Veteran Nigerian musician, Kollington Ayinla critically ill, placed on oxygen

Veteran Nigerian musician, Kollington Ayinla critically ill, placed on oxygen
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  • Fuji legend, Kollington Ayinla is critically ill and said to have been hospitalized in Lagos.
  • Reports say he is currently on admission at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital where he is battling for his life.
  • Kollington Ayinla’s illness is unknown but there are claims that he has been placed on oxygen support.

Nigerian Fuji icon, Kolawole Rasaq Ilori, popularly known as Kollington Ayinla, is reportedly battling for his life.

The 75-year-old fondly referred to as Baba Alatika and Kebe-n-Kwara, is currently receiving medical attention at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja.

SaharaReporters noted that Ayinla has been battling illness for over a week, leading to his admission to LASUTH.

Sources close to the musician have revealed that his health condition worsened recently, necessitating the use of oxygen support.

The family of Kollington Ayinla, who has remained a significant figure in the Nigerian music scene, have been notably discreet about his health condition.

Born in August 1949 in Ilota, a village near Ilorin, Kwara State, Kollington Ayinla has been a prominent figure in the popularization of Fuji music, a genre he dominated alongside his late friend and competitor, Ayinde Barrister.

The two musicians were pivotal in elevating Fuji music from its local roots to national prominence from the mid-1970s through the late 1980s.

Their rivalry, which was once fierce, eventually mellowed as the genre grew in popularity and the market expanded.

Kollington Ayinla’s contribution to Nigerian music was not just limited to his hits and albums; his role in shaping the Fuji music landscape has been widely acknowledged.

In a poignant moment of unity, he and Ayinde Barrister stood together at the funeral of another music legend, Apala star, Haruna Ishola, in 1983.

The news of Ayinla’s hospitalization has sent ripples through the music community and among his fans, who hold him in high esteem for his immense contribution to the Fuji and Nigerian music scene.

Ayinde Barrister, Ayinla’s longtime friend and rival in the music industry, passed away on December 16, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

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