…….Minister Calls Him Incomparable Thespian
Nigeria’s king of comedy, Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly called Baba Sala has died at age 84. The veteran musician, theatre artiste and filmmaker who had suffered old age ailments for a long while had been rumoured to have passed on, several times.
Baba Sala died in Ilesa on Sunday evening and his body has been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa
Meanwhile condolence messages have been pouring in honour of the comedian who made the difference in people lives with his style of comedy particularly on national television.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
expressed profound sadness over the death of Mr. Moses Olaiya,
popularly known as ‘Baba Sala’, saying the death has robbed the nation
of an incomparable Thespian and a colossus of his time.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister described Baba
Sala as a trail blazer, as he – along with his contemporaries – laid
the foundation for the theatre and comedy that have now taken
Nigeria’s creative industry by storm.
”Baba Sala’s sacrifices, contribution and commitment played a great
role in launching an industry that is now a huge employer of labour
and a significant contributor to the nation’s economy. Through it all,
he lived a life of honesty and service that qualified him as a great
role model,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed condoled with the family of the late foremost
comedian, and prayed that God will grant repose to his soul and also
grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.