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Actor, ace broadcaster Faleti is dead

Actor, author and broadcaster, Adebayo Faleti is dead.

Born on December 26, 1930, he died on Sunday morning. He was aged 86.
His death was confirmed to The Nation newspaper by Mr. Niji Akanni, convener of Ibadan Film Circle.
Faleti, a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), Ibadan wrote and acted in any films such as Thunderbolt: Magun (2001), Afonja (1 & 2) (2002), Basorun Gaa (2004), and Sawo-Segeri (2005).
He was also poet and Yoruba translator.

He translated Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba and also translated speeches being made by military president of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.
Faleti, a recipient of many awards, including the Order of the Niger (OON), the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts, has published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names.

In his condolence message, Ogun State Governor,  Ibikunle Amosun  said Faleti’s death was sad .


The governor described the deceased as a zealous  promoter of culture, noting that his works will always be cherished.


Amosun also stated that the poet and writer will be remembered for his contributions to the birth and growth of the Broadcast Industry, particularly the Television.


“His role as one of the pioneers of the Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), the first television station in Africa and a consistent television personality, made him a pride to Broadcast Industry.


“Baba Faleti, as a broadcaster, poet and writer targeted his 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.


“He will be missed by all Nigerians, especially broadcast and theatre practitioners, who regard him as a role model”, the governor added.

He prayed God to grant his family to the fortitude to bear the loss as his creative soul rest in peace.


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Posted on July 23, 2017

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