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Remembering Naija Ninja, Sound Sultan, One Year Later

A year after the death of Nigerian singer Olanrewaju Fasasi, aka Sound Sultan, his fans, friends and colleagues remember him.

Known by various nicknames, including the Naija Ninja, Sultan died aged 44 on July 11, 2021, after a “tough battle” with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL), a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. .

The 45-year-old singer was buried in New Jersey, USA (the same day he died) according to Muslim rites.

He is survived by a wife, three children and his brothers and sisters.

Considered one of the pioneers of modern hip hop music in Nigeria, the late singer, songwriter and actor was known for using his music to expose poverty, corruption, poor governance and societal ills in Nigeria. Nigeria.

His debut single, “Mathematics”, spoke against excessive dealings in government offices and for a long time was the anthem used to preach against corruption among Nigerians.

It became a hit, earning him the nickname Mr. Jagbajantis.


A well-known guitarist, Sultan started learning to play the guitar after high school and was part of a band in 1999.

His career in show business began in the 1990s when he hosted shows to raise funds for studio sessions.

After independently releasing other singles and performing in hit songs by other artists, he was signed to Kennis Music. Under Kennis Music he released four albums.

The Naija Ninja

Following the expiration of his contract with Kennis Musiche partnered with Baba Dee, his brother, to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organization for a record label, production outfit and clothing line.

Under Naija Ninjas, he released “Back From The Future (2011)” and signed artists such as Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn (Sean Tizzle) and Black.


Remembering the late singer, one of his industry peers, Weird MC, wrote: “One year already. Time passes. Sound Sultan, continue to rest. Thank you for sharing your gift from God with us. Thank you so much for the lives you have touched.

His Sultan

Meanwhile, to mark his birthday, the late Sultan’s management released Sound Sultan’s posthumous album today, July 11.

Titled “Reality CHQ,” Sultan’s family hosted a listening party in New York.

In a video on his page, his brother, Baba Dee, said, “We are celebrating one year of remembrance of iconic Nigerian singer Sound Sultan and hosting his official album listening party, Reality CHQ.

This was the album Sound Sultan was working on before his death. It is an extraordinary project.

A few days ago, the artist’s first posthumous single was released on streaming platforms.

The 3-minute, 13-second single titled “Friends” was released on Friday and is the first offering from his upcoming posthumous album.

Produced by ID Cabasa, the song taps into the late singer’s Afrobeats prowess with a beat reminiscent of Fela’s “Water No Get Enemy.”

He sings of friends turning around to stab people in the back, noting that it’s better to have that one true friend than multiple secret enemies.

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Eight months after his sudden disappearance, Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola has paid special tribute to the late singer.

In an Instagram post, the actress uploaded a photo of the late Sultan, noting that his legacy will never be forgotten.

“Forever in my mind…. your contribution to music will never be forgotten….. #trueartiste #realtalent, #gonetoosoon #neverforgotten,” she captioned.

A basketball enthusiast

Sound Sultan has been awarded veteran status for his contribution to the growth of the Nigerian music industry.

Earlier this year, the Lagos State government announced that it would preserve the late singer’s legacy by supporting the annual Festac music festival, which he started.

Nigerian men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, also paid tribute to the late Sultan during their game against Australia by sporting tops decorated with an image of the artist during their final exhibition game pre-Olympic Games in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

A big fan of basketball, he acquired a stake in the Lagos Islanders, one of the best basketball clubs in Nigeria, a few years ago.

He worked actively to promote the sport in the country.

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