Nigeria’s legendary singer and guitarist Sir Victor Uwaifo has passed away.
A close source of the family confirmed this to The Nation on Saturday.
The source said he died after a short illness.
The ‘guitar boy’, as he was affectionately known, celebrated his 80th birthday in March.
Uwaifo is also the first professional musician to be awarded the National Merit Honors 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 records in Guitar Boy, Arabade, Ekassa series and Akwete music.
He recorded under the name Victor Uwaifo and His TItibitis.
He was recognized as the most educated performing music legend, inventor of musical instruments, recording artist, worldwide with a BA Honors (first class farewell), Masters degree and Ph.D in Architectural Sculpture from University of Benin in Nigeria