How Pasuma turned to music after failed football career 

How Pasuma turned to music after failed football career 

Fawaz Adebisi

Veteran Fuji singer, Wasiu Alabi Odetola, popularly known as Pasuma, has shared the intriguing story of his transition from football to music.

In a recent interview with Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, Pasuma recounted how his dreams of playing in the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship in China were dashed, leading him to embrace a different path.

The talented fuji musician had been invited to participate in the CODAK 85, representing Nigeria alongside three other players from a club in Shogunle.

However, according to him, fate intervened, and he was not selected for the World Cup squad. It was at this crossroads that he chose to follow his passion for music.

Pasuma explained that, “in 1984, Alhaji King Wasiu Ayinde released an album called ‘Talazo ’84’.’ The album was everywhere; worldwide.”

According to him, he got inspired by the project and made a pivotal decision of venturing into music.

Reflecting on his journey, Pasuma stated, “I was a professional footballer, but missing out on the World Cup was a turning point. Music became my new path, and the rest, as they say, is history.”


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