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Kollington Ayinla: Salawa Abeni Is Still My Wife & My Children’ Mother, She’s My Property Till Death

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Kollington Ayinla: Salawa Abeni Is Still My Wife & My Children’ Mother, She’s My Property Till Death

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March 28, 2015 – Kollington Ayinla: Salawa Abeni Is Still My Wife, She’s The Mother Of My Children & My Property Until Death Do Us Part

“I’m The Father Of All Fuji Musicians In Nigeria……

In this exclusive chat with Fuji legend Kollington Ayinla, he talked about the origin of Fuji music.

He went further to talk about his relationship with his ex-wife Salawa Abeni and fellow Fujician, Wasiu Ayinde Anifowoshe Marshal.

See interview excerpt below:

Fuji music is one of the biggest genre of music in Nigeria, as one of its pioneers, did you ever imagine it would become this big?

I never imagined that it would become this big at all. We just saw it as a child’s play when we started. It was like a hobby. But now everybody is either singing or dancing to fuji music. Although we never thought it would become this widely accepted, I am glad about what it has become today.

Why did you choose to sing fuji when there were other music genres you could have easily chosen from?

It was because fuji music was derived from Islamic religion. When I was growing up, during the Ramadan festival, whenever we wanted to wake people up early in the morning to eat and proceed to the mosque for prayers, we normally sang. Then, we called it ‘Were.’ But when you attained a certain age, you couldn’t sing ‘Were’ again. By then, it became fuji. We had the likes of Saka Layigbade, Abinuwaye, singing fuji then but they all lived in Lagos Island. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister was in Mushin while I was based on the Mainland. ‘Were’ metamorphosed into fuji.

We learnt that women used to ‘chase’ you when you were at the peak of your career…

Up until now, women still chase me. I am a man.

At your age, do you still consider their advances?

Of course, I indulge them when they are making such advances at me and if they give me a chance, I would do times two of what they are asking for.

Why did you not pay Salawa Abeni a visit when she was seriously ill?

I later went to visit her. The reason why I did not go initially was because I didn’t think it was right for me to read such news about her on the pages of the newspapers first. My children are with her and she was supposed to send one of them to me to inform me that she was ill. I don’t go to places that I am not invited. I later went to see her anyway.

Is there any possibility of both of you living under the same roof as husband and wife?

We are husband and wife. She does not have a child for anybody else other than myself. I am her bona fide owner and we are together till death do us part. It does not matter if we live under the same roof or not, she is still my wife.

We learnt that you played ‘baba ijebu’ lotto and won millions of money, how true is it?

It is an absolute lie. I swear to God I don’t even know what the paper they use to play ‘Baba Ijebu’ looks like. I don’t gamble. I am not against those that play it but I have never indulged in such. People have been peddling that rumour for over five years. Whenever I hear such, I just laugh. I don’t even know who Baba Ijebu is and I doubt he knows me.

With all the rumours and controversies that have trailed you, has there been anytime you regretted being a public figure?

I have never regretted it because I know that is how it happens all over the world. It is only that I am not free to move around like normal people. Before you know it, a crowd would have gathered just to see me.

We learnt that there is a rift between you and K1?

It is not true. There is no rift between us. K1 has been my son in music for many years before the death of his master, Barrister. People carry rumours that he says certain things about me but if such is the matter, I will handle it with maturity. There is no rift between us. When he was giving away his daughter in marriage, I went. He also invited me to his K1 Unusual Concert and I was there. I am the father of all fuji musicians in Nigeria. Anywhere they play fuji music in the whole world as the last man standing among my contemporaries, I would be recognised. I am their father.

You sang about a lady, Taiyelolu, how is she?

I loved her then when I sang about her. I loved her then but not anymore. She misbehaved, so I left her. She has been in London with my children for over 20 years. We are no more together.



  1. Maleek

    March 28, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    Alhaji Agba at your age,you’re still talk like a child.
    Alhaja abeni can no longer keeper up with your lifestyle so stop downtalking her. For your information, she has men all over her in London

  2. Danti

    March 28, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Property? that must be from HAJJ notebook; corrosive SAUDI mentality! In Yorubaland, women are not property. In modern English language, human(s)cannot be property. Agba Oye! take different route to show your affections ke!

  3. Ore

    March 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    lord have mercy on women in the hands of our husbands, kollinton now admits that salawa is he’s wife. Bcos he he sees that God has vindicated her. All her children her doing great without him. Where him dey when salawa was struggling to raise those children? Now that they all grown up and going well, he now accept their mother as he’s wife. Na today? Property ko!! Belongings ni.Na Wah o

  4. Sam Kola

    March 28, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Alhaji, so you& your 5&6 Taiyelolu can part away; upon all the praises on her as if she was d ONLY wowan in d world; may be you leaned too much on her; lov can get intoxicated some times, sorry sir!
    Salawa is his property as said, that is just d right word.


    March 29, 2015 at 11:50 PM


  6. Eniola ade joseph

    May 21, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    baba alatika, pls dont repeat dis statement again, QSA is not your wife, she only have ur children, upon all wat you did to her, she single handedly train her children, even when she need you, u r not dere to help her.

  7. prince

    December 4, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    This man is frustrated and broke. How can you call your else your wife? Mr go get a better job if this Fuji is not paying and stop eyeing this woman fat bank account. When Nigeria man else wife bank account don ripe na there you go see baby father go de say (she is my wife) for your dream abi.

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