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I Usually See Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister In My Dreams--Fuji Legend, Kollinton Ayinla

Alhaji Kolawole Ayinla who is better known as Kollington Ayinla is, arguably, the most senior Fuji musician alive. He started his Fuji music career shortly after the Fuji music creator himself, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Balogun popularly known as Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, started the genre of music many years ago. Sadly, Barrister passed on in December 2010, after a protracted illness. And since the demise of Barrister, no Fuji artiste can confidently lay claim to being a senior to Kebe N Kwara, as Kollinton Ayinla is also fondly called, in the Fuji music industry.

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For those who followed developments in the Fuji music industry through the active years of Barrister and Kollinton Ayinla in the profession, they would attest to the fact that, the rivalry between them was legendary. As a matter of fact, their careers was punctuated by more stories of rivalry than stories of being friends. They rivalled each other with virtually, everything possible. An instance to the dimension of the kind of intense rivalry they had, was when Barrister once sang that he had become "Dr. of Music", and almost immediately after, Kollinton Ayinla too sang that, he had become "Professor of Music". And when Kollinton was asked in an interview sometime ago, why he did that, he said it was because a "Dr." is lower in rank to a "Professor". And he needed to go for a higher rank than Barrister, based on their rivalry.

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Such was the nature of their rivalry. Though, in a no-holds-barred interview with a popular Yoruba Newspaper, "Awinkonko" recently, Kollinton Ayinla revealed that, their rivalry back then was more of a marketing strategy to sell their respective albums, than being a real life enmity. He asserted in the interview that, they were far closer as friends through all those periods that people thought they were fighting, than most people knew. Kollinton Ayinla further contended that, the rivalry which dotted the career of Barrister and his humble self, could at worst be attributed to, youthful exuberance coupled with marketing strategy.

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"Let me say to you that my rivalry with Barrister was borne out of the need to outdo each other at what we both knew how to do best. It was, to the two of us, more like kicking a football to each other. In fact, there was a day we were eating together in my house, and Barrister just said: 'Kola, as we are eating together now, some people are out there fighting themselves because of us.' The truth is, Barrister was a very close friend to me, and I can never forget him. No one can know how we used to play together, all the while that we were abusing each other with our music. We were only marketing our albums by abusing each other back then. It was all, a marketing strategy," Kollinton Ayinla confessed.

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And when he was asked how much he missed Barrister now that he has died, this is how Kollinton Ayinla andwered: " I miss my dear friend so, so much. As a matter of fact, I usually see him in my dreams, and we would be playing together. Though, some people say such dreams are not good. You know, it was right from our childhood days that he would come and meet me at Apapa Road. He was living in Mushin at the time. Though, he was quite older than me, but we were best of friends. And I'm sure that, just like when someone loses any of his parents, and he sees the deceased parent in his dreams, that does not mean the person too would die the next day, or any time soon. And that is the way I feel about dreaming about Barrister, sometimes."

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That revelation would come as a surprise to many followers of Fuji music, and the careers of Barrister and Kollinton together. Because, most of their fans never saw them as being friends at all. And they only demonstrated friendship to the public in the twilight of their successful careers. And it was not too long after, that Barrister passed on. But, there are so many things that look differently outward than what is really happening inwards. And the story of close friendship between him and Barrister, as told by Kollinton Ayinla in the interview could just be one of such things.

Or, what do you think?

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