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For inspiring his going into music professionally, Segun Bello better known as Awaje, has disclosed that he will forever be grateful to living music legend, Ebenezer Obey. The promising Juju/Highlife crooner, who started singing at a very tender age in the church as a member of choir, further added that Obey's influence made him a better and experienced entertainer.

Awaje who started music professionally 11 years ago, has three successful albums to his credit.

His first album entitled, Let's Dance, was released in 2002; while the follow up album, Prayer, hit shelves in 2003 and the third effort Glory, came out in 2005.

Bello, also an instrumentalist is currently working on his latest album dubbed, 'Fomo Foko', a wedding song.

As a creative and innovative mind, he has worked with talented acts like, Yinka Best, Mega 99, Eddy Montana, Eedris Abdulkareem, Olu Maintain, Tony Tetuila and a host of others. Awaje who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State is the third in the family of five, and grew up in the Mafoluku area of Lagos, where he also had his primary and secondary educations.

In a recent encounter, the emerging artiste disclosed that his dad encouraged and influenced his musical career, a great deal. 'When I discovered the talent in me, my dad bought me toy keyboard, guitar and piano,' he recalled.

Commenting further on his role model, still single Awaye maintained that Obey's music had inspired generation of Nigerian acts, especially budding ones like him. He equally looks up to the duo of Gbenga Adeyinka and Odunlade Adekola Bello, who he described as his favourite comedian and actor, respectively.