Today Google celebrates the birth of Late Chief Oliver De Coque.
Who can forget the iconic shinny beards & Guitar maestro?
King (Dr.) Chief Oliver De Coque (1947-2008) Oliver Sunday Akanite was a Nigerian guitarist and one of Africa’s most prolific recording artists.
Since releasing his debut album Messiah Messiah in 1977, Coque had recorded no fewer than 93 albums in his homeland. His dance-inspiring “Ogene” style of Nigerian high life, which blends modern high life and traditional Igbo music, has produced such hits as
“People’s Club of Nigeria”,
“nempi social club”,
“Biri Ka Mbiri,”
“Nnukwu Mmanwu,” and “Identity,”
which remained on Radio Nigeria 2’s Top Ten throughout most of 1981.
Playing music since the age of 11, Coque was 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. Attracting international attention with a London
performance in 1973, he played on Prince Nico Mbarga’s album Sweet Mother four years later. Coque was often backed by his brother Eugene’s Igede International Band. Oliver’s sons Edu de Coque, Safin de Coque and Solar de Coque are also musicians.
He died at the age of 61 in 2008. Oliver De Coque married four wives and is a father of twelve children.
He was a native of Ezinifite in Nnewi South LG of Anambra state. While alive it was widely speculated that there was a constant rivalry between Oliver