FULL NAME: Wasiu Alabi Ajibola Odetola
STAGE NAME : Pasuma
NET WORTH : N750 Million. He has completed a N150 Million Naira mansion in Lagos. Pasuma acquired a brand new Range Rover sports SUV in 2012
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE: Born November 27, 1967 [50 years old]
STATE OF ORIGIN : Kwara State
OCCUPATION: Nigerian film actor and Fuji musician
MARITAL STATUS: Married but has three baby mamas (one in Nigeria and 2 overseas)
CHILDREN : Alabi is blessed with 10 children, 2 boys and 8 girls
Wasiu Alabi Pasuma popularly called Pasuma was born on 27 November 1967 at Mushin in Lagos State and was brought up in Kwara State, western Nigeria. he spent the best part of his childhood as a Mushin boy, Pasuma is vividly a native of Oro which is one of the largest cities in Kwara state. As it is common in the entertianment world, he has been given so many nickname amongst them are“Oga Nla 1’’, “Ijoba Fuji’’, “Anabi Omole’’, “Omo Iyawo Anabi’’, etc. His songs are ditch out in Yoruba-oriented flavour and widely listened to by an audience dominated by the Yoruba’s, they have hit the highest point of sales in the South West – the base of the Yoruba’s in the country.
Pasuma had his primary school education at Muslim mission primary school from 1973 to 1979 after which he moved to Nigerian model high school, from 1979 to 1984 for his secondary school education. Pasuma officially started his musical career in 1984 but only had the opportunity to record his first album in 1993 which was titled, “Recognition”. He released his second studio album the following year which was 1994. That was how his journey into music professionally started.
Pasuma Wonder’s debut album “Recognition” was released in 1993. He has worked with several recording artists, such as Bola Abimbola and King Sunny Ade and has featured in Nigerian films such as Iyanje and Alenibare . After his second album, “Choices” a subsequent album in 1995 followed titled, “Orobokibo” which earned him an award as the best Fuji artiste at the FMA awards. He has played in several Benson and Hedges concerts from 1996 to 1998 and continues to perform in several other concerts both in Nigeria and abroad . His last album, not included on the earlier list – feel it and role model- is still topping music charts in Nigeria.
Pasuma disclosed in a recent interview that he initiated his music career at his much-admired Mushin where he began his life. In 1983, the well known Fuji star began putting words together to form his musical compositions. Meanwhile, he couldn’t have begun this course in any place other than his greatly-adored Mushin. As his first try to create an album, he was able to come up with“Recognition’’ in 1993. The debut album became a success to his career and gradually, his fame grew within and beyond Mushin to other part of Nigeria even extending to some neighboring countries.
Pasuma has proved himself to be a very versatile Fuji act in some measure as regards his active involvement in Yoruba movies and music. This can be seen in his persistent devotion to his Fuji music industry and his constant collaboration with top Hip-Hop musicians . As an actor in the Yoruba Movie Industry, he has been featured in a number of Yoruba Nollywood movies including “Alenibare”, “Aworawo”, “Iyanje”, etc. As an artist who is devoted to collaborating with other veteran actors, Pasuma has spent some ample time in partnership with “Bola Abimbola” and the well known King “Sunny Ade”. He has collaborated with high-profile Nigerian Hip-Hop stars who are amongst the trending personalities in the Hip-Hop arena. Some of the i guns he has worked with in the music industry include the likes of Mavin queen “Tiwa Savage”, “Patoranking”, “Oritsefemi”, “Olamide Badoo amongst others.
After watching me on stage on several occasions, Adeola Omotayo called me aside and asked, “Jibola do you know that the way you bounce and jump about on the stage, reminds one of a guy I know who uses a brand of energiser called Pasuma strong?”
Left for me, i have never heard of the name Pasuma, it sounded very strange to me. I was eager to know how the drug worked I became curious. After that encounter, I spent several nights thinking about the name Pasuma and eventually deciding to adopt it and adding wonder instead of strong. My feeling then was, if the drug is that good, maybe, it could bring me luck.
Before the release of the chart buster “Orobokibo”, I was like any other Fuji artist on the streets of Mushin. As at that time, we were just playing music, not knowing what the future held for us.
After the release of Orobokibo, my whole life changed, though it did not come to me as a surprise because i worked very hard for it and anticipated some good and reward for my hard work. I knew from the beginning that God’s plan for me had been finalized and l was destined to become big, but the time was what i didn’t know. From the day one of my music career i knew God has something in store for me because i was loved by everybody . Anywhere i perform they end up loving me and sometimes i feel confuse because i thought my songs weren’t good enough .
I don’t really know if i should take credit for the the slang Orobokibo, because that word wasn’t created by me, it was created by one of my back-up vocalists in those days. I think i have him to thank for my success because if i should be very plain here, he is part of my history. When he first used the word during rehearsal session, I asked him the meaning, he simply told me it was a slang he picked up somewhere. But i am sure that the slang brought me luck.