Chief Ebenezer Obey has debunked rumours of his death at a London Hospital. He spoke in a short video clip and sounded to be in good health as he gave thanks to God for keeping him in good health. ” I’m alive, Jesus has taken the glory,” he said.
Obey was born Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Fabiyi, at Idogo, Ogun State, on 3 April 1942. He is of the Owu subgroup of the Egba. He began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos. After tutelage under Fatai Rolling-Dollar’s band, he formed a band called The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlife-juju fusion. The band later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits on the West African Decca musical label.
Obey began experimenting with Yoruba percussion style and expanding on the band by adding more drum kits, guitars and talking drums. Obey’s musical strengths lie in weaving intricate Yoruba axioms into dance-floor compositions.
As is characteristic of Nigerian Yoruba social-circle music, the Inter-Reformers Band excel in praise-singing for rich Nigerian socialites and business tycoons. A few years ago, he dedicated his career to full Christian spiritual music and retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.