By Seyifunmi Odunuga
Luck has smiled on the Abeokuta born singer, Taiwo Adeboye popularly known as Bèmbé Aladisa as a visa finally came his way 18 years after he sang his popular track “ẹyin oyinbo e wa fún mi ni visa” as the popular tour broker, Ufitfly announced an all expense paid trip to Jordan for him.
Bembe while speaking with newsmen amidst tears at the Oluyole office of the Ufitfly said he has never traveled out of this country since he released the hit song in 2003, saying as a matter of fact he has rescinded to faith and now embraced farming.
“I was inspired to sing about the hardship in the country then, and unfortunately, I have never travelled out of this country since then. It was rumoured that the then Governor of Ogun State assisted me to get a visa and travel, but it was not true”, Bembe Aladisa explained.
The team leader of the destination management company, Evangelist Ajibola Ogunkeyede said his firm has granted the artist a free all expense paid trip to join other tourists to the holy city of Jordan this month.
“All arrangements have been made to make Bembe Aladisa as one of our Ambassadors that will lead other tourists to the Kingdom of Jordan. He’s going to have one room to himself, not going to share any room with anyone and he will have the opportunity to shoot his shot video in any attraction places in Jordan there.
“The man has been a good social crusader all these while and we’re going to arrange another trip for him especially to Europe and Asia, we’re a Destination Management Company with a wide range of leisure tour programs for the personal wellbeing of Nigerians”, Ogunkeyede noted.
Also speaking, the renowned radio presenter, Yemi Sonde who was anchoring a live radio program where astonished pronouncement was made thanked the firm for its magnanimity which will definitely trigger a turnaround I the life of the beneficiary and the management of the radio station for creating and enabling environment where creativity can strive.
“The thing came up dramatically during a live program I run on Splash FM Ibadan, while playing music of Bembe Aladisa, ‘ẹyin oyinbo e wa fún mi ni visa’, Ufitfly boss asked where is this man that sang this music all these while, has he travelled or not, but we can do something for him. I put a call through to Bembe that if you’re listening to us, your prayers have been answered”.
Photo captions: (L-R) GM Operations Splash FM, Tunde Olawuwo, Bembe Aladisa, Yemi Sonde and Evang. Ajibola Ogunkeyede, team leader, Ufitfly.