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JFO, a hip-hop musician releases a single to raise funds for flood disaster victims

By Augustine Adah  |  Nov. 19, 2012 @ 01:00 GMT

IN the early 1990s, James Fredrick Ojonugwa Baba popularly called JFO in entertainment parlance, was a contemporary of 2 Face Idibia, playing in the same band with John Abbah and Victim Isetim. The group called Black Universe had its roots in Mount St. Gabriel Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State, where it was making waves until 1993 when the quest for further education forced JFO out of the group.

Even with a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the heart of JFO remains firmly in the music industry. As part of his contribution to the plight of the victims of flood disasters, the Kogi State born musician recently released a demo track, titled: Wailing in the water.

[caption id="attachment_573" align="alignright" width="159"]James F. Ojonugwa Ojonugwa[/caption]

The composition of the track was borne out of concern for victims of flood disasters that had affected more than 20 states in the country. The track which he intends to include in the next album to be released early next year (2013), calls for relief materials, and support for the victims of the flood disasters.“Wailing in the water is a spontaneous composition in reaction to the situation of my people of North Central Nigeria,” he said.

JFO started music early as a child but the real interest in African music got a boost when he had an encounter with people like Innocent Idibia, now 2 Face Idibia, John Abbah, and Victim Isetim at school. JFO, now in his late 30s, sings a combination of pop and Afro-centric songs. The former president, Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, Kogi State, already has two albums to his credit.

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