Chief Ebenezer Obey celebrated his 70th birthday with friends and family on Monday, 16 July 2012  at the Sanctuary of Praise Centre, London.

Among the guests were The UK Deputy High Commissioner Ambassador Oluwatoyin Kayode Lawal, Pastor Ashimolowo of KICC, Former Miss Nigeria Mrs Julie Coker, CANUK Chairman Mr Bimbo Afolayan, Mayor of Enfield Councillor Kate Anolue, Mayor of Brent Councillor Michael Adeyeye.

Chief Ebenezer Obey

Obey, whose full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State.

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–jùjú fusion. The band later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of 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. He is, however, is also renowned for Christian spiritual themes in his music and has since the early-1990s retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.

The UK Deputy High Commissioner, Ambassador Oluwatoyin Kayode Lawal and Wife congratulate Chief Ebenezer Obey


Mayor of Enfield Councillor Kate Anolue

Mayor of Brent Councillor Michael Adeyeye with Chief Ebenezer Obey

Mrs. Adeyeye, Mayoress of Brent

Muyiwa Olarewaju

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo and The Commander

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo (KICC)

Pastor Yemisi Ashimolowo, First Lady of KICC

Chief Mrs. Yemisi Sanusi

Alhaji Kareem Adepoju, Nollywood actor popularly known as Baba Wande

Mrs. Julie Coker, former Miss Nigeria and Miss West Africa

The High Table

Mrs. Sanusi presents a gift to Chief Ebenezer Obey

Photos by: Daniel Sync/

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