Highlife King of Africa and Nigerian guitarist Oliver Sunday Akanite popularly known as King (Dr.) Chief Oliver De Coque who died at the age of 61 in 2008 has been honoured posthumously by Google when the company dedicated a doodle on him for his 74th birthday. The illustration for the doodle was made by Ohab Tochukwu Bernard Johnbosco (Ohab TBJ) who expressed his delight as a dream come true.
Born on this day in 1947, the Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer and Lead Guitarist conquered the world of Highlife music for more than 40 years in which 93 albums were released in that time. Oliver is also considered the most flamboyant Igbo musician. Attracting international attention with a London performance in 1973, he played on Prince Nico Mbarga's album Sweet Mother four years later.
The Highlife King is survived by sons Edu de Coque, Safin de Coque, Solar de Coque who are also musicians, nine other children and four wives.