Nigerian Highlife music icon, Sir Victor Olaiya, has passed away.
The musician, who was 89 at the time of his death, passed away after a brief illness at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital on Wednesday.
Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd, Bimbo Esho, announced Olaiya’s demise.
A gifted trumpeter, Olaiya rose to global fame in the 1950s and 1960s through his blend of gripping highlife sound.
Reacting to the incident, the singer 2face Idibia said he was devastated. He tweeted, “Devastated by the news of the passing of Dr. Victor Olaiya – maestro, mentor, legend. Thanks for the beautiful music. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessed for the honour of sharing a mic and stage with you. Rest in peace baba.”
Many other celebrities have sent their condolences, expressing shock over the news.