Oliver De Coque is a well known name in Nigeria as well as the Nigerian music circle. Though some[who?] believe he was not a Nigerian, owing to his popular name which has a French meaning, he had started music with Ekpili at the age of 17. Oliver DeCoque is from Ezinifite, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Oliver's real and full name is Oliver Sunday Akanite.
Oliver de Coque was a prolific guitarist who popularised the "Ogene" dance style of Nigerian highlife, and recorded no fewer than 73 albums in his lifetime. Some of his major hits include "Biri Ka Mbiri", and "Identity" remixed in a hiphop style by his son Safin DeCoque.
Oliver played on the Prince Nico Mbarga's evergreen album "Sweet Mother".