Chief Dr. Oliver Sunday Akanite, popularly referred to as Oliver De Coque was born in April 14, 1947 and hailed from Ezinifite, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria. Dr. Coque was taught how to play the guitar by Piccolo, a Zairean living in Nigeria at the age of 11 years.
While growing up, he was popularly called the Game Master. This is because he was good at the game of draft. Draft in Igbo language is ‘Okwe.’ People began to call him Oliver di ka okwe. He then changed the name to sound more like a French name that was how he came up with Oliver De Coque.
He started playing music at the age of 17 with Ekpili. At his young age, he attracted international attention with his performance in London in 1973, four years later, he played on Prince Nico Mbarga's album, Sweet Mother.
King Dr. Oliver has 7 boys and 5 girls.
Born: April 14, 1947 in Ezinifite, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria
He fell ill at the end of year 2007. He was diabetic and hypertensive. He didn’t disclose hishealth challenge. He was ill for three months. He then recovered in February 2008 and began to go for shows. He died on June 20 but he had planned to travel to the US on July 2 for checkup. It was as if he knew he was going to die because on the day he died, he decided not to go out and he wanted his family to stay by his side. That morning, after he had his breakfast, he began to feel ill. He said he was going to cancel his appointment for that day. Nobody knew it was a serious matter; Later on, he began to tell the story of how he started his career. While talking, he complained of not breathing well. He then decided to go to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, he called the driver to increase the temperature of the air conditioner; he said he was feeling hot. He began to shout to his son ‘wheelbarrow! wheelbarrow! ‘Darlington, please bring a wheelbarrow.’ It was after he died the son realised he was referring to a wheelchair.
Dr Oliver spent NGN 30,000 weekly to keeps his moustache