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INTERESTING: Facts About Victor Olaiya That You Never Knew

Oluwatobi

Feb. 13, 2020

Source: Nigeria Global News
One of Nigeria's Music Legend, Sir Victor Olaiya took many people by surprise by his death on Wednesday afternoon. 
The music maestro’s death has sent shock waves across the country with friends, colleagues, fans and family members recalling the exploits of the man who came to national prominence between the late 50s and early 60s. 
He is regarded as one of the best sensations of Highlife Music in Nigeria. Six glorious decades that have seen him become one of the pioneers of the Nigerian Highlife, his music has defined him and that is what champions him.
Kindly find below facts you never knew about Sir Victor Olaiya:
 Source: Wuzup Nigeria
1. Popular Nigerian Actress Late Moji Olaiya, happened to be the daughter to Victor Olaiya. She died in Canada on the 17th of May 2017 just two months after giving birth to her second child.
2. In 2017, Dr. Victor Olaiya reportedly announced his retirement from a six-decade career in music. His decision was hinged on failing health and doctor’s instruction to desist from performances.
3. Victor Olaiya was called an evil genius because he made his fans sweat through dancing while enjoying his music. According to him, “To make a difference in the music, you need to sweat.”
4. In 2017, Dr. Victor Olaiya reportedly announced his retirement from a six-decade career in music. His decision was hinged on failing health and doctor’s instruction to desist from performances.
Source: Channels TV
5. Sir Victor Olaiya performed at the State Ball held on Independence Day, October 1st, 1960 and also when Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom visited Nigeria in 1956, and later to play at the state balls when Nigeria became a republic in 1963.
6. He renamed his band from Cool Cats to All-Stars Band when they performed at the 1963 International Jazz Festival in Czechoslovakia. The International Jazz Festival is held annually and regarded as one of the oldest and most traditional ones in Europe.
7. Olaiya forgone civil engineering ambition for music. He passed his School Certificate Examination in 1951 and was accepted by Howard University, Washington, United States but decided to pursue music instead, against his parent’s consent.
8. No one knew (at least the media) the number of children or wives Olaiya had in his lifetime. He always declined to reveal the number.
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