Renowned broadcaster and culture advocate, Alagba Adebayo Faleti is dead. He passed on at the age of 95. He died on Sunday morning at his private residence in Orogun area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
One of his children, Gbemisola Faleti, who spoke with E247mag.com few hours after the acclaimed author and poet breathed his last said he is survived by 15 children and two wives.
Gbemisola in his tribute to his dad wrote on his Facebook wall:
“Erin WO! I can confirm to you now that my father of inestimable value, mentor and friend has passed on. He died in his house around 8.30am this morning at the age of 95. He will have been 86 on Dec 26, 2017. May he find peace with his creator.”
Faleti, an old student of Ibadan Boys High School, was a renowned poet, journalist, writer and actor. He was also known as a Yoruba language translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, the Western Nigeria Television (WNTV).
He was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba. He 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 published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names. He has won and received many
awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Festival of Arts Award and the London-based Afro-Hollywood Awards for his Outstanding Performance in Arts.
The remains of Faleti born in Oyo, Oyo State has since been deposited at the mortuary of the Department of Anatomy, University of Ibadan.
Burial details will be announced by the family later.