Veteran Highlife musician, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya, is dead, his label, Evergreen Music Company, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. He was 89 years old.
“The entire music world wish to announce the death of a Legend of Highlife music, One of the last men standing, the last of the original Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON,” Bimbo Esho, Managing Director, Evergreen Music said.
“We pray that the soul of the Doyen of highlife music find repose with his creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
As a musician, Olaiya’s musical genre straddled both highlife and afro beats.He also had popular hits such as ‘Ilu le Kosi owo L’ode’, ‘Omo Pupa o’, Baby J’owo and so on.
According to his biography, Olaiya was born on 31 December 1930, in Calabar, Cross River State, the 20th child of a family of 24.
In July 2013, Victor Olaiya released a music video remix of Baby Jowo(Baby Mi Da)with 2face idibia and was received with much acclaim.
Olaiya married many wives. He had children and grandchildren. One of his sons is Bayode Olaiya.