Mushin ‘All Stars’: Famous People Who Began in lowly 'Olosha' and environs

By FRANCIS OGBONNA
Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? This was the question the leadership (or political establishment) then in Israel then asked after Jesus Christ was announced as the Messiah the world had been expecting and the reason they did so was not farfetched, Nazareth was famous for the wrong reason.
Of course they were proved wrong, as the world is yet to recover from the impression the ill-educated carpenter’s son made on those he had encounter with.
Now thousands of years later, across the globe and also in Nigeria, people still ask the same question, especially when the area in question is deprived or known for notoriety.
One of such communities in Lagos is Mushin.
Mushin or ‘Moonshine’ as it is fondly called is one of the most volatile areas in Lagos, where deadly fighting breaks at the slightest provocation, because it has one of the largest concentrations of street ‘Urchins’ in the state.
This situation also makes the area a hub for criminal activities.  
However, like Ajegunle (or AJ City), another notorious area in Lagos,‘Moonshine’-out of its rubble has produced a lot of famous individuals who have gone on to represent the country globally, reflecting the country in good light.
They include entertainers, politicians, sportsmen, preachers and rights activists.
Here are a few of these global figures, some of which you may not know burst into the scene while doing their thing in the lowly Mushin community:
Abass ‘Obesere’ Akande
The Fuji star is mentioned here first, because one of the songs that brought him fame was about the area and its many peculiarities. The track which was released in the 90s was inspired by his life and times as a resident of the town.
People who must have heard that song then, even without visiting the area, could tell what bus stops there is with the lines that mentioned ‘Olosha’, ‘Babalola’, ‘Pako-Eleja’etc.
Ayinde Barrister, MFR,
Late Sikiru Ololade Ayinde Balogun, better known by his stage name ‘Ayinde Barrister’ was one of the pioneers and a revolutionary of Fuji and ‘Wéré’ music. After his first break into music in 1965, Ayinde Barrister went on to release over 70 studio albums.
The civil war veteran started his music career in 1958 playing ‘Wéré’ in an area known as Masewele in Mushin, Lagos, under the tutelage of Muraina Ajao.
Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
"Oganla", as he is fondly called needs no introduction. The actor and Fuji musician was born on 27 November 1967 at Mushin in Lagos State, where he returned to after he was made to sojourn in Kwara State, western Nigeria while growing up.
Mike Ezuronye
The actor made his professional acting debut a member of the cast on Zeb Ejiro’s TV series, 'Ultimate Hero'.
He was buying fuel at a gas station when he was spotted by
Ruke Amata of the Amata Dynasty and this coincidence set him on tracks to pursue his most cherished dream of becoming an actor.
Not many people know that the striking thespian was born and raised on Palm Avenue, Mushin.
Matthew Ashimolowo
Clergy man, Matthew Ashimolowo is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London and founder of Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State.
His Winning Ways programme is aired daily on Premier Radio (London) and Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and on television in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Faith Africa (DSTV 341), Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network.
However, only a few people know that the first church he was sent out to pioneer-a branch of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, was situated in Mushin. It was from Mushin he was then sent to the UK where he later founded KICC.
Lazarus Muoka
Pastor Muoka is the founder and senior pastor of the mega church ‘The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement’ (popularly called Lord’s Chosen) has its headquarters located on a sprawling 60 plots of land along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Surulere local government area of Lagos State.
But very little know that this church which today has over 300,000 branches all over the world, started on 24 December 2002 with a few pioneer members in a rented apartment in Mushin, Lagos.
Asisat Oshoala, MON
The Canada 2014 Most Valuable Player (MVP) recipient plies her trade with ‘Dalian Quanjian’ F.C. in the Chinese Women's Super League as a forward.
Super Falcons star and ex-Arsenal though was born in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, she started her football career with a local club in Mushin, FC Robo.
