Stephen Oladipupo Olaore Owomoyela (𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗢𝗿𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼 𝗢𝘄𝗼𝗵) was born in Osogbo, Nigeria on 14 February 1932 to Owomoyela and Mrs. Christiana Morenike Owomoyela. His father hailed from Ifon, Ondo State, while his mother was from Owo.
He later became known to his fans as Chief Dr. Orlando Owoh. As a young man, Owoh initially entered into the carpentry trade in 1958, when he was hired by Nigeria’s Kola Ogunmola Theatre Group to play drums and sing.
Owoh went on to form Dr. Orlando Owoh and his Omimah Band in 1960, and over a musical career of forty years became one of the leading proponents of highlife music. With bands such as the Omimah Band and later the Young Kenneries and the African Kenneries International, Owoh remained popular in Nigeria, even as tastes moved to the newer jùjú and fuji styles.
Chief Orlando Owoh mentored King Sunny Ade the King of JuJu music he along with Fatai Rolling Dollar trained Sunny Ade to play guitar. He was the best highlife hitmaker from South West Nigeria.
He had over 45 albums to his credit. Orlando Owoh died on 4 November 2008 and was laid to rest at his Agege residence in Lagos, Nigeria.