Who is Abass Akande Obesere ?
Abass Akande Obesere (born January 20, 1965) also known by his stage names Papa Tosibe, Omo Rapala, Sidophobia, Abasido & Oba Asakasa is a Nigerian veteran Fuji musician who hails Ibadan, Oyo State, the largest city in Western Nigeria.
Obesere broke into notoriety through his extraordinary style of music and the usage of slangs, sexual-related words that keeps his fans yearning for more. He also claimed to be the African Michael Jackson during his first breakout.
Following the footsteps of other successful Fuji musicians such as the pioneer of Fuji music, late Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Obesere has also taken his own style of Fuji music all over the world.
He was initially signed to Sony Music Record label but left after payment conflicts. For most of his musical career, he had a long-time rivalry with Wasiu Ayinde who is also a famous Fuji musician.
Abass Akande Obesere is 57 years old (as of 2022)
Abass Akande Obesere aka Omo Rapala was born on January 28, 1965, in Ibadan, Oyo state.
He attended St Paul Primary School in Ebute Metta, Lagos moving further to Jubril Martins Secondary School in Ebute Metta for his Secondary school education.
After finishing his secondary school education, he couldn’t further into the university due to the financial crisis of his parents. He then decided to go into music fully.
Before fortune smiled on Obesere, he used to be a boxer before becoming a printer and later an electric business owner.
He began his music career under Sony music in 1981 before splitting with them due to quarrels over payment. He moved on to Mayors Ville Entertainment before going on to a US-based Nigerian record label called Free World Music.
22 years ago, Obesere released an album titled “Omorapala Overthrow” which dominated the airwaves for years. He went further by releasing a two-in-one album titled “Mr Teacher” which also went viral when it was released.
In 2009, Abass Akande Obesere released an album which he titled ‘Revolution’ where he featured artists such as Eazy Lizy, Lord of Ajasa, Uncle Promise, 9ice, Timaya, and Young Trybson.
Abass Akande Obesere illustrates his genre of music as Fuji-Pop which he says is a combination of Fuji and Hip Hop. He is also known for his acting proficiency when he played a role in the movie ‘Ito (Urine)’ which was released in 2008.
In 2018, Obesere, revealed in an interview that he could have been more wealthier and productive than the popular Nigerian billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote if he was given an opportunity.
According to Obesere, he disclosed that for the past 12 years, he had been restricted from travelling to the UK over suspected fraudulent activities and money laundering. Nevertheless, his wife and children are very much abroad and have been there for more than eight years.
He mentioned that him not being able to travel abroad is as a result of his financial successes. However, the ban was lifted in 2018, and according to him, he has been out of the country for about eight times.
In another occasion, he slammed a fellow Fuji artiste in an interview with Vanguard over statements made by this other Fuji artiste, K1 De Ultimate against the former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode. All of these wars of words sprunged up due to the catastrophe hovering over the political atmosphere in the country.
Abass Akande Obesere was involved in a ghastly accident on his way to Lagos on Ijebu Ode in his Lexus LX470 on the 8th of April 2012 but survived it. It was reported that he and two other passengers sustained wounds and were taken immediately to Orisunbare Hospital, Jakande, Isolo, Lagos state.
Obesere does not celebrate his birthday in a lousy manner and when asked, he disclosed that he was expecting something from Almighty God and would not have a big celebration until it is done.
In 2014, Abass Akande Obesere was alleged to have raped a woman identified as Miss Olayinka Olaiye who came to his house for business motives, but he denied the accusation by saying that he had consensual sex with the lady and didn’t forcefully had sex with her.
Abass Akande Obesere has earned a lot of acknowledgments and won some awards in the Nigerian Music Industry for his distinctive kind of music. Some of them include;
City People Movie Special Recognition award at the City People Movie Awards in 2014.
Award for Best Fuji Musician of the Year at the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards.
Top Naira Music Legendary Awards at the Top Naira Music Awards in 2018.
Live in EUrope
American Faaji Series 1&2
Egungun Be Careful
Old Skool Lapel
Baby MI Sexy
Jaforie (ft Reminisce)
Ibi ni ma kusi (ft Mz Kizz)
Obesere Ti Lo
Agogo To Lu Meji
Paraga (ft Fayrous)
Ebelesua (ft Olamide)
Egungun Be Careful (Remix) ft Zlatan Ibile
There is a saying that goes thus “don’t judge a book by its cover”. A lot of people expect Obesere to be a womanizer because of his style of music.
No! Obesere is a responsible family man. He is happily married to one woman and their marriage is blessed with 5 children.
For Over 3 decades, Obesere has remained one of the long-lasting and successful musician in the Fuji music scene and he has acquired a huge wealth over the years.
Apart from being a musician, Obesere is also a successful businessman, an
hotelier. He was also used by the then Nigeria President, Babangida to perform during his presidential campaign which boosted Obesere’s wealth.
Obesere is said to be the second richest Fuji musician in Nigeria. He has houses in America, Germany, UK and also in Nigeria. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Abass Akande Obesere?
Abass Akande Obesere also known by his stage names Papa Tosibe is a Nigerian veteran Fuji musician who hails Ibadan, Oyo State, the largest city in Western Nigeria.
How old is Obesere?
Abass Akande Obesere is 57 years old (as of 2022)
Where is Obesere from?
He is an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
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