Baba Sala, Incomparable Thespian of his time: Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The news of the death of one of Nigeria’s foremost comedians, Baba Sala was one that rocked Nigerians when they heard it. So many people had taken to social media to write their condolences and joining the list of people around the world to pen a condolence message is Nigeria’s minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture has commiserated with the family of the late comedian, saying the death of Moses Olaiya, popularly known as ‘Baba Sala’, has robbed the nation of  “an incomparable thespian and a colossus of his time”.  The Minister had expressed his deepest sadness over the death of the thespian in a statement which he penned down in Abuja on Monday.

He had gone on to write that Baba Sala was a trailblazer as “he, along with his contemporaries, laid the foundation for the theatre and comedy that have now taken Nigeria’s creative industry by storm. Baba Sala’s sacrifices, contributions and commitment played a great role in launching an industry that is now a huge employer of labour and a significant contributor to the nation’s economy. Through it all, he lived a life of honesty and service that qualified him as a great role model.”

 

Mohammed sent his sympathy to the group of the late premier comic and asked that God would allow the rest to his spirit. He likewise implored God to concede his family the guts to hold up under the misfortune.

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Earlier this morning, the ace comedian, Baba Sala was pronounced dead by his son, on Monday, October 8, 2018. Baba Sala was confirmed dead at the age of 83 years old. The veteran on-screen character, vocalist and humorist was conceived Moses Adejumo however generally alluded to as Baba Sala – a character he once played in one of his numerous creations. Baba Sala passed on in his Ilesa main residence in Osun State on Sunday evening, October 7, 2018.

 

In 2015, Baba Sala turned 80 and after his birthday festivity, he was conceded into the University College Hospital in Ibadan as his wellbeing disintegrated. The news started off rumours that he had passed on however couple of months after, he was released with the hospital bills paid by UCH. In 2017, there were gossipy tidbits about his death but this was debunked by one of his children, who tended to newsmen over the soundness of his father.

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One of Baba Sala’s sons, Emmanuel Adejumo was the one who confirmed his death. Emmanuel confirmed the death of his dad in a Facebook post in the early hours of Monday, October 8, 2018. The younger man said, “My Daddy is gone. Finally gone home to glory. King of Comedy finally say bye-bye to this world. I will miss you so much Daddy. I love you so much but God love you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone.”

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His media collaborator, Mr Isaac Hastrup, also confirmed the passing of the pro entertainer on the phone on Monday morning. Hastrup stated Isaac Hastrup, confirmed his death in the early hours of Monday.He had stated, “Baba has died. He died some minutes to 10pm 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.”

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The remains of the late comedian has been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa. This move, it was gathered, is to prepare the family and friends of the entertainer ahead of his burial.

Late Baba Sala was an excellent actor, musician, dramatist and comedian. He could be portrayed as one of the fathers if not in any case, the grandfather of the advanced Nigerian comedy. He generally sings stupendously in the entirety of his films because of his enthusiasm for music. Baba Sala began his vocation as a performer of ‘High life’ in  1964 under a brand name of a band known as ‘Federal Rhythm Dandies’. The band mentored and guided King of Juju music, Prince Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, famously known as King Sunny Ade (KSA) where he used to play the ‘Lead Guitar’ job.