Saturday, June 21, 2008

Oliver de Coque is Dead

From The Sunday Tribune (Lagos):

Highlife musician, Oliver De Coque is dead. Sunday Oliver Akanite, who hailed from Anambra State, died on Friday after an apparent heart attack.

His daughter, Uju, said her late father was rushed to July Hospital in Gbagada, Lagos, after complaining of irregular heart beat on Friday.

He suddenly started complaining that his heart was beating faster than normal, and that he had problems breathing, she said, sobbing.

When the family eventually rushed him to the hospital, Oliver was said to have vomitted ten times in ten minutes before he finally died.

Tony Okoroji, who expressed shock at the death of another friend of his, said Oliver was all fun on board Soul Flight to Imo for the NMA last month and that he couldn’t believe the guitarist is dead.

Also, King Sunny Ade expressed sadness over the death of Oliver, saying he was one of the best Nigerian guitarists he’d ever known. Same for K1 and Saka Orobo, FUMAN president. Both described Oliver’s death as the final blow to highlife music.

This is a great tragedy and loss for Nigerian music. I will shortly post my personal memories of De Coque and more news as it becomes available.


Anonymous said...

This is tragic! Whats happening in Nigeria? We are all losing our legends.

Anonymous said...

I am one of millions of oliver De Coque's fans who will surely miss this icon.Chief Akamite played a dorminant role in our lives as per entertainment and I am happy to be thrilled by his music.I have been listening to Oliver's music in over two decades and have been showcasing some of his hard to find CDS on my website.

Oyindamola sulaimon said...

Wish i culd c chiamaka hz daughta.........didnt hav tym to console ha bou da al hz famili membaz nd fanz....a big sowie to u al

Unknown said...

This is pathetic. I'm about writing a dissertation on the man. how i wish he is still alive and everything would've been easier.

Unknown said...

In fact if oliver de coque haven't dead now he supposed teach me how to play d guitar in my music now! Sad 4 d great lost.