 1958, when he was hired by Nigeria’s Kola Ogunmola Theatre Group to play drums and sing. “Owoh went on to form Dr. Orlando Owoh and his Omimah Band in 1960, and over a musical career of forty years became one of the leading proponents of highlife music.
“With bands such as the Omimah Band and later the Young Kenneries and the African Kenneries International, Owoh remained popular in Nigeria, even as tastes moved to the newer jùjú and fuji styles.
“He had over 45 albums to his credit. Orlando Owoh died on November 4, 2008 and was laid to rest at his Agege residence in Lagos, Nigeria.
But do you know that mother of the music icon is still alive? Her mother, Mama Morenikeji is still agile as she walks briskly around and does not bend or use walking stick.
She weeps when she hears her son , Orlando Owoh’s music on radio, Taiwo Abiodun reported on his blog, taiwoabiodun.com.
A popular On Air Personality, Omo Edema on Fresh FM in Ibadan recounted on his program Wednesday night how the mother wished she died when she was 105 years of age during a visit to her. According to the OAP, she expressed the wish because she feels sad that her son is dead while she is still alive.