Popular Fuji music singer Abass Akande Obesere also known as Omo Rapala has finally explained the meaning of his his viral song, ‘Egungun Be Careful‘.
The Fuji legend has been trending on social media for his 2000 hit “Egungun Be Careful”.
Obesere while explaining the song, Egungun Be Careful Na Express You Dey Go said:
“It’s just a slang. I just thought of it, It’s a slang. Because a masquerade is masked, He has an handler that leads him. So when the handler says “Don’t go in that direction” because as he’s masked, there are things that he can’t see.
“So if he’s heading for the expressway, the handler will tell him, “Mr Masquerade be careful, you’re heading to the expressway”. The handler knows the actual name of the masked one but he can’t say it.
“The person could be named Fatai or Sulaiman or Ganiyu, he can’t call him that. He has to call him “Masquerade” Be careful, you’re heading to the highway, You could get hit by a car.
“And when the masquerade refused to head his handler’s direction and run into the road, and got hit by a car, the handler said “it’s happened now, I warned him and now he’s been knocked down by a car.”
Lets See A Brief History Of Obesere:
Obesere got his first and most enduring nickname, ọmọ rápálá:
“I was enrolled into St. Paul Primary School Ebute-Meta in 1971 and used to sing with fellow classmates. We improvised with desks while I sang and other students danced.” Their noise would attract nearby teachers who would storm in to mete out appropriate punishment.
But as soon as they got in, young Obesere would slither away either by the back door or through the window, effectively escaping punishment while the rest of the class each got a few strokes of the cane. It became his moniker.”
After Obesere primary school education, he proceeded to Jubril Martins Secondary School 3, later renamed Iponri Grammar School.
There, he wasn’t a particularly academically gifted student, (People call this Olodo) but what he lacked in book-smarts, he made up for in native intelligence and the spirit of hustle.
Besides, Obesere mother had five other children and he would have to learn how to fend for himself.
Two of Obesere younger brothers, Fatai Valentine and Ashimiu Abolanle would also become fuji musicians for a short while.
“As a school young boy, I decided that if academically I could not make it, I could try my hands on a few trades or as a technician,” he said in the 2008 interview.
Obesere Egungun Be Careful became an apprenticed in printing at a press in Ebute-Meta, and an electrician. He later quit apprenticeship and schooling all together because of his determination for his music career.
Obesere mother, Alhaja Taibat wanted him to become a clerk or a draughtsman at the Ministry but Omo Rapala had seen the success of a former sergeant in the Nigerian Army who created fuji music, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and was now undaunted in his desire to be a musician as well especially because like him, he was a native of Ibadan who had come to Lagos and made it big.
In another interview from the early 2000’s, he said: “When I started singing I did not get help from anyone but through divine intervention
In that decade, Obesere released no less than 15 albums.