9th January, 2015
This may sound a cheery news to music buffs, especially lovers of highlife music as videos of some evergreen songs of doyen of highlife music in Nigeria, Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya (OON), are set for release.
This revelation was made recently during the celebration of the ace trumpeter’s 84th birthday at Stadium Hotel, Surulere, Lagos, by Michael Odiong, representative of Olaiya’s handlers, Premier Music and made public by Bayode, one of the musician’s children.
The videos, according to Bayode, will be released by the middle of this month in commemoration of his father’s 84th birthday and as New Year’s gift from the highlife music legend.
This is coming barely two years after a similar musical video of a remix of one of Olaiya’s evergreen songs, Baby Jowo, featuring hip hop star, 2face, was released.
The modest birthday bash was graced by relatives, friends, associates and fans of the ace trumpeter from across Lagos metropolis, who paid glowing tributes to him.
They include renowned businessman and socialite, High Chief Alex Duduyemi, who described Olaiya as a great man who will remain great forever, adding, “you have made history and history has made you.”
A die-hard admirer of the musician, Prof. Durosinmi-Etti, described him as one whose name opens doors anywhere in the country as a result of his immense contribution to the growth of music in Nigeria.
Also speaking at the event, his younger brother, Col. Ebun Olaiya (retd), who prayed to God to continue to give him grace and strength; Dr. Soji George, who admonished younger generation of musicians to emulate his humility, and Bobby Emmanuel, among others, who wished him many more years on earth.
After performing the popular song, Baby Jowo, in company of his children, Bayode, Bidemi and Biodun, Olaiya thanked God for His mercies and those that graced the occasion for their good will and patronage at all times.