More details have emerged about how a veteran Nigerian actor and South-west icon passed away in his Ibadan, Oyo State home.
on Sunday in his home in Ibadan at the age of 86 due to old age.
with his family members and soon after told them that he had prayed to
God to send someone else to continue his mission as he was tired and
longing for home.
bathroom as I normally did. He said he wanted God to send someone else
to come and complete his work because he had done all he could do. He
also said that he wanted to go home. Suddenly, I noticed that he was not
breathing again. We took him to the University College Hospital, Ibadan
where he was confirmed dead. We shall miss him greatly.”
Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, Ayoola, said he spoke with his
father three days ago and that he was on his way home when he was told
that his father had passed on.
discussed like father and son. After I received a call this morning from
my brother concerning the state of his health, I hit the road to come
home and see him but I did not meet him alive. He died before I could
reach home. He took care of all his children and gave us good education.
We shall all miss him,” said Ayoola.
50s, adding that he was a loving husband who was always concerned about
the welfare of his family.
well he catered for the family. He prepared the children for a good
future by ensuring that they had good education,” Moteniola said.
as she was sobbing uncontrollably. But another son of the late actor,
Gbemi, said that the family would remain grateful to God for granting
their father a good life.
a celebrated artiste, as an administrator, he headed the Broadcasting
Corporation of Oyo State and the Oyo State office of the defunct Mass
Mobilisation for Self Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery.
could play. He was caring and loved by all. We are sad about his demise
but we are grateful for a fulfilled life he lived. He is survived by
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that is a grace anyone
should be thankful for,” Gbemi said.
University, Ile-Ife, wrote that he was in tears while typing the
message. He described his late father as his most loved human being.
regretted that he had earlier commented about the inevitability of death
not knowing that his father would die soon.
transient. I never knew death was at my own backyard already. You took
my father away from me – Iku (death). I never knew this would be my last
picture with you – Adebayo Faleti. #Tears. RIP to the man I love more
than anything in the world. A giant has fallen,” he posted.
actresses, exalted the virtues of the deceased. One of them, Aminat
Afolabi, said, “A legend is gone to the great world. In all situations in life, we got to give glory to God.”
put in the land of humanity is sufficient for his descendants to walk
in glory. May you journey toward a light.”
Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, on Sunday, stated that the
deceased was “a zealous promoter of culture,” noting that his works
would always be cherished.
Nigeria Television (WNTV), the first television station in Africa and a
consistent television personality, made him a pride to the broadcast
energy at the promotion of culture and his death at this time is
regrettable. His sound wisdom would have been valuable now that we are
all battling to restore our fading traditional values.
his creative soul rest in peace. Meanwhile, the Yoruba Youth
Socio-cultural Association has expressed shock at Faleti’s death.
Olalekan Ahmed, described the deceased as an accomplished cultural
ambassador who lived a life of purpose and achieved a lot for himself
Yoruba son, a cultural icon and linguistic colossus, who studied English
Language but later became a custodian of Yoruba culture with his unique
broadcasting and socio-cultural professions. The legacies he left
behind cannot be forgotten.
Coordinator, Ibadan PlayHouse, Ropo Ewenla; veteran actor, Tunbosun
Odunsi; and Prof. Duro Adeleke of the Department of Linguistics,
University of Ibadan.