Nigerian Guitarist Oliver De Coque was honored with a Google Doodle on what would’ve been his 74th birthday on Wednesday.
The Google landing page commemorated Oliver with a doodle in likeness of the literary icon, alongside some musical instruments.
Oliver De Coque whose real name is Oliver Sunday Akanite was a Nigerian guitarist and one of Africa’s most prolific recording artists.
He was born on 14th April, 1947 and died June 20, 2008.
“De Coque famously infused the modern West African highlife genre with a Congolese-influenced guitar style and the energetic dance elements of Igbo music he grew up with, crafting a unique musical style, which he called Ogene. Beginning with his first solo release in 1976, de Coque’s music only grew in popularity at home and abroad, as he put out album after album featuring his masterful guitar work and fresh take on African pop–over 70 throughout his lifetime,”Google said.
“In 1994, in recognition of his prodigious music achievement, de Coque was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by the University of New Orleans,” the Google doodle team noted.
“Thank you, Oliver de Coque, for strumming your way into the hearts of listeners around the world!.”