Friday, 6 March 2009
Oliver de Coque
Born in 1947, in Ezinifite, Anambra State, Sunday Akanite popularly known as Oliver de Coque was a prolific guitarist who popularised the "Ogene" dance inspiring style of Nigerian highlife, recorded no fewer than 73 albums in his life time. Some of his major hits include "Biri Ka Mbiri, and "identity."
Oliver who started music at the age of 11 played on the Prince Nico Mbarga's evergreen album "Sweet Mother." The Ogene exponent was the rave of the eastern part of Nigeria throughout his musical career, which spanned over three decades, entertaining his fans with deeply rooted philosophical lyrics.
Oliver de Coque died in a hospital at Gbagada in Lagos in 2008.