The Arts

September 1, 2013

Candle of Purpose concert for slain Taiwo Adebayo

By Prisca Sam-Duru

The Paroche Foundation last week at the Muson Centre, Lagos, held a colourful and elaborate concert in memory of the 26year old graduate of Political Science from Babcock University, who was killed in Lagos on the 19th August, 2012 by a drunken driver.

Organised by Tsoule events, the concert tagged, “Candle Of Purpose” featured notable Nigerian musicians currently making waves in the music industry which include Davido and Buchi.

The Paroche Foundation named after Taiwo’s nickname (Paroche) which was formally inaugurated on the anniversary day he was killed, was to carry on with the legacy he left behind from which he got his nickname.

The Muson Hall was creatively and flamboyantly decorated with corresponding colours and lighting coupled with all kinds of musical instrument contributing to the venue’s adornment. The number of youths who were on ground to lend a helping hand in giving the hall as well as the concert itself, a perfect touch was in excess. And through their scintillating performances, the artistes in no less a way, wowed the hundreds of Lagosians who gathered to further the course of their departed son, friend and good spirited Nigerian thereby bringing back memories of the lad who was simply described as “Reach Out”

Taiwo’s mother, Mrs Titilola Adebayo who said that both the concert and establishment of the Foundation were meant to add meaning to life, disclosed that Taiwo was a twin, born on the 6th of June, 1986 who was always willing to give a helping hand to people irrespective of the person’s origin.

Also speaking prior to commencement of the show, one of the trustees of the foundation, Pastor  Reuben Onwubiko, Africa Marketing Director of Glaxo Smithkline, disclosed that the Foundation will as part of its mission, create awareness on causes and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction as well as rehabilitate young people who have been ravaged by drug and alcohol addiction.