Veteran Waka Queen, Salawa Abeni has unveiled a retired commandant of the Customs Training College, Rasheed Adahunse, as her third husband, on the occasion of his birthday.
Adahunse who held his birthday and retirement party in Lagos over the weekend invited Salawa as one of the performing artist at the occasion.
Taking to her Instagram page to share a video of herself performing at the event, Abeni wrote, “Congratulations on your retirement and birthday celebration, Comptroller Rasheed Agbolade Adahunse.”
However, a popular blog, KemiAshefonLoveHaven reported that the Waka Queen, during her speech, described Adahunse as “my dearest husband of four years”.
The 62-year-old singer said she has not “chosen wrongly” and that “love conquers all”. “I don’t have much words to utter, let me thank God. I will just say a bit about Alhaji Abdulrasheed Agbolade, my dearest husband,” she said.
“You are retired but not tired, I pray that as God joined us together as husband and wife four years ago, you will live long and have abundance.
“I saw you then as a complete ‘English’ man, you saw me as a musician. But love conquered all. I have not chosen wrongly. From today, call me Abeni Idunu Ishola.”
It is said that the couple tied the knot four years ago. You will recall that Abeni was formerly married to Chief Kollington Ayinla, also known as Kebe-n-Kwara,and the union produced wonderful children. In 1992, Abeni was crowned ‘Queen of Waka Music’ by the former Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
Waka is an Islamic-influenced, traditional Yoruba music style popularized by Batile Alake; it is a much older genre than Juju and Fuji.