Victor Olaiya dies at 89

14 Février, 2020, 02:51 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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President Muhammadu Buhari says history will be kind to Victor Olaiya, a veteran Nigerian highlife musician, who died on Wednesday, for his many legacies.

"This untimely incident happened at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital around 12noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020". The news was reported by Bimbo Esho who is the managing Director for evergreen music company limited via her Facebook page.

A gifted trumpeter, Olaiya rose to global fame in the 1950s and 1960s through his blend of gripping highlife sound.

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Abimbola Olaiya passed on at the age of 89 at exactly 12pm at LUTH in Lagos state. We pray that the Doyen of highlife music find repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.

He noted that the departed musician's works transcended Nigeria, the West Coast, as well as the African continent. "He later diverted to do business and he was a successful businessman also", Obey said.

Papingo Dalaya, as the highlife maestro is called, was born on December 31, 1930, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital but hails from Ijesha-Ishu, Ekiti State.

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