Nigerian highlife legend, Sir Victor Olaiya has passed on in Lagos at the age of 89 after a brief illness.

He died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, on Wednesday.

A gifted trumpeter, Olaiya rose to global fame in the 1950s and 60s through his blend of gripping highlife sound.

Sir Victor Olaiya was born on December 31, 1930 in the city of Calabar  but hailed from Ijesha-Ishu town in today’s  Ekiti State.

He retired from his long music career in 2017, years after he had churned out hit tracks like  Omopupa, Aigana, Pambotoriboto, Opataritius, Mo fe Muyan, Jemila, Kosowo l’ode, Odale Ore, So fun mi, Omolanke and Tina Mate.