Fuji music star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma is 48 years old and here are interesting things about him:
1. Born Wasiu Alabi Ajibola Odetola in Lagos in 1967, he grew up in the Mushin area of Lagos state and hails from Kwara state.
2. His mother, an actress-turned-trader, and his dad, a company’s general manager, separated before he became a star.
3. Inspired by ‘Talazo,’ the 1984 album by Fuji great King Wasiu AyindeMarshall (popularly called KWAM 1 or K-1 the Ultimate), Pasuma switched to music soon after finishing secondary school.
4. In 1993, convinced by a man to record a studio album, he released his debut album ‘Recognition’. His second was ‘Choices’. Both achieved some level of success.
5. His career then took off with his third album, 1995’s ‘Orobokibo’. The titular word was gotten from a backup singer who used it in rehearsal. The word became infamous for its vulgar connotations; but it also established the young singer. For the album, he would later win the award for Best Fuji Artiste at the now defunct Fame Magazine Awards (FMA).
6. He adopted the name Pasuma Wonder after the CEO of Heavy Sounds, Adeola Omotayo, likened his energy on stage to energy derived from an enhancement drug called Pasuma Strong.
8. He’s the first Fuji musician to drop a hip-hop/pop album.
8. His debut hip hop/pop album titled My World (2015) features popular mainstream acts including Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Terry G, Oritsefemi, Phyno among others.
9. Pasuma owns a record label called WASBAR records. He coined the name of the label from his daughter’s names- Wasilat and Barakat.
10. He’s a father of seven, namely: Wasilat, Barakat, Amirah, Opeyemi, Sultan, Waris and Aaliyah.
11. Pasuma is also a successful actor with over 20 movie appearances under his belt.
12. His many nicknames include Paso, Oganla, Ijoba, Labaika, Popsy Aaliyah, Baa Wasi, All Round Network(ARN), GSM( Global Son of Mushin), Olope Amama, Mayweather of Fuji, Entertainer and Ijaya.
13. He has over 30 albums to his credit, including Recognition, Choices, Americana, Joker, Exporter And Importer, Maintain And Sustain, Initiator, Orobokibo and The Man.
14. He’s alleged to have dated Ayo Adesanya (an actress); Remi Surutu (also an actress); She Baby (an artiste); Doyin Aggrey (a presenter); Bisi Ibidapo-Obe (an actress); Bukky Black (an actress) among others.
15. But out of all his women, he came close to marrying actress Ronke Odusanya aka Flakky Ididowo years back, until that romance fizzled out without them getting to the altar.
Credits: Timilehin Ajagunna/THE NET, Abiyamo.com