Long before now, hardly will you see sisters so close that they practically go out together. But these days, it has become a common sight. It is so in the case of Queen of Juju music, Queen Ayo Balogun who has 3 look-alike pretty sisters. Yes, she comes from a family of 4 girls and they are all very close. In fact, theirs is such that they got to the extent of wearing the same outfit for any of their functions. Though her sisters are not as prominent as she is because of what she does but her 3 sisters are also living big and doing well in their respective states. Two of them stay abroad while one is here in Nigeria. Though they all jostle between different countries. A few years back when Queen Ayo Balogun turned 60, some of the sisters were at her party and they also took on important roles at the party. This gesture further shows how close these 4 sister are.
The sisters are always very visible at each other’s party making sure all goes as planned.
Queen Ayotunde Balogun née Ogunlade is the second girl in a family of 6. She has an elder sister, Shola Olukuyide who is the firstborn of the family and 2 younger sisters, Bukky Adetona and Bose Ajisafe. Bukky Adetona stays in the United States. Bose Ajisafe also turned 50 not too long ago and all the sisters wore same outfit. They were joined by their many friends to celebrate.
One thing about these sisters is that they always support each other and they are very close. You will find it so hard to fathom their closeness because they are all from the family where their parents did not support division.They always wear the same cloth for any family or friends function and they look a lot alike. The 4 siblings were born into the families of late chief Samuel Babafemi and Victoria Ebun Ogunlade and their mum of over 90 years is still alive hale and hearty. To authenticate their closeness, during Queen Ayo Balogun’s 60th birthday, the 3 siblings who are doing well in their respective businesses spoke glowingly about their sister, Shola described her as a male, prayerful and fashionable person, one who loved dancing and singing right from childhood. She was nicknamed,”Alajota.” Growing up. I am not surprised she became a musician,a gifted one at that. An achiever by all standards .she is very accommodating and pleasant to be with. Happy birthday to a very wonderful sister. Bukky says, God made us sisters because he knew that I need a person like you in life always and forever. Ayotunde Kofoworola ,I am grateful to God for blessing me with a sister like you. You are selfless,dependable and above all,God fearing.loads of love from your sister, Bukky.
Bose was also full of joy as she wrote, I am so privileged to have as a sister,I mean coolest sister.A very loving and giving sister. An epitome of beauty, Grace and patience. Everyone that knows you always speak highly of you, especially in your calling as a singer which makes me so proud to be your sister, you have been a source of inspiration and model to so many. Iya filamonic (a mass choir). I wish you more glorious years in the beauty of the Lord.
Queen Ayo Balogun came from a music loving family and her mum is still singing till date. Born over 60 years ago in Ilesha,she had her primary school at Agbeni Methodist Primary School before moving to Lagos in 1972. She had her secondary school at benevolent high school and rounded off at Victory School, Ikeja. She attended Diploma school of music and later took correspondent course exams from London Royal School of Music and got a diploma in music. She started as a gospel musician and later switched to juju music. Asides music ,she runs Room Affairs,a company that deals in fashionable bedding sets and QAB foundation.She has been married for over 3 decades ,a mother and twice grandmother.She was the first youth fellowship choir coordinator at the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Ayo ni o,and has also featured in over 30 albums of the church. Her 30 man band is named Ayo Balogun and she is the Harmonic voices and first woman to be the president of association of juju musicians in Nigeria.
-TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI