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.

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