High-life legend Oliver De Coque honored by google on his 74th birthday


Nigerian Highlife music legend, Oliver De Coque, has been today honored with a Google doodle in commemoration of his 74th posthumous birthday.

The Google doodle was created by Lagos-based artist, Ohab TBJ.

Ohab shared the artwork on Instagram stating it was a dream come true,

“Ayeeeeeeeeeeeee. Darling I illustrated a @google Doodle. It’s a doodle to commemorate the late Oliver De Coque, a Nigerian guitarist and one of Africa’s prolific recording artist, on his birthday today.

“OMG! This is one of my dream projects come true and I still can’t believe it!!! Today I’m literally googling everything before the day ends. AD shout to @helenecleroux. Go google everything today too darling!(It’s only live in Nigeria tho) Make sure to click on the Doodle to learn about Chief Oliver De Coque”.

Oliver Sunday Akanite, better known as Oliver De Coque was born on April 14, 1947 at Nnewi, Anambra state. He was a foremost Highlife musician and was also a Lead guitarist who was active from 1965 till June 2008 when he died.

Oliver Sunday Akanite
BornApril 14, 1947
OriginEzinifite, Nnewi SouthAnambra State,
DiedJune 20, 2008 (aged 61)
GenresIgbo highlife
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Lead Guitarist
Years active1965–2008
LabelsOlumo Records Nigeria Limited

Oliver de Coque released his debut album Messiah Messiah in 1977 and went on to record no fewer than 93 albums during his career.

His career began at the tender age of 11, taught to play the guitar by Piccolo, a Congolese guitarist living in Nigeria. Serving an apprenticeship with juju stars Sunny Agaga and Jacob Oluwale, he was a star by his late teens.

Oliver is also considered as the most flamboyant Igbo musician, he spent N30,000 on his beard weekly and that amounted to N120,000 monthly. Attracting international attention with a London performance in 1973, he played on Prince Nico Mbarga‘s album Sweet Mother four years later.

The highlife legend died in June 2008 after complications arising from diabetes.


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