All roads lead to Arogbo as Ijaws prepare to honor late Nigerian highlife music icon, Echo Toikumoh

On February 18, 2007, the Ijaw nation lost one of its most beloved highlife musicians, Chief Echo Toikumoh. Now, 17 years later, on Sunday, February 18, 2024, the Ijaws will gather in Arogbo town, Ondo State, to celebrate his enduring legacy with an event dubbed “Echobration.”

Chief Echo Toikumoh’s influence extended far beyond the shores of the Ijaw nation; his music resonated across Nigeria and beyond, with hits like “The Earlier The Better,” “Money No Dey,” and “Dance To-Night” dominating the airwaves in the 80s.

Echobration is not just a tribute to Chief Echo Toikumoh, but also a platform to nurture and support young musicians in the community as they embark on their own musical journeys. The event will feature a musical concert aimed at showcasing and encouraging emerging talent.

GbaramatuVoice, which monitored the festivities beginning on Saturday, February 17, reported a boat regatta in honor of the late music icon. This tradition pays homage to the Ijaw people’s renowned swimming skills, reflecting their deep connection to water-based livelihoods.

Chief Echo Toikumoh’s music was not just entertainment; it was a vehicle for social commentary and activism. Through his songs, he brought people together and shed light on the struggles faced by the Niger Delta community, advocating for their rights and dignity.

In addition to his musical contributions, Chief Echo Toikumoh was also known for mentoring young musicians and teaching them how to play instruments. His dedication to both music and activism left an indelible mark on society, inspiring generations to come.

As the Ijaw nation gather to honor Chief Echo Toikumoh’s memory during Echobration, they pay tribute to a man whose music continues to educate, uplift, and unite.

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