Legendary musician Victor Uwaifo dies at 80

Veteran singer and guitarist, Sir Victor Uwaifo, is dead.

His nephew Peter Uwaifo broke the news on his Facebook page on Saturday.

“Daddy whyyyyyyyyyy did you leave us now. Prof Sir Victor Uwaifo has gone to rest. Black Saturday for me nooow. One week after collaborating with me,” Peter wrote.

He reportedly died after a brief illness.

The ‘Guitar boy’ as he was fondly called celebrated his 80th birthday in March.

Uwaifo is also the first professional musicians to be awarded with the National Merit Honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).

He was also the first Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Nigeria.

He was the winner of the first gold disc in Africa (Joromi) released in 1965 and seven other gold discs in Guitar boy, Arabade, Ekassa series and Akwete music.

He recorded under the name Victor Uwaifo and His TItibitis.

He was recognised as the most educated performing music legend, musical instrument inventor, artist, worldwide with a B.A Honors (first class valedictorian), Masters degree and Ph.D in Architectural Sculpture from the University of Benin in Nigeria

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