Ebira fuji star breaks the ethnic barrier


Muyiwa Bello is an upcoming musician currently making waves in the South-West of Nigeria with his special brand of Fuji music, which mixes comedy with music.

He is popularly referred to in the music industry as ‘Ebira ti nko Fuji’, and performs in Yoruba.

In an interview in Abeokuta, he told this reporter about himself, music and plans for the future.

The 41 year old Kogi born musician said he got into the music industry because it runs in his family, disclosing that his father was also a musician.

“I was motivated into music because I met it in my family; my late father is also into music during his life time,” he said.

On how he came about introducing comedy into Fuji music, Bello, who has been into music since 1990, said he introduced comedy because he is also a comedian, and thought it would help attract his fans and make them

Speaking further, the household name musician who lives in Ogun State, said that his role model in music industry is the late Orlando Owoh.

He said, his stage name, Ebira, became his trade mark because he comes from Ebira in Kogi State. Having lived in Ijebu-Ode for a long time has also helped him in to have a grasp of Yoruba.

“Yes, Igbira is the name of my home town in Kogi State, but that favours me to sing in Yoruba language because it has been a long time since I’ve been in Ijebu,” he said, adding that his maiden album is in the offing and would be released soon.

Igbira to nko Fuji, as he is fondly called, says most of his fans are based in the South-West of the country, including Edo State. He explained that he is using his kind of music to win more fans into Fuji music and is optimistic that he will take his special brand of Fuji melody to greater heights.

Bello disclosed that he has taken his music outside Nigeria, having performed in neighbouring countries like Benin Republic and Togo.


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