Sir Victor Uwaifo is a Nigerian musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor, best known for his joromi style of high-life music.
He was born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria in 1941. Victor Uwaifo learned his skills watching E.T. Mensah’s guitarist, Dizzy Acquaye. Following a stint with Victor Olaiya’s band, he honed his sound during the ‘60s using Pidgin and Edo dialects, palm wine styles and traditional ekassa and gdadagbada, becoming an incredible player and showman in his own right.
His hit ‘Joromi’ exploded in 1969, selling over 100,000 copies and Uwaifo recorded prolifically during the ‘70s, releasing over 100 singles with his bands the Melody Maestros and the Titibitis. His best-known songs, “Guitar Boy” and “Mami Water”, were a huge hit in 1966. “Mami Water” was inspired by an encounter (which he has long maintained actually occurred) with a “mami water” (mermaid) while lounging on Bar Beach, Lagos.
Uwaifo, who has a total of 12 golden records to date, has travelled to many countries, including the United States, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Hungary, Rome, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin Republic and others.
The Federal Government of Nigeria, in appreciation of his talents and contributions to Nigeria, honoured him with a National Honors Merit in 1983. Uwaifo was also appointed as the Honorable Commissioner of Arts, Culture and Tourism and Member of the State Executive Council, the highest policy-making decision body in Edo State, 2001–03. Uwaifo is the Chairman of Joromi Organization, a multi-track recording and television studio in Benin City. He runs and manages an art gallery and the Victor Uwaifo Hall of Fame. He also is a lecturer at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Benin, Benin City.
All Correct was released in 1979 on the album O.T.F. (On The Floor), recorded at Joromi multi-track studio, Benin City. Composed, arranged, mixed, mastered, designed (Graphic Design Of Cover) by Victor Uwaifo. Engineer – Laja George