By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Veteran Highlife icon, Victor Olaiya has been confirmed dead, after illness. The announcement was made by Bimbo Esho, the Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Ltd.
Esho reported the news via her Facebook page. She wrote: “Breaking News !! The Death of the Doyen of Highlife music in Nigeria
“The entire music world wish to announce the death of a Legend of Highlife music one of the last man standing, the last of the original Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON.
“This untimely incident happened at Luth hospital 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 31st, 2019.”