By Damilola Faustino
Legendary comedian, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead. He was 81.
Baba Sala died in Ilesa, Osun State on Sunday evening and his body has been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa.
His media assistant, Mr Isaac Hastrup, confirmed the death. Hastrup 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.
“He came to church 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.”
One of his sons, Emmanuel Adejumo also shared the news of his death on Facebook saying: “My Daddy is gone. Finally gone home to glory. King of Comedy finally says bye-bye to this world. I will miss you so much, Daddy. I love you so much but God loves you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone.”
Regarded as the father of modern Yoruba comedy, Baba Sala, alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo, popularised theatre and television acting in Nigeria. He is credited with tutoring and guiding the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time.
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