The death of the veteran entertainment icon, Moses Olaiya Adejumo aka Babasala has thrown the entertainment industry into mourning. The thespian died on Sunday evening at his home in Adasa, Ilesha in Osun State at the age of 82 years has inspired a generation of filmmakers and entertainers.
His media assistant, Mr Isaac Hastrup confirmed the death of the all-rounder entertainer and comedian early Monday morning. He said, ” Baba has died. He died some minutes to 10 pm on Sunday night. His remains had been taken to the morgue. He died of old-age related sickness.
Baba came to church, C&S Church Adasa, two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction. Baba has gone to be with the Lord and he will be missed by many people including his fans.” The pacesetter died at 82 years old after enduring stroke he had two years ago. Corroborating the story, Babasala’s daughter, Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu in a phone chat stated that her father died yesterday night after taking his bath and eating his meal.
The singer who recently bagged a Ph.D at University of Pretoria, South Africa, added that her father spoke to her four days ago and prayed for her as he normally does. The lady who wasn’t happy with the media for their previous false news of his death last year and in 2016 noted that it was a celebration of life as her father lived a good life which all his children are still enjoying his goodwill and integrity.
“It’s true my father is dead. At least you people (media) will allow us rest now and break the news. He lived a good life and died in his sleep after bathing and eating,” says Oyindamola. Adding his voice, 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 yesterday, the Minister described Baba Sala as a trailblazer, 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. The Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos State chapter, Don Pedro Aganbi said, “His death is another big loss to the industry because he was one of the pioneers of comedy in Nigeria and he was consistent and had a lot of belief in the industry and the nation. He’s somebody who has also grown a lot of comedians in the industry, a lot of comedians look up to him.
He would be missed a great deal.” Film director of repute, Abay Esho says : “So sad I must say. Moses Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala wasn’t just the pioneer comedian in Nigeria,he was an astute entrepreneur and an unbelievable risk taker.This multi talented genius wasn’t just an actor,he wrote songs and played music (King Sunny Ade apprenticed under him). He took comedy to the cinemas, he shot on celluloid ! What a feat !I must add that he laid the foundation for the success the industry is enjoying today . He will be greatly missed.He came , he saw , he conquered.
Restin heaven Moses Olaiya”. Nollywood veteran actor, Segun Arinze said “It is really a big blow, we lost a giant. He was the Don of comedy, one of those even till date you go back to look at some of the films he has done and you will still be glued to the screen. The good thing is that he has left a great legacy, he has come, he has worked his part, done his bit and we would forever remember him.
He would forever go down in the history of the industry as one of the greatest comedians that ever walked in the face of earth particularly on this side of the divide. His children should be extremely proud of him and everybody in the industry should be extremely proud of what he has done and the legacy he has left behind. I condole with the family and want to tell them, “your father lived well, he came, he saw, he conquered. And we would continue to pray that he finds peace with God.”
King Sunny Ade took to his Instagram page on Monday, October 8, 2018, where he posted a photo of the late comedy icon and had some really emotional words to say about him. “RIP Baba Sala you are truly a Legend & Thespian we are all going to miss.
I felt so sad when I heard about the demise of the great comedian,” he wrote. For Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st, who also posted a photo of the late comedian on his Instagram page on Monday, October 8, 2018, he revealed that Baba Sala was his mentor. “The news of Baba Sala’s death came as a surprise to many.
The veteran comedian and actor passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018.”