With just two plastic bottles, visually-impaired Basit Raheem drums like a professional and sings fuji music flawlessly. Now the teenage boy has said he wants to be greater than the fuji maestro himself, Pasuma.
The story of the 13-year-old talent was made public when a video of him singing Pasuma’s songs was uploaded on the Internet. Within a few days, the video caught the attention of Pasuma, who eventually met the young boy in his home.
In a chat with the singer, Basit stated that he is multi-talented and he does not only do fuji music only. He said,
“I can sing all kinds of songs, but I like fuji music the most. I know most of the songs of Davido, Olamide and Wizkid. I thank God for everything he has done for me and the gift he gave me. I just want people to help me because I want to be great in life. I want to be greater than Pasuma. I love music and it is the only thing I want to do.”
According to Basit’s father, Taiwo Raheem, a lot of people have been visiting the boy ever since he came into limelight, but this has not yielded anything as no one ha ever rendered any form of assistance to the boy.
“I thank everyone for the love they have shown towards my son. We have not received any help, though people have been visiting. Pasuma has promised to help us. He told us that Basit will be performing with him on stage. I’m so happy for my son because he loves Pasuma and knows all his songs. When we visited Pasuma, he was happy to meet Basit too.”
Explaining the circumstances that led to Basit’s blindness, Taiwo, a bricklayer, said,
“I have six children and Basit is the second. He was not born blind. He hadn’t even started walking as a kid when the trouble started. We took him to different places for help but there was no solution. When I took him to a place known as Oke Agbara (Mountain of Power) in Ibadan, they told us that there was nothing we could do but to show him endless love and support. They said that he would be great and he would also regain his sight someday.”
Taiwo said though he had so much wished for the boy to get formal education, but all efforts to convince Basit to take education seriously have proved abortive.
“Basit was in a school before, but he told us he wanted to focus on music. He has been singing since he was eight years old. I would have loved to take him to a music school, but I don’t have the means. I don’t get jobs regularly and his mother’s business has collapsed also.”