She then moved on to Rivers Angels where she plied her trade before the call-up to the Falconets team where she competed in two world championships; Japan 2012 and Canada 2014
Wande Coal
The ‘Black Diamond as he is fondly called came into limelight with his monster album aptly titled “Mushin to Mo’Hits”, because it mirrored his trajectory to success.
The ‘Bumper2bumper’ crooner, while hobnobbing with the likes of D’banj and Don Jazzy, who later gave him his break, ‘hustled and bustled’ in lowly Mushin.  
Lilian Bach
Former model and actress Lilian Bach (pronounce ‘Back’) came into limelight after her ‘Delta Soap’ commercial was unveiled. This feat got the half-cast her first movie role and like they say ‘the rest is history.
Like others mention before her, the ‘Married to a Witch’ star also had a thing with Mushin.
The former MBGN contestant revealed in one of her interviews “I was at the Army Children’s School, Port-Harcourt, one of the local government primary schools in Lagos. I attended Idaraba Secondary School, Mushin.”
Pa Kasumu
Renowned Yoruba Actor, Kayode Odumosu, popularly called Pa Kasumu became famous for roles played in Sàngó: The Legendary African King (1998) an epic tale of the king of Oyo in Nigeria, who upon his death became one of the most important Orisha of the Yoruba religion.
The ailing thespian still lives at No 9 Alayaki Street in the densely-populated Mushin area of Lagos.
Dist. Sen. Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon 
GOS as he is fondly referred to by friends was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency of Lagos State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He is a member of the Action Congress (AC) now All Progressives Congress (APC).
The first political capacity GOS really served in was as the Fourth Republic, elected chairman of Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) platform.
Muiz Banire SAN 
Banire is a lawyer and activist who served as three-term commissioner of Lagos State. Until his suspension recently, he was the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressive Congress, Nigeria’s Ruling Party and a member of the National Judicial Council.
Banire was born on the 6th of October 1966 in Olowogbowo, Lagos Island and attended primary and Secondary School in Mushin, Lagos.
Bisi Alimi 
Alimi is a Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker; blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate who gained international attention when he became the first Nigerian to come out of the closet on television.
Alimi was born on 17 January 1975 to parents Raski Ipadeola Balogun Alimi (a Nigerian police officer) and Idiatu Alake Alimi (a university clerk), in the Mushin district of Lagos where he also grew up until he was 24.
Bisi left the shores of Nigeria in 2007 to seek asylum in UK and he got married to his Australian born husband, Anthony in November 2016 at the age of 41.
Bayo Omoboriowo
Omoboriowo is President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal photographer.
Bayo on several occasions have shared stories of how he hawked sachet water, also known as “pure water” at a market in Mushin area of Lagos State, just to make some money for his family.
But now this young man born into penury at Mushin Lagos 28 years ago is criss-crosses the globe with the President.
Durella
Singer-songwriter Oluwadamilare Okulaja, commonly referred to as ‘Durella’ is popular for his hit songs "Enu Ose" "Shayo" "Wizkolo Wiska" "Club Rock" and "GaGa" featuring Wizkid.
Though the ‘king of the Zanga’, as he is fondly called was born in Zaria, Kaduna he grew up in the two of the most notorious communities-Mushin and Ajegunle.  
The "MTV Base Advance Warning Artist" of the year awardee literally oozes these areas while he showcases his craft.
Shina Akanni 
The self-styled ‘Scorpido of Fuji Music’ was the former National Chairman of Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria (FUMAN), an affiliate of PMAN.
The multi-award winner, in a recent interview disclosed that he was born in the early 60s in Mushin where he also was raised.
Terry Apala
It is rare to see a non-Yoruba sing a genre of music like ‘Apala’ which is peculiar to the Western region, however Ejeh Alexander Terry, an indigene of Warri in Delta State does this with ease basically because he grew up in Mushin.

The singer who goes by the stage name ‘Terry Apala’, recently release a single he titles-‘Introduction to Apala Music’.
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