"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.


"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.



ICHEOKU says August 26 is the day history will be made as two of the world's most interesting athletes square off in the ring. Boxing champion Floyd MayWeather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, will fight on August 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ICHEOKU says not in a position yet to place bet on who will win the fight. Salute


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to of their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide in their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ


"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Friday, June 20, 2008


With the sudden demise of Chief Sunday Akanite aka Oliver De Coque, King of Highlife, the Highlife listening world, especially those Igbo happy men and women who gyrate to the audacious tune of Highlife music, have been deprived of the last remaining master-musician of our times. According to one sympathiser, “as far as Highlife music is concerned in the South East, Oliver was the last man standing and now that he is dead, it is hoped that Highlife in the east would not die with him.” Oliver De Coque passed on to the great beyond last Friday June 20th, 2008 after a massive coronary embolism aka heart attack.
Last year we lost our other maestro Chief Osita Osadebe and now it is Oliver de Coque; what is happening in the kingdom of happiness? Shall we all now run to the Pentecostal church for their choir? May the soul of Oliver De Coque, Osita Osadebe as well as other entertainers including Sonny Okosun who have passed, continue to provide joy and happiness in the land beyond. Icheoku believes in the after-life and that death is comparable to dreamland; but unlike the living person, the dead dreams on forever, uninterrupted. Oliver, you have moved on to glory but your musical legacy will live forever; we shall treasure your music forever! In the eyes of your innumerable fans, you are not really dead! Adios! So long Oliver, say hi to Osadebe and Sonny Okosun! Ka omesie!


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Oliver de Coque (1947-2008)

OLIVER de Coque, the handsome, bearded man of music, who died at a private hospital in Lagos on Friday, June 20, was a leading exponent of highlife music and an accomplished artist. His death follows closely in the wake of the deaths of other notable musicians like Sonny Okosun, Sammy Needle and Steve Rhodes. Oliver de Coque whose real names are Sunday Oliver Akanita, was planning to bury his mother when he too succumbed to death.

The story of the remarkable rise to stardom of the artist reads like a fairy tale. Born into humble circumstances, Oliver was largely a self-made man. He attended primary school in his hometown of Ezinifite in Anambra State. For his secondary school education, he proceeded to the Niger Institute of Commerce, Aba, Abia State where he read English, BookKeeping and Accountancy.

He was successful in the Royal Society of Arts examination. Life was not easy for him. At weekends, he and another minstrel entertained on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 4 in Aba. He called his music Ekpili. The takings were so small that he had to sell shoes on weekdays to augment his meager earnings. The year was 1965 when Oliver was only 17 years old.

Very soon, the Nigerian civil war broke out. Oliver found himself on the Biafran side. Under wartime conditions he moved from one military formation to the other entertaining Biafran soldiers. In 1970, with the civil war over, he went back to Aba in search of a job, but there were no jobs. By chance he met one Sunny Agaga and his Lucky Star Band who recruited him and took him to Lagos. He soon got tired of the band and joined another group in Oshodi called Friendly Unity Band. As the band was neither friendly nor united, he struck out again, this time with Sule Agboola and his Moonlight Star Band.

This band was to take him to London for four months during which they played only at weekends. During weekdays Oliver did odd jobs that paid handsomely at �80 a week. With this money in his pocket, he bought himself two guitars, two amplifiers, and a set of drums. Upon his return to Nigeria, he started his own band, the Ogene Sound Super of Africa.

An accomplished guitarist, Oliver learnt his art from a Congolese musician called Piccolo. In 1974 he released his first album called Messiah. It was moderately successful as it sold about 50,000 copies. In 1979, he hit gold and shot into the limelight with his release of People's Club Ka anyi bili be ndu (People's Club, let us enjoy ourselves). The album sold over two million copies at the time. Overnight, Oliver de Coque had become a household name in Nigeria and beyond. He went on to record hit after hit.

Some of the notable hits include Funny Funny Identity, Ugbana, (egret) Easter Special, Ana enwe obodo enwe, (not everybody can own the land), Biri ka mbiri (live and let live), Otimkpu (town crier), Uwa cholu obi umeani (the world wants peace), Olisa kanyi nayo (we pray to God), nnukwu mmanwu (big masquerade - a person of influence and power) and many others. At the time of his death, Oliver de Coque had recorded an astonishing 86 albums.

Many have wondered about the origin of the French-sounding name Oliver de Coque. To this the maestro had no answer. It was just a 'guy' name that stuck. He was a consummate musician, who set out with a message about the beauty of life. His music was for dancing and he was happiest when everyone was drawn to the podium in unrestrained ecstasy. Most of his lyrics were waxed in his native Igbo language and contained philosophic insights into the nature of society. He, like Osita Osadebe, another highlife maestro, engaged in praise singing, often eulogising the self-made millionaires who often promoted the Peoples Club.

He was a kind and generous person; his life was dominated by his music and he used his art to make many people happy; his luxuriant, bushy beard was his trademark.

In addition to his being crowned as the King of Highlife by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in 1994, Oliver received in the same year, an honorary doctor of letters in Music from the University of New Orleans in the United States. He was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Performing Musicians and Employers Association of Nigeria (PMEAN). He also held the chieftaincy title, Ikemba of Ezinifite.

An international artiste, the man with a unique voice and magical fingers will be sorely missed by his many fans that include the high and the lowly of Nigeria and others all over the world.

