Ayinla Omowura, Nigerian Musician
The late Ayinla Omowura, Popularly called EGUNMOGAJI, was born in Abeokuta Ogun state Nigeria in the late 30’s. Nobody seems to remember the exact date as no record was kept. His musical career took root when he started with with a brand of musical called”Olalomi” in the early 50’s, this brand of musical was so popular that he became the darling of the young people both in Nigeria and the the west coast.this brand faded with time.
Once again his musical career took a new dimension when he joined EMI NIGERIA in 1970 and recorded a single titled”AJAT OF’ OJU D’EJO” in June of the year.
The tremendous success attained by the single was quickly folowed by three other extended play records.One was recorded in September 1970-HNEP 506 titled “EMA FOWO S’OYA SI WAMO” and the other two. HNEP 533 TITLED “DANFO O SI ERE”/”EMA TORI OWO PA’NIA and HNEP 534 titiled “ANJONU ELERE” were recorded on the 20th july 1971. His first album HNLX 5068 which was recorded same year was a chart burster with a release of over 50,000 copies.
His success was so overwhelming to the extent that he became an-idol tothe masses particularly among the public transport drivers, and the traders to mention a few.
He left for MECCA and MEDINAT to perfom the Muslim Holy Pilgrimage in 1975 and became Alhaji Ayinla Omowura.
In the 10 years that he was on EMI NIGERIA label, all his 20 albums sold a minimum of 50,000 copies on the first day of release. Acutely popular,Omowura’s day of release was always a carnival at garages,Beer parlours and even at parties.
He recorded two album at the same time in 1980, unfortunately only one NEMI (LP) 0490 titled”AWA KISE OLODE WON”
was released before his tragic death that year, The second one,NEMI (LP) 0515 titled”25+40” was released posthumously
in 1981. He was married with many wives and children