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Tunde Baiyewu (born Babatunde Emanuel Baiyewu, 25 November 1968, London) is a British singer of Nigerian descent and is a member of the easy listening duo, Lighthouse Family. In 2004 he embarked on a solo career, releasing the album, Tunde.


Baiyewu was born in London, but moved to Nigeria at the age of five after the death of his father. Ten years later he moved back to England, attending the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, and obtained a degree in accounting. He saw posters advertising for a singer and subsequently met Paul Tucker - their partnership began, and they formed Lighthouse Family.

In 2005, he appeared on the BBC Television one-off special, Strictly African Dancing. He came last, but he learned the Bata dance in the process.

On 12 November 2006, Baiyewu appeared in an ITV documentary called Faith in Music. This documentary charted the life and music of Baiyewu, from his roots in Africa, through Lighthouse Family and into his current solo incarnation. It also showed Baiyewu performing an acoustic set featuring tracks from his latest album.

In January 2007, Baiyewu held his first tour in over four years (the last time being with Lighthouse Family). He did four concerts from 13-16 January 2007 in Edinburgh, Manchester, Wolverhampton and London respectively. He combined his solo material with Lighthouse Family hits and dedicated each and every song to his nephew Funto.

Personal life

He is an alumnus of Northumbria University having completed an Accountancy degree in 1992.

In March 2007, Baiyewu married Tope Adeshina, a young Nigerian model in Lagos, Nigeria. They live in the UK.

His mother went on to marry former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is of the Yoruba ethnic group.