Veteran Highlife singer, Victor Olaiya, on Wednesday, February 12, has reportedly died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
In a statement released on Wednesday by the Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd, Bimbo Esho, said the untimely incident happened at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
He wrote, “This untimely incident happened at LUTH Lagos State at exactly 12noon today, Wednesday 12th of February, 2020.
“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.
“And to my name sake Abimbola Olaiya, I will miss your contribution to HIGHLIFE MUSIC”.
Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya was 89 years of age on December 31, 2019.
He was born on 31 December 1930 in Calabar, Cross River State.
He was the 20th child of a family of 24. His parents, Alfred Omolona Olaiya and Bathsheba Owolabi Motajo, came from Ijesha-Ishu in Ekiti State.
Olaiya came from a wealth home. His father’s house, Ilọijọs Bar, was located at Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island, until it was demolished on 11 September 2016.
At an early age, he mastered how to play the Bombardon and the French Horn.
He moved to Lagos, passed the school certificate examination in 1951 and was accepted by Howard University, America, to study civil engineering.
Olaiya instead pursued a career as a musician, which annoyed his parents.