Obey, KWAM1, others pay tribute when high-life music legend Victor Olaiya dies at the age of 89
By Opeyemi Kehinde, Lagos @kennysous | Release date February 12, 2020, 10:11 pm
Nigerians from all walks of life have started to pay tribute to the Nigerian highlife music legend Sir. Victor Olaiya, who died in Lagos on Wednesday. 89-year-old Olaiya is said to have died this afternoon in the teaching hospital of the Lagos University (LUTH) in Idi Araba, where he was admitted after a short illness.
In a statement confirming his death, Evergreen Music Company Limited managing director Bimbo Esho said: “The entire music world wants to announce the death of a legend of highlife music – one of the last men, the last of the world originals, Dr. Victor Olaiya, OON. “This premature incident occurred at LUTH on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, exactly at 12 noon.
“We pray that the doyen of highlife music finds peace with the creator and wishes the family and the entire music community the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
The experienced Nigerian musician Chief Ebenezer Obey, popularly known as “Obey Commander”, also paid tribute to the legend of late highlife and described Olaiya as one of the African fathers of highlife music, a great entertainer par excellence who had made a significant contribution to the growth of music African continent and especially Nigeria. Obey added that Olaiya gave good examples to other African musicians to emulate them and projected good morals in his musical works. “Nigeria 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 that his soul will rest in peace and God will comfort his family. “Olaiya was a very serious person who projected high life music around the world. “He is indeed a man to be emulated. He was later redirected to do business and he was also a successful businessman, ”said Obey.
Similarly, Yorubaland’s Mayegun, Dr. Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, popularly known as KWAM 1, to the family and fans of Dr. Olaiya expressed his condolences. Fuji’s music icon said in a statement released by his media bureau that Olaiya had left posterity for Nigerians and Africans in general through his music. “Indeed, the death of Sir Victor Olaiya, although he is at an advanced age of 89, is a grave loss for the Yoruba race and the global music industry. We are still comforted by the fact that he used his talent, to bless mankind in general. “The world would be forever grateful to him for the joy that he propagated and that posterity has left behind through his music.” The thoughts and prayers of Yorubas around the world are in with the Olaiya family – and abroad, “he said. Olaiya was born in Calabar, Cross River, on December 31, 1930, although his parents were from Ijesha-Iju, Ekiti state. Olaiya was extremely famous in Nigeria in the 1950s and early 1980s his hits and albums include “Baby Jowo”, “Feso J’aiye”, “Ilu Le O”, “Taxi Driver”, “Omopupa”, “Jemila”, “So fun mi”, “Tina Meta”, “Pambotoriboto”, “Aigana”, “Odale Ore”, “Mo Fe Muyan”, “Opataritius”, “Fam i Mora O “and” Omolanke “below
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