Brief Encounter With Wasiu Kayode Sideeq, Journalist turned Islamic Singer

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE

In the circle of Islamic singers, El-hadj Wsiu Kayode Sideeq’s name rings the bell as he is a force to reckon with. He has paid his dues so much that he became the President of the Islamic Musicians Association of Nigeria (ISMAN), the position he recently relinquished to a successor.

The velvet voice Islamic crooner, whose stage name is Babanwa because of his elderly role within the circle of notable Islamic singers, is also referred to by some admirers and colleagues as President Emeritus.

Jovial, cheerful and friendly, the Mushin, Lagos born guy in his 40s is never a pushover in the field of academic either as he stands out as one of the few singers who had a generous romance with the four walls of tertiary institutions.

Having attended Odu Abore Memorial Primary School @ Iyalla Street Mushin and Vet Land Grammar School, Oko Oba in Agege, the unassuming and highly accommodating crooner did his Higher School Certificate (HSC), at Anwar ul Islam College, Oniwaya, also in Agege.

Having been convinced about the importance of education in any man’s worldly endeavour, young Sideeq proceeded to the famous Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), at Ojere, Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State where he studied Mass Communication with Broadcasting as his area of specialisation.

Married with lovely children, the trained broadcaster, as a matter of personal choice has not taken any chieftaincy title, while he can boast of many awards both at home and abroad in his carrier as a musician. The widely travelled youthful journalist cum musician even won awards in America and Canada.

Speaking on when and how he started singing, the highly successful singer has this to say: “I started in the 80’s when I was in secondary school via the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN). We used to organise MSSN day in schools and Islamic music competition, quizzes competition and impromptu speeches competition were always part of the programmes across various schools. I can say I cut my musical teeth during those periods.”

Meanwhile, the professional journalist turned musician, who has several albums to his credit as well as uncountable stage plays, released his first album in 1988 to Leader Records of blessed memory.

The ever busy young man with leadership quality and organizational ability will lead his other colleagues out on Saturday for a Sallah bash somewhere in Lagos.

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