Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has condoled the family and the Nigerian entertainment industry, expressing shock over the passing of a renowned rapper, singer and songwriter, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, describing his demise as painful and a great loss to the deceased family, Nigerian music industry and the country as a whole.
Sultan died on Sunday at age 44 and was buried in the United States of America in accordance with Islamic injunctions.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Gboyega Akosile, urged the deceased family, friends, associates, fans and the entertainment practitioners to take the death of Sound Sultan as an act of God.
“Sound Sultan’s death is painful. He was a bundle of talents, who used his God-given gift to advance the course of mankind. His music, artistry and interest in sports were all donated at every point for the development of humanity,” the governor said.
“No doubt the death of a loved one is usually painful because it is irreparable but we must always take solace in God especially if the deceased had lived a good and fulfilled life, just like the late Olanrewaju Fasasi, who was a celebrated singer, comedian, rapper, songwriter and actor during his lifetime,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu said Sultan, who he said was notable for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, bad governance and societal ills in Nigeria, had left a vacuum that would take some time to be filled, declaring that he would be sorely missed by his family, friends, fans and the Nigerian entertainment industry as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria.
“I sympathise with Sound Sultan’s widow, children, siblings, family, fans and colleagues. I pray that God will grant the late Olanrewaju Fasasi eternal rest and grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the governor said.