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Okosuns and Oliver: Two friends, one soul
Friday, June 27, 2008

•Oliver de coque & Okosuns
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“The dead mourns the dead, even as mourners, ironically mourn their own souls,” goes the popular Yoruba saying. That axiom best captured the condolence visit by the late highlife maestro, Oliver Sunday Akanite, a.k.a Oliver de Coque, to the family of the late Evangelist Sonny Okosuns, following the latter’s death on Saturday May 24. The late Highlife singer incidentally gave his last major interview to Daily Sun, part of which is hereby recaptured.

The Ogene sound exponent has since gone to the great beyond shortly after failing to respond to circumstances related to cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old. It was a bitter irony that Oliver, who joined the hoard of sympathisers at the Okosun’s Lagos home, Wednesday May 28, would soon join his friend and soul mate, Okosuns, in transition. Meanwhile, it has been a harvest of deaths in Nigeria’s entertainment scene. The long list include: Sammie Needle, Elder Steve Rhodes who passed on at 82 years, Chief Segun Akpata, ace broadcaster, and lately Oliver de Coque, who never showed any traits of severe ailment until Friday June 20 when he died in a Lagos hospital.

Among the departed stars, De Coque and Okosun’s deaths shared striking similarity, yet, ironic coincidences. For instance, when Daily Sun encountered the highlife maestro at Okosun’s residence, not only did he pay glowing tributes to his bossom friend, he reminisced on their days as beginners in music. Resplendent in a white Agbada (Yoruba traditional attire) the artiste relived fond memories of how Okosuns days were never complete without doses of his hit song, Funny, funny identity.

According to De Coque, “ Okosuns used to call me on phone as late as 2 a.m. he would tell me, he was playing my record which he loved best, Funny, funny identity. He (Okosun) used to remind me that he loved the lyrics and the song’s arrangement.” In his tribute to the late Oziddi king, De Coque saluted him for his golden voice, his courage and sense for humour. “ We are going to miss him (Okosun) no doubt, remarkably too, when Okosuns played there would be no dull moment. On the coincidence that characterised the musicians’ deaths, the news of Okosun’s death seeped into the country, while his peers were clinching laurels at the 2008 edition of the Nigerian Music Awards (NMA) in Owerri.

Incidentally, De Coque was honoured at the same event with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his immense contributions to the music industry. Similarly, last Friday in Lagos, while musicians converged at the premises of Nigerian Tel;evision Authority (NTA) Victoria Island, for this year’s World Music Day, De Coque’s death was announced. The fact that the two music veterans passed on while music was being celebrated, lent credence to the fact that they both chose right times to depart.

In a swift reaction on the night, the incumbent helmsman of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Tee Mac Omatsola dedicated his performance at the WMD to De Coque. With Okosuns’ burial plans still on-going and his interment fixed for July 18, PMAN is ostensibly saddled with the burial rites for the two friends, following recent announcement that the apex musicians’ body will raise another burial committee to plan a befitting burial for the two icons.
Apparently oblivious of the fact that death was imminent, De Coque’s demise again raises questions on musicians’ apathy to their state of health.

Like one with a gift of clairvoyant, Daily Sun, had drawn the late De Coque’s attention to the need for musicians to devote adequate time to rest in the course of their career pursuits. The issue became pertinent following possible threats posed by hip-hop artistes to practitioners of existing genres. This was De Coque’s response: “Let me remind you that my son, Darlinton, also plays hip-hop. When they are doing their thing, I’ll be playing my highlife. I hardly have time to rest. Seven days of the week, I am engaged. So, why should I worry myself about hip-hop.” He spoke further: “It is when a musician is not doing well that he or she’ll feel threatened by younger artistes.”

Oliver’s unfulfilled dreams
Although he was an accomplished musician having churned out more than 70 albums in his music career, his death was pathetic because he did not wait to bury his mother. Daily Sun gathered that De Coque had delayed the burial because he wanted to complete the mansion he was building in his village. Aside that, the musician also told Daily Sun that he was putting finishing touches to an album which he slated for release next month. According to him, the C.D which would have been a compilation of some of his great compositions, would have been his way of defending the award he won recently and consolidate his feat in the highlife genre. “ You don’t win awards and thereafter go to sleep,” the musician told Daily Sun.

Born Oliver Sunday Akanite in Ezenifete, Anambra State, the Ogene sound exponent, started his muisc career in 1965, at the age of 17. He played Ekpilo, a form of Ogbo traditional music. Before then, the musician admitted, he had a rough start as he did not win his mother’s support to play music. Focused and determined, the young De Coque learnt guitar for four years under one of the best guitarists at that time, named Picolo, from Congo Democratic Republic. After the civil war, the guitarist joined the Lagos-based band, Sunny Agaga and his Lucky Star Band in 1973. He had a stint with Jacob Oluwole’s Band, after which he joined Sule Agboola and his Moonlight Star Band. His debut album was Messiah, Messiah (1976) which he released with his Expo 76 Band.

Reputably one of Africa’s great music ambassadors, Oliver De Coque shot into limelight when he released People’s Club in 1979. The album sold 2million copies. Shortly afterwards, he came up with Funny Identity all on Olumo Records. Since then, there was no looking back for the singer, as he kept on churning out albums a much later hit, Mbiri, Kam Mbiri.

Before his death, he had more than 70 albums to his credit. With his sonorous voice and exceptional guitar skills, he thrilled generations of Nigerians. Meanwhile, the turning point of his music career came when he substituted the Igbo proverbs and wise-saying which were hallmark of his music with praise-singing.