Celebrated Yoruba actor, Adebayo Faleti, dies at 86

Adebayo Faleti
Adebayo Faleti
Popular Yoruba  actor and playwright, Adebayo Faleti,  died on Sunday  in his  Ibadan home, aged 86.One of  his sons, Adeniyi, who confirmed the death  on Sunday in Ibadan, said that he was helping his father with his bath when he died.

He said that late Faleti  observed the early morning devotion with the family members when he woke up and soon after told them that he prayed to God to send someone else to continue his mission as he was tired and longing for home.

“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,’’  he said.

One of the wives of the deceased, Moteniola, described him as  a loving husband who was always concerned about the welfare of the family.

“I knew him as a loving husband and I will always remember how well he catered for the family.

“He prepared the children for a good future by ensuring that they got good education,”  Moteniola said.

Also speaking, Gbemi, another son of the actor, 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 (BCOS) and Oyo State office of Mass Mobilisation for Self Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery.

“ He fitted into every good role that a father and a friend could play.

“We are sad about his demise but we are grateful for the  fulfilled life he lived.

“ He is survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that is the  grace anyone should be thankful for,” Gbemi said.