Renowned Veteran highlife musician, Victor Olaiya, is dead.
The entertainer is reported to have passed on at about 12 noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Olaiya’s death was confirmed by the Managing Director of the Evergreen Music Company Limited, Bimbo Esho.
She released a statement that read in part, “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 originals, Dr Victor Olaiya, OON.
“This untimely incident happened at LUTH at exactly 12noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
“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.”
Famous for hit songs and albums such as ‘Baby Jowo’, ‘Feso J’aiye’, ‘Ilu Le O’ and ‘Taxi Driver’, the singer and trumpeter was born on December 31, 1930, in Calabar, Cross River. However, his parents were from Ijesha-Iju in Ekiti State.