Ara is broken hearted. No, it is not about her marriage that crashed some time ago. Ara is still shattered concerning the death of Deji Falae, the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ondo State, who was among those that died on the ill-fated Associated Airline on October, 3, 2013.

Falae would have been a year older last Wednesday and the drummer girl couldn’t forget easily how she surprised him on his birthday, last year.

While reminiscing about his last birthday, Ara told Saturday Beats that she had his favourite musician, 9ice, call to wish Falae a happy birthday. She said the young man loved the surprise and was grateful.

The singer who used a picture of Falae as her display picture on Blackberry on Wednesday wrote on her personal message, “Happy Birthday Ayodeji Falae… This day was so special last year. I called 9ice your favourite artiste to give you a surprise happy birthday call, you loved it.”

Still shocked and sad about his demise, Ara said had he lived till Wednesday (his birthday), she had already planned another surprise for him. She said, “I would have got a few of my band members to surprise him with early morning chanting of his panegyric (oriki) and drumming. You know he was a prince.”


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