Oliver De Coque is a household name in the Nigerian music circle. Though many believe he is not a Nigerian owing to his popular name which has a French leaning, the man, who started music 39 years ago with Ekpili at the age of 17, actually hails from Ezinifite, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. His real name is Oliver Sunday Akanite.
At the age of 28 in 1976, Akanite registered a remarkable landmark with his universally accepted lyrics and ryhthms which he created through Ogene Super Sound of Africa. The albums he has released in the past 26 years till date are hits to the extent that his greatest hit; Ka anyi bili be ndu sold two million copies. Following his astounding musical performance, he started receiving awards, and honours from Nigeria and beyond. Ten years ago, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi crowned him the King of Highlife music.
In the same 1994, in far away America, he was conferred with the honorary doctor of letters in Music at the University of New Orleans. At home, the highest title in his land, Ikemba, a similar title that was bequeathed to the Biafran warlord, Dim Emeka Ojukwu, was given to Akanite in his town, Ezinifite.
Oliver De Coque
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