The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has mourned the loss of life of the late music icon, Sir Victor Olaiya.
Mohammed in an announcement despatched to DAILY POST signed by his Particular Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi mentioned regardless of his age, Olaiya’s loss of life got here as a shock to him.
He described Olaiya, as a legend whose music signposted an ideal epoch within the historical past of Nigeria.
The minister added that the loss of life of Olaiya was an ideal loss to the Artistic Business.
”Sir Victor Olaiya was not only a musician, however an ideal patriot, therefore it was not a shock that he performed formally when the nation turned impartial in 1960 and when it turned a republic in 1963.
”The doyen of highlife music charted a path for a lot of generations of Nigerian musicians, and this nice function was not misplaced on him when he did a ‘collabo’ with 2Face Idibia that was obtained with a lot acclaim. It was a symbolic handover of the torch of excellence to the brand new era of Nigerian musicians,” Alhaji Mohammed mentioned.
He mentioned the perfect tribute that may be paid to the reminiscence of the late music legend is for at this time’s era of musicians to proceed to attempt for excellence of their area.
The Minister despatched his condolences to the household, pals and associates of the late Sir Olaiya, and prayed to God to grant repose to his soul and to consolation the household he left behind.