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DAILY TRUST Thursday, February 27, 2003 Bala Miller is dead From Sani Babadoko, in Kaduna One of the foremost musicians from Northern Nigeria, Fredrick Mainasara Bala Miller, is dead. Aged 75, the Kaduna-based musician died yesterday morning after a brief illness. Born in Pankshin, Plateau State, Bala was the last son of Late Canon and Mrs. Miller, the first Hausa Anglican Reverend in Nigeria. He is survived by five children and a grandson. Bala was born on March 7, 1928 and attended the Holy Trinity School, Lokoja, CMS Grammar School, Lagos, and obtained a management certificate through the Lasella Correspondence Course. He started his working career with the Lever Brothers in 1950 from where he moved to the Nigerian Breweries and became acting regional sales manager in 1956. He joined Mobil Oil in 1960, T. A. Braithwaite Insurance, Lagos, and later the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 1966. He was also the regional sales manager at AMCO in 1967, WAATECO 1968, Director of music with the Kano State government in 1973 and had been a director of Costain Club, Kaduna, where he played until he was taken ill. Bala Miller won several awards including the Nigerian Television Authority (Star Performer Award in 1983), Black Entertainer Award, Nigeria Music Award (1989), Horn National Award for Arts and Culture (2001) and the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON). He has also represented Nigeria at international music festivals and was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ode Remo by Oba Funsho Adeolu. One of his daughters, Miss Rabi Miller, told Daily Trust at his Waziri Drive residence where mourners had converged by yesterday afternoon that March 8 has been fixed for his funeral ceremony. In a swift reaction to the announcement of the death of Bala Miller, the presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), General Muhammadu Buhari, has described the death as a most irreparable loss. He described Bala Miller as a patriot and a leading artistic figure, who used his enormous talent to unite the people of our great country. He added that Bala Millers death at this time has robbed Nigeria of his matured counsel and unwavering commitment to national unity and pursuit of excellence. He prayed God to grant his family fortitude to bear the loss of this outstanding son of Nigeria.