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Conclusion of the Biography of Mr Johnson, Adewale Ayuba

In 1998, he came back to Nigeria and released another successful album, Acceleration, on the Corporate Music label. In 2000, he released another album, Turn Me On, which broke music records in Nigeria and emerged as the Best Fuji Album of the Year at the Awards for Musical Excellence in Nigeria and as the Best Song of The Year at the Nigerian Song Festival 2000.

In the same year, he toured several European countries including England, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. He was awarded as a Distinguished Son of Ikenne Remo, his birthplace, in 2001 in a colorful ceremony at the Ikenne Local Government in Ogun State. In 2001, Ayuba had a spectacular performance at the Eko Le Meridien Hotel Banquet hall, Lagos, in a concert tagged “The Return of Ayuba”. This concert made history in Nigeria, as the Executive Governors of Lagos and Ogun state, Federal and State Legislators, and several commissioners were in attendance, among other dignitaries. Following this concert, the media proclaiming Ayuba as the most corporate Fuji musician ever.

Ayuba and his band also toured Austria in 2001, performing in Graz and Vienna. In 2002, he once again Europe for four months, performing in England, France, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands. While on this tour, Ayuba recorded another album, Formula, which in 2002 emerged as the Best Fuji Album of the Year at the Awards for Musical Excellence in Nigeria. In 2002, the Music Advertisers Association of Nigeria named Ayuba the Best Artiste of the Millennium. In 2003, Ayuba again toured Europe, performing in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Essen, Krefeld, Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Bologna, Napoli, Torin, and Genova. While on this tour, he recorded a joint album, Fuji Satisfaction, with German-based Afro-centric Music group Bantu, which won two Awards—The Best Group in West Africa and The Best Group in Africa at the Kora Music Awards in Durban, South Africa.

Ayuba was awarded the Millennium Voice of Nigerian Music (home and abroad) in Düsseldorf, (Germany) by Pan-Yoruba Group, Omo Oduduwa Association, in recognition of his valuable contributions to the growth of the music industry. In 2004, Ayuba released Ijo Fuji (Fuji Dance) in Nigeria, and was also given the Entertainer of the Year Award by the Nigerian American Community Association in the same year. Ijo Fuji won the Best Fuji Album of the Year Award at the Awards for Musical Excellence in Nigeria in July 2005.

In 2004, the Ikenne Development Association in Chicago gave him its Ogo-irawo award in recognition of his contribution to the development of Ikenne Remo, his birthplace. Ayuba’s album, Mellow, which became a success after release, won the Best Fuji Vocal Performance at the (AMEN) 2007 Awards, which topped Nigeria’s contemporary African charts. Ayuba also holds a Doctorate of Arts in Music at Bradley University.

Music Career
Ayuba began singing as a child. His father was an amateur singer but reinforced the value of education, making his son agree to focus on his education during the week and allowing him to practice his music on Saturday.

Since signing his first record deal in the 1980s, he has released 15 albums in Nigeria and four internationally.

Ibere (Beginning) 1986
Igida (Tribute to Obafemi Awolowo) 1987
Bonsue Knockout 1988
Ife (Love) 1988
Olorun ni Gbe ni Ga 1989
Bubble 1990
Mr Johnson Play For Me 1993
Buggle D (Dance) 1994
Move Up 1995
Fuji Time 1996
Fuji Music 1995
Fuji Dub 1997
Acceleration 1999
Turn Me On 2001
Formular 2003
Gun Shot 2003
Fuji Satisfaction 2005
Ijo Fuji 2007
Mellow 2009
Ariya 2011
Sugar 2013
Happy People Remix 2015

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