Veteran Highlife musician, Dr Victor Olaiya is dead. At 89, the “Omo Pupa” hit maker was confirmed dead on Wednesday afternoon. He had been admitted at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital at he was said to have passed at exactly 12 PM.

Victor Abimbola Olaiya (born 31 December 1930), also known as Dr Victor Olaiya, is a Nigerian trumpeter whose works feature prominently in the Highlife genre. He was quite famous during the 1950s and early 1960’s, with Alhaji Alade Odunewu of the Daily Times describing him as “The Evil Genius of Highlife”.

In 2017, Dr. Olaiya retired from music. But not before collaborating with 2Face Idibia on the remix of his timeless classic, “Baby Jowo“.

Many eminent Nigerians have reacted to his sad passing, with some touting his demise as the end of the Golden era of Highlife.