*THE END OF AN ERA* (A BLACK FRIDAY IN AFEMAI REGION – GENERAL BOLIVIA ILEGHIEUMAH OSIGBEMHE) – *Boy Emma and Annunciata Adamu. *
The dreaded invisible drone from the kingdom of the dead wreck the music icon on his sick bed at UCH Ibadan on *Friday the 25th January 1991*,
The stethoscope of the many physicians on ground could not detect the drone neither did the star gazers from the old Kukuruku and Afemai people of the Midwestern state have a foreknowledge of the falling star.
It was like an echo when the news came to most elites like, The Okaku, Chief MCK Orbih that the great legend of Afemai music, General Bolivia Ileghieumah Osigbemhe has passed out.
The Ogbona people could only notice the sun setting before it’s time that ill-fated Friday as the stars were losing their grips on the sky all through the night. *Oh, the man died. *
The people lost a legend
*Death is powerful they wailed*
Twenty-nine years down the memory lane today,
The foot of the legend remained unbeatable and his music are ecclesiastical yet.
The very last published album of the music legend *(Ene mhare yiovha binonemorna) our leaders consider this matter* was a true prophecy with interpretations as he admonished the government of the day of the yet prevailing corruptions from the top palace to the grassroots
We can see the reality of that song today.
General Bolivia who could not wait to witness the good days of his dear in-law Boy Emma and her daughter Annunciata Emesomiade Adamu is proudly remembered today by his family, Ogbona indigenes and Afemai people.
General Bolivia Sunday Ileghieumah Osigbemhe, *The great Santanas* the wailing bird of Afemai music
Your spirit lives on. OLEYELE
*Boy Emma and Annunciata Adamu. *
It’s been 29 years you left us Dad but you remain evergreen in our minds.
You were a covering for us.
You catered for us and gave us a great life.
Rest on My Warrior, General Bolivia Osigbemhe.
Aiyemhoba Dennis Oghie: His Death always remain fresh in our minds, but God knows why, we cannot question God, God giveth and God taketh, please take heart, rest in peace. Our great Musician.
Godwin Ideawor Atsegwasi: Yes, General Bolivia: innately gift, not only in music but also in culture, creative art. He was the best composer that ever lived. I saw a musical appraisal he wrote for my late senior brother, Major Atsegwasi in 1964 flawless English, best handwriting ever seen. Bolivia was a composite of talents. We can never forget him. Rest in absolute peace, Amee
Alasa Babs: One of the greatest Afemai sons that ever lived. He was an iconic ambassador of Afemai Music and tradition. In fact, the best Afemai Musician ever. Not surprising, his children are sustaining his incredible musical legacies and a blazing the trail in the airwaves. That was the legendary indomitable Gen. Bolivia Osigbemhe of blessed memory. Great men don’t die. Their memories live forever.