Breaking: Legendary Highlife Musician, Victor Olaiya Dies at 89

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SWITZERLAND, FEBRUARY 12 – Legendary Highlife musician and one of the last man standing in the genre, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON, has died at the age of 89, according to media reports.

The Doyen of Highlife music in Nigeria, and “the last of the original”, reportedly died at Luth hospital Lagos State at exactly 12pm today Wednesday 12th of February, 2020.

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.”

He was one of the people that shaped the social life of Lagos.

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