The entire music world wish to announce the death of a Legend of Highlife music, One of the last man standing, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON.
This incident occurred at Lagos University Teaching hospital(LUTH), Lagos State at exactly 12 noon on Wednesday 12th of February, 2020.
Olaiya was born on 31 December 1930, in Calabar, Cross River State, the 20th child of a family of 24.
His parents, Alfred Omolona Olaiya and Bathsheba Owolabi Motajo, came from Ijesha-Ishu in Ekiti State. Olaiya came from a very rich family. His father’s house called Ilọijọs Bar stood on 2 Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island, until it was demolished on 11 September 2016. At an early age he learned to play the Bombardon and the French Horn.
After leaving school he moved to Lagos, where he passed the school certificate examination in 1951 and was accepted by Howard University, US, to study civil engineering. Olaiya instead pursued a career as a musician, to the disapproval of his parents. He played with the Sammy Akpabot Band, was leader and trumpeter for the Old Lagos City Orchestra and joined the Bobby Benson Jam Session Orchestra.