Minister Mourns Oloyede, Calls Him Creative Genius

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

described the death of former Village Headmaster Producer, Chief Tunde

Oloyede, as a big blow to the Creative Industry in particular and the

nation in general.


In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, the Minister said Chief

Oloyede’s demise has robbed the nation’s Creative Industry of a great

icon, a creative genius and a passionate advocate of the industry.


He said while Chief Oloyede was a man of many parts, he stood out for

his legendary role in the production of the TV drama series, Village

Headmaster, which for a long time enraptured Nigerians.


”Chief Oloyede was a key player in the timeless and evergreen Village

Headmaster. The industry and the nation remain grateful to him and the

other greats who made the TV series a household name in its time, and

even now.


”As a notable producer and a former President of the Independent

Television Producers Association of Nigeria, Chief Oloyede helped to

pave the way for the emergence and success of today’s Nollywood, for

which the industry remains eternally grateful,” Alhaji Mohammed said.


The Minister said the best tribute that can be paid to the late Chief

Oloyede is for the industry practitioners to dedicate themselves to a

life of excellence, creativity and hard work, qualities that made him

to excel in his chosen career and brought him accolades in his

lifetime and after his demise.


He prayed that God will give strength and succour to the family of the

deceased, and also grant them the fortitude to bear their irreparable



The Minister also prayed that God will grant eternal rest to the soul

of the departed.