Legendary highlife star, Victor Uwaifo, has called on the government and appropriate bodies to take over his private museum for ‘proper management’.
Uwaifo made the call during a visit to his “Revelation Tourist Palazzo” Museum in Benin City on Friday by officials of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) as part of the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
According to him, he has put so much money into the museum , which he could have put on fixed deposit,
” I have put in so much into the museum, my flesh, blood and money have been invested into the museum and I want government to take it over for proper management.
” I am a fulfilled musician and artist, for me, there is nothing better than music and art because it gives me satisfaction.
” It makes me look forward to the future with pride,” said Uwaifor, famously known as Guitar Boy.
Uwaifo said that the museum was a beehive of activities since inception as it had recorded huge patronage from students who got entertained, educated and inspired through its works of art.
Responding after a tour of galleries within the museum, Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of NCAC, promised to assist in maintaining the museum.
”If this museum were to be in other countries of the world, tourists would be paying hugely to visit it, we must ensure this place is well preserved for the sake of posterity.
” The education I got here is out of this world and am happy that history is kept and our children can learn,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the museum contained Uwaifo’s personal intellectual property which had various galleries with artefacts and monuments preserved over 50 years.
Some of the content were guitar made by him, replica of his musical studio, slave market, killing of notorious armed robber, Aninih, paintings of famous Nigerians and more.