Talented actor, Journalist playwright, Adebayo Faleti, died on Sunday in his home in Ibadan at the age of 86 due to old age.
One of Faleti’s son, Adeniyi, revealed that he was helping his father with his bath when he died.
According to him, his father observed the early morning devotion with his family members and soon after told them that he had prayed to God to send someone else to continue his mission as he was tired and longing for home.
He also said that he asked for hot pap, which he took before his death.
Adeniyi said, “After the morning devotion, I helped him to the bathroom as I normally did. He said he wanted God to send someone else to come and complete his work because he had done all he could do. He also said that he wanted to go home. Suddenly, I noticed that he was not breathing again. We took him to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he was confirmed dead. We shall miss him greatly.”
But another son of the late actor, Gbemi, said that the family would remain grateful to God for granting their father a good life.
“He reached the peak of his career in life. As an actor, he was a celebrated artiste, as an administrator, he headed the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State and the Oyo State office of the defunct Mass Mobilization for Self Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery.
“He fitted into every good role that a father and a friend could play. He was caring and loved by all. We are sad about his demise but we are grateful for a fulfilled life he lived. He is survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that is a grace anyone should be thankful for,” Gbemi said.
Also, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has described Faleti’s death as sad.
The governor in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, on Sunday, stated that the deceased was “a zealous promoter of culture,” noting that his works would always be cherished.
Amosun said, “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 the 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.”
He prayed God to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss as his creative soul rest in peace.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has expressed shock at Faleti’s death.
The group, in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by its President, Mr. Olalekan Ahmed, described the deceased as an accomplished cultural icon.
Ahmed said Faleti was an accomplished writer and a cultural ambassador who lived a life of purpose and achieved a lot for himself and humanity.
The statement partly read, “Chief Faleti was an illustrious Yoruba son, a cultural icon and linguistic colossus, who studied English Language but later became a custodian of Yoruba culture with his unique idiosyncrasies.
“Chief Adebayo Faleti became a role model to many people in the broadcasting and socio-cultural professions. The legacies he left behind cannot be forgotten.
“We enjoin the entire Yoruba youths to follow in his footsteps to ensure preservation of our rich culture and values.”
Among the early callers at the deceased home were actor Dele Odule; Coordinator, Ibadan PlayHouse, Ropo Ewenla; veteran actor, Tunbosun Odunsi; and Prof. Duro Adeleke of the Department of Linguistics, University of Ibadan.