By Folasade Oduwale

City People Magazine Events Centre at Gbagada in Lagos State was filled to the brim when the staff of City People Media Group, led by the Publisher, Dr. Seye Kehinde, hosted the talented juju maestro, Witty Wale Thompson, popularly referred to as Mr. Lalale Friday.

In his welcome address, the Chief host, Mr ‘Seye Kehinde, appreciated all the giants in the music industry that graced the event, including the Bonsue fuji king, Adewale Ayuba; national president, Ajum, Queen Ayo Balogun and others, saying: “we are hosting Wale Thompson tonight because of his new album, entitled ‘My destiny,’ which is making waves now globally. We need this because he has contributed a lot to the juju music industry.”

Queen Balogun, in her remarks, said “I appreciate Wale Thompson because he is one of the best juju musicians that still sings original and undiluted juju music. I call him Crown Prince of juju music.

Ayuba, in his own comments, stated: ” I am happy to be here today to celebrate my namesake, Wale, I think everyone present here knows me as Wale and, again, celebrating another Wale. Three days ago, I listened to his latest album and I thought ‘wow! This is good music,’ and it will go far. Wale Thompson, whom I fondly call Mr. Wility, is a multi-talented instrumentalist and very good musician.”

Ayuba added, “I thank Dr. Seye Kehinde for celebrating us in the entertainment industry. Seye Kehinde has done a lot in making us to be what we are today, and I pray to God to continue to strengthen him in Jesus’s name.”

Thompson, in his response, said: “My sincere appreciation goes to everyone who showed up tonight to honour me at the grand reception being held on my behalf by City People Media Group. I am grateful for your love and support always.

“My special appreciation goes to Dr. Seye Kehinde for the honour and opportunity. I also thank my industry’s colleagues for their presence and support. I pray for God’s blessings and protection over you.”

The hit tracks of the album, according to Thompson, included Happy Days, Chop my life, Owambe, Destiny and Yoruba Unite.

Wale Thompson got into the industry many decades ago, and had become a force to reckon with.


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