Time for Ondo State Government to Immortalize Nigerian Highlife Music Icon, Chief Echo Toikumoh

By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board

At the heart of Ondo State lies the bustling town of Arogbo, an Ijaw kingdom nestled within the lush landscapes of the Niger Delta. It is here, amidst the swaying palms and winding creeks, that one of Nigeria’s most beloved highlife music icons, Field Marshal Chief Echo Toikumoh, first breathed life into his timeless melodies.

Born in 1945, Chief Echo Toikumoh’s journey from the tranquil shores of Arogbo to the dynamic music scene of Nigeria’s urban centers is a testament to his unwavering passion and talent. His music, steeped in the rhythms of the Ijaw culture, resonated deeply with audiences, captivating listeners with hits like “The Earlier The Better,” “Money No Dey,” and “Dance To-Night.”

As we mark the anniversary of his passing on February 18, 2007, GbaramatuVoice calls upon the Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, to honor Chief Echo Toikumoh’s enduring legacy by immortalizing his memory. Arogbo, his cherished hometown, stands as a living testament to his cultural significance and artistic brilliance.

Furthermore, we urge Hon. Donald Ojogo, the House of Representatives member representing Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency of Ondo State, to lead the charge for Chief Echo Toikumoh’s national recognition and immortalization. His contributions to Nigerian music transcend time and space, weaving a rich fabric of sound that resonates through the corridors of history.

In honoring Chief Echo Toikumoh, we not only pay homage to a musical legend but also preserve the dynamic cultural heritage of the Niger Delta. Let his melodies serve as a guiding light, illuminating the path forward and inspiring future generations to embrace their roots with pride and passion.

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