Nigerian highlife musician, Victor Olaiya, dies at 89

Victor Olaiya

Victor Olaiya, a veteran Nigerian highlife musician, has passed away at the age of 89.

Bimbo Esho, the managing director of Evergreen Music Company, disclosed this in a statement to on Wednesday — hours after the 1950’s trumpeter passed on.

In the statement, the veteran singer was said to have have died while on admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

“The entire music world wish to announce the death of a Legend of Highlife music one of the last man standing, the last of the original Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON,” Esho said.

“This untimely incident happened at Luth hospital, Lagos State, at exactly 12noon.

“We pray that the Doyen of highlife music finds repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”

Born in December 1930 to Alfred Olaiya and Bathsheba Olaiya, the late musician had come through as the 20th child of a family of 24.

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