By Benjamin Njoku & Anozie Egole
ELdest son of veteran actor Femi Robinson who passed on, Wednesday, at the age of 75, Wole Robinson has described his late father as “a great man” who tried as much as possible to change his environment, while he lived.
The legendary actor died, on Wednesday, at Ayodele Hospital, Fagba, in Ifako Ijaiye area of Lagos.
In a career that spanned decades, late Femi Robinson shot to lime light with his most popular role as second ‘Headmaster’ in the nationwide series ‘Village Headmaster’ which aired on the Nigerian Television Authority,NTA in the 70s.
Confirming his father’s demise , Wole said the deceased tried as much as he could to change the world around him.
“ He tried as much as he could to change the world. He had his personal views about life. He was committed to truth and he put his mind and character to pursue his vision and passion. He tried as much as possible to change his environment, the entertainment industry, aviation industry, and arts and culture industry. But as God would have it, his death was not good enough.
He has been credited with several deeds in broadcasting, arts and aviation. He was an embodiment of ideas. He was a man that never gave up, but he could not beat this one,” the son said in a statement.
Femi’s demise came few weeks after the entertainment industry also lost another veteran actor, Peter Bruno
Meanwhile, paying tribute to the deceased, President of the Association of Movie Producers, Mr. Zik Zulu Okafor, said Femi Robinson was part of the generation that brought TV series to the limelight in Nigeria. “Femi was one of the veteran actors that inspired what we have today. Those were part of the generation that brought TV series to the limelight. I think, he will be greatly missed. He was a great actor.”
In his own tribute, veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, said: “Femi Robinson was a true professional. “ He has contributed immensely to the growth of the entertainment industry in Nigeria. I pray for his soul to rest in peace,” he said.
Describing the deceased as “an icon”, actress Benita Nzeribe said, “Femi Robinson was one of the people who started acting ever before the birth of what we now know today as Nollywood.”
A graduate of University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Femi Robinson first feature in a production after playing the role of Odewale in Ola Rotimi’s ‘The Gods are not to Blame.’
He trained as a Public Relations expert, Business and Theatre Administrator, and was the pioneer Director of Programs of the Ogun State Television (OGTV).
Other cast and crew of the Village Headmaster who have died include Justus Esiri, Oba Funsho Adeolu, Chief Segun Olusola, among others.