Veteran Singer, Victor Olaiya is dead

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Veteran highlife singer Victor Olaiya has died at the age of 89 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The deceased, who celebrated his birthday last December, was confirmed dead today by Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd., Bimbo Esho.

Victor Abimbola Olaiya (born 31 December 1930), also known as Dr Victor Olaiya, is a Nigerian trumpeter who plays in the highlife style. Though extremely famous in Nigeria during the 1950s and early 1960s, Olaiya received little recognition outside his native country. Alhaji Alade Odunewu of the Daily Times described him as “The Evil Genius of Highlife.”

May his soul rest in peace

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