The entire Yoruba race just lost a legend, a gem, an icon, a rare custodian of culture and tradition; as Pa Adebayo Faleyi dies.
A renowned actor, ace broadcaster, seasoned writer and journalist, Pa Adebayo Faleti died on Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. He was 86.
A family source revealed that his body has been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
Details of his death are still unknown as at the time of filing this report but a family source said he died around 6am today.
The deceased is survived by three wives including Mrs. Moteniola and Olubunmi, his current wife and has about 15 children.
His recent work shortly before his death includes a documentary on Facial Marks.
Pa Faleti was a Yoruba translator, TV exponent and a pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television, WNTV.
He was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National anthem from English to Yoruba. He also translated speeches made by the 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 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 with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts.
Faleti, the first son of his father, late Joseph Faleti and the only child of his mother, Ayinke, was born in Agbo-Oye. He was from a humble background who had to put on hold his primary education because his father was so poor to send him to school.
In 1949, he founded a theatre group called Oyo Youth Operatic Society. After working for some time, he went back to school and completed his primary school education and in 1966, he gained admission to the University of Dakar in Senegal where he later obtained a Certificate of proficiency in French Language and Civilization.
Two years later, he graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with an honours degree in English. In 1971, he attended the Radio Netherlands Training Centre in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and received a certificate in Television Production.
He was born on the 26th of December, 1930.
Rest in peace Baba.