By BENJAMIN NJOKU & IYABO AINA
LAGOS — Emotions ran high, Thursday, as the remains of legendary highlife musician, Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju a.k.a Fatai Rolling Dollar, was laid to rest at his building site at Ikorodu, Lagos.
The Fidau (Muslim prayer for the dead) was conducted earlier in the day at his Militon Estate, Oko-Oba residence, where well-wishers and friends had the final glimpse of the octogenarian musician before the body was moved to Ikorodu for internment.
The 85-year old highlife maestro died last Wednesday at Marritol Hospital, Surulere, following a brief illness.
Rolling Dollar reportedly died of complications resulting from lung cancer.
Top musicians, who were present at the Fidau include former PMAN President, Admiral Dele Abiodun, Segun Adewale, Dayo Kujore, Champion Kunle Opio, Islamic scholars, music industry titans, fans and family members.
Meanwhile, veteran musicians, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Prince Adekunle and others were at the deceased’s Oko-Oba Millennium Estate residence on Wednesday evening to receive the corpse from the hospital, alongside family members.
Activities marking Rolling Dollar’s rites of passage began at 1:30pm with a prayer session presided over by Muslim clerics at his residence in Militon Estate, Oko-Oba.
Speaking at the Fidau, Oba of Agege said, the occasion was a clarion call for unbelievers to be closer to their creator: “Although Fatai Rolling Dollar died at a time when his glory was already shinning. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Thereafter, friends and colleagues of the deceased paid him a glowing tribute. The crowd was touched by the emotional tribute paid by the likes of Ebenezer Obey, Olu of Agege and his family.
For close to 10 minutes at the graveside, the second wife of the late veteran musician, Mrs. Zainab Olagunju Ogungbe could not utter a word as she was merely shivering and crying profusely. While
the last wife, Mrs. Sherifat Olagunju muttered that “there will be no other Fatai Rolling Dollars.”
Among Rolling Dollar’s wives, Mrs. Zainab appeared to be the most touched, as she couldn’t control her tears and anguish while the funeral ceremony lasted.
According to one of the deceased’s daughter, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi Agu, the funeral rites comes up after eight days while the final burial will also be observed after 41days.