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Tears, Encomia As Classic FM’s Sly Is Buried

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Lukmon Akintola, Lagos

Sly“Gone too soo,” is a phrase often heard and seen in prints when death strikes the young and young at heart.
For Classic FM’s On-Air Personality (AOP), Sylvester Ojigbede, popularly known as ‘Sly’, the situation is no different, as the phrase was almost on every T-Shirt worn at the Atan Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos State, on Friday, May 8, 2015, as his remains were laid to rest at exactly 12. 30 pm amidst tears.
Sly, a celebrated AOP, who is survived by a wife and two children, died on Monday, May 4, having secretly struggled for years with a back related illness that affected his spinal cord.
Prior to his internment at the Atan  Cemetery, a funeral mass held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Catholic Church, 14 Musa Yar’Adua Street, off Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
While Ojigbede’s wife, brothers, sisters and children controlled their emotion throughout the funeral service, it was not the same at his graveside, as the emotion was just too much to control leading to rain of tears.
His colleagues were also not left out, as several ladies who could not bear the emotion ragging through them were seen leaning on friends, while most of the men clutched handkerchiefs.
Although efforts to speak with family members of the deceased were unsuccessful, his colleagues who spoke with Daily Independent spoke highly of Sly.
Oladotun Kayode, an AOP with Cool FM said: “I came because we do the same kind of job, we are colleagues. I met him once or twice. We are talking of one of the veterans in the industry. What we do now is what we learnt from people like him. He is a great guy.”
Asked if he was going to miss Sly, Dotun said: “It is not about him, but his work and everything; he is gone. Sometimes when somebody dies, you may find a replacement, but some people can’t do better than what it is. Sly definitely touched lives, he sure did,” Dotun concluded, saying it would be a good thing if the establishment where Sly worked could keep his salary going so that his kids can grow up to a certain stage before they can start thinking of paying school fees.
According to him, sometimes you work for big entities and there is no Plan B, and when somebody dies, it becomes a different thing altogether.
DJ Abass, one of Sly’s closest friends also spoke about the deceased.  His words: “Sly meant so much to me. He was a good friend and a brother. I liked him because he always knew what he was doing. In the industry, if you count three people, you will be able to put Sly somewhere among those who are really in the business. “He encourages people to come close to him and even if you don’t know what he is doing, he gives you the opportunity to come in and makes sure you get up to speed. He was someone worth associating with. A lot of people will miss him.”
DJ Abass further said: “Sly’s Saturday Show will continue, but one thing which will be missed is his voice and style.”
Comedian, Ajebo also added his voice to the topic of discuss. He told us about the nature of his relationship with the deceased. According to him, “Sly was a colleague who did the Morning Show. He was a very good guy who always knew the right words to tell you to encourage you.
“I have had shows where I performed and he came up to me on stage and you know the kind of inspiration that will give you. He just had a way of making you feel good about yourself. “He was an all-people’s person and a guy who would step into the room and everybody starts smiling. He always had something to say that would make you happy. He was a great guy and he will surely be missed.
“The radio will miss him; the radio will not remain the same without Sly. Classic FM will not be the same without Sly because with him the station was a force and without him it will be very difficult. He will always be in our heart, Ajebo said.
Till his death, Sly was in charge of the Morning Show, which ran between  6.am to 11.am, Mondays to Thursdays as well as the 6 a.m. to 12 noon, Classic X-Press on Saturdays on the Urban FM station.