Tributes have trailed the death of legendary musician, Victor Olaiya who died at the ripe age of 89, he passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
According to reports, he gave up the ghost around 12mid-day at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, after a brief illness. The late legend was married and had many children.
Pa Victor Olaiya’s record label Evergreen Music Company officially announced his demise.
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“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,” Evergreen Music Company said as reported by The Nation.
“We pray that the soul of the Doyen of highlife music finds repose with his creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
However, Chief Dr. Ebenezer Obey, a veteran musician has hailed the deceased for his contribution to Nigerian music.
“Nigeria has lost one of the African fathers of high-life music; he has contributed his quota to the development of the entertainment industry and I pray his soul rest in peace and God comforts his family.
“Olaiya was a very serious-minded person who projected the highlife music throughout the entire world.
“He is indeed a man to emulate. He later diverted to do business and he was a successful businessman also,” Obey said.
Also the king of Fuji music and Mayegun Of Yorubaland Dr. Wasiu Ayinde Marshal commiserates With Late Victor Olaiya’s family
In a statement released by the media office of the Mayegun, he said, “Indeed, Sir Victor Olaiya’s death, though at the advanced age of 89, is a profound loss to the Yoruba race and global music industry; we are nonetheless comforted by the fact that he used his talent to bless humanity in general.”
The Mayegun of Yorubaland. stated that though the highlife music legend’s earthly odyssey might have ended, “The world would forever be grateful to him for the joy he propagated and has bequeathed posterity through his music.” While praying for the repose of his soul, the Mayegun added, “The thoughts and prayers of Yorubas across the world are with the Olaiya family at home and abroad.”
Olaiya born on December 31, 1930, in Calabar, Cross River State. The 20th child of a family of 24, he was from a wealthy home.
At an early age, he learned to play the Bombardon and the French Horn.
After leaving school he moved to Lagos where he passed the school certificate examination in 1951 and was accepted by Howard University in the United States to study Civil Engineering.
Olaiya instead, pursued a career as a musician to the disapproval of his parents.
He is survived by many wives, children, and grandchildren.