The President said the highlife maestro, known for his mastery of the trumpet, brought joy and delight to people across generations, with his songs which were both entertaining and didactic.
The entertainer is reported to have passed on at about 12 noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
A statement issued by Bimbo Esho of Evergreen Music Company Limited, “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 originals, Dr Victor Olaiya, OON.
“This untimely incident happened at LUTH at exactly 12noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
“We pray that the doyen of highlife music finds repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
Famous for hit songs such as ‘Baby Jowo’, ‘Feso J’aiye’, ‘Ilu Le O’ and ‘Taxi Driver’, the singer and trumpeter was born on December 31, 1930, in Calabar, Cross River. His parents were from Ijesha-Iju in Ekiti State.