Tributes have begun to pour in for Victor Olaiya, a veteran Nigerian highlife musician, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 89.
In a statement to TheCable Lifestyle, Bimbo Esho, the managing director of Evergreen Music Company, disclosed that the trumpeter had died while on admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
“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,” Esho said.
“This untimely incident happened at Luth hospital, Lagos State, at exactly 12noon.”
The statement, however, did not disclose the cause of his death.
Fans and music lovers have since taken to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to pay their last respect to the legendary musician.
“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,” 2baba Idibia wrote.
“Mehn! This closes a major era. Dr. Victor Olaiya was one of the true greats. A legend has just passed on. May his soul rest in peace,” Omojuwa wrote.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Mehn! This closes a major era. Dr. Victor Olaiya was one of the true greats. A legend has just passed on. May his soul rest in peace. https://t.co/SoXj4og6YH
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) February 12, 2020
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.
— IG: @official2baba (@official2baba) February 12, 2020
Respect to the fallen legend sir victor olaiya 👑👑 pic.twitter.com/vshCKfIN7A
— DATDEE (@Datinurspeakers) February 12, 2020
Victor Olaiya..the highlife maestro..has died at the age of 89. He was one of the people that shaped the social life of Lagos. I wish Nollywood would do a movie about how the music industry was back in the day..using his life as an focal point.
— debbie.com.ng (@DebsExtra) February 12, 2020
Omo pupa ooo
Omo pupa lemi fe
OMO pupa o.
Jowo kofera mi o..
Was always our school bus drivers song, that all the kids knew it word for word… Then in lagos
RIP sir victor olaiya pic.twitter.com/hTZD0gvIQu
— Calabar olodo 💰 (@_Djolodo) February 12, 2020
— The Naija OAP (@Tcode_70) February 12, 2020
Ebami sor fun sisi yen komai lor o
Toripe faaji tele la wa 🎶
Victor Olaiya. A king forever. Rest on legend. And thank you for all the songs pic.twitter.com/wJtSLH9MfY
— Small Daddy⚪💛 (@bosstex_PR) February 12, 2020
RIP Musical Legend Sir Victor Olaiya.
I enjoyed your music all my life.
— Segun Agbede (@SegunThePundit) February 12, 2020
Nigerian highlife music Legend, Dr Victor Olaiya is dead.
May his soul, Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/E9ZnkrCZ8i
— Chinaks Chris (@ChinaksChris_) February 12, 2020
Sir Victor Olaiya is dead.
We just lost a GEM!
Rest in Peace sir! pic.twitter.com/9lF2WwxGNU
— It's Kivar Baby!!! 💋 (@kivar_b) February 12, 2020
Report just reaching me says,one of highlife music legends,sir victor olaiya ,has passed on in Lagos ,aged 89,after a brief illness.may his gentle soul rest in prefect peace pic.twitter.com/iqeILLiiTP
— Mike-Iroko (@michaelokikije1) February 12, 2020
RIP Sir, Victor Olaiya.. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.. pic.twitter.com/BQd7HqFHEm
— Ejiks🦁🦅🌍 (@Ejiks_Opara) February 12, 2020
RIP Victor Olaiya. Legend!!!
— Rosechild Hussein (@Rosechild_H) February 12, 2020
Rest Easy Legend.
Sleep well Victor Olaiya
— Joel (@joeloseiga) February 12, 2020
E bami so fun sisi yen ko mai lo, ko mai lo 🎶
Victor Olaiya, Journey well Papa.
— OneFineFilmmakerLikeThat🎬 (@TitilayomiAA) February 12, 2020
RIP, Sir Victor Olaiya a music legend
— Eyen Akwa Ibom (@idyudofia10) February 12, 2020
RIP Victor Olaiya
— Dean (@AareDean) February 12, 2020
RIP Victor Olaiya!! https://t.co/5j5UxyHQNN
— Sapiosexual™ (@_Mazimum) February 12, 2020
Ah! Victor Olaiya don die 😔 May he rest in perfect peace. Highlife Legend🌺
— Abalabala 🦋 (@BakaOmubo) February 12, 2020
One of the first songs i was able to play on Recorder while growing up was Omo Pupa by Victor Olaiya.
He made songs that will forever be on my playlists. Rest in Peace, Legend
— I'm Dammy (@AyamDamiee) February 12, 2020
RIP Sir Victor Olaiya! Real icon!
— Lolly Boy (@KingDanas) February 12, 2020
That line, "Yeah Dr Victor Olaiya respect respect maximum respect"
Rest in peace Dr Victor Olaiya
— ADETUNJI TEMITOPE (@temmyadetunji) February 12, 2020
Rest on Sir Victor Olaiya.
You told your story, you did it your way…you sang your song.
It was a good song
— Jeremy (@VictorDonJer) February 12, 2020
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