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Ikoli Harcourt Whyte : The Nigerian Leper Who Composed Over 200 Songs by 9jacoolmusic(f): 6:26pm On Nov 27, 2017
He wrote with the stubs of his thumb and index finger," said 77-year-old Achinivu Kanu Achinivu, a professor of music who was a friend and protégé of Whyte.

"He wrote very slowly. It took him a whole day or more to write one page of music."

Who was Ikoli Harcourt Whyte?

Born in Abonnema, Rivers State of Nigeria in 1905
Diagnosed with leprosy in 1919
Inmate at the Uzuakoli Leprosy Colony in south-eastern Nigeria from 1932, despite being cured in 1945
Composed over 200 hymns, mostly in the Igbo language
Set up a choir made up of people living with leprosy, who toured Nigeria
His choir sang for British dignitaries who visited colonial Nigeria
Included Ikoli (a traditional name) in his birth name, so as to not be mistaken for a foreigner
Died in a motor accident in 1977 (N.B One of Ikoli Harcourt's song "Nwa oge nta" was sampled on Phyno's Playmaker Album - Track 1 (Yes I Pray)
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Re: Ikoli Harcourt Whyte : The Nigerian Leper Who Composed Over 200 Songs by hisgrace090: 6:52pm On Nov 27, 2017
Harcourt white is an old time music lagends.
Re: Ikoli Harcourt Whyte : The Nigerian Leper Who Composed Over 200 Songs by hisgrace090: 6:54pm On Nov 27, 2017
Harcourt white is an old time musical lagend, who specialises in composition of gospel hymns.

Even up till date I still play and enjoy his music.

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