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The Library of Things We Forgot to Remember, photographed for Common, curated by Khanya Mashabela, 6 May – 26 July 2023. Image courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation.
Title Oh! Dear Zimbabwe Date 1978 Authors Victor Uwaifo Type Vinyl record

Victor Efosa Uwaifo (March 1, 1941–August 28, 2021, Benin City) began playing the guitar at twelve years old. Alongside his music career, he was also a writer, sculptor, inventor of musical instruments, university lecturer, and the first Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Nigeria.

Uwaifo's influences included Latin American and Spanish music, soul, and traditional music from Akwete and Benin. He began his music career as a high school bandleader at St Gregory's College in Lagos. Alongside his band, the Melody Maestros, he released the hit single Joromi, the first single to go gold in Africa.

In 1971, Uwaifo opened the Joromi Hotel in Benin City, and within ten years established his own television studio where he produced a weekly music and culture programme which was nationally televised.

Uwaifo has toured internationally in countries including the United States, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Canada.