Ebenezer Obey Mourns As African Music Legend, Olaiya Dies At 89


A Nigerian veteran musician, Ebenezer Obey, on Wednesday, mourned late highlife music legend, Victor Olaiya.

Obey stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said the music legend lived a life worthy of emulation.

The ‘Baby Jowo’ crooner died at the age of 89, after a brief illness on Wednesday afternoon at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Obey described Olaiya as a good leader who made a meaningful contribution to the growth of Nigerian and African entertainment industry and laid good examples to be emulated.

He urged the younger musicians to emulate late Olaiya to make remarkable progress in the industry.

According to him, late Olaiya remained focused, hardworking and dedicated to his career.

“Nigeria has lost one of the African fathers of highlife music; he has contributed his quota to the development of the entertainment industry and I pray his soul rests in peace and God comforts his family.

“Olaiya was a very serious-minded person who projected the highlife music throughout the entire world.

“He is indeed a man to emulate. He later diverted to do business and he was a successful businessman also,” Obey said

Olaiya retired from his musical career in 2017 and had some hit tracks like: “Omopupa”; “Jemila”, “Pambotoriboto” among others

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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