By Ola Ajayi & Monsuru Olowoopejo
SCORES of sympathisers, yesterday, thronged the home of the late renowned author, poet, broadcaster and actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti, who died on Sunday.
Women, who besieged Faleti’s premises located at Olororo area of Ojoo, Ibadan, Oyo State, wept uncontrollably, while men were seen in groups discussing his sudden demise.
Meanwhile, a family source disclosed that a meeting will soon hold to plan a befitting burial for the late actor.
This came as notable Nigerians, especially from the South-West paid tributes to the late veteran broadcaster and actor, saying his death was as a huge loss to the country’s creative sector.
The veteran poet, who translated the National Anthem into Yoruba, died in his residence on Sunday.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Afenifere Renewal Group and the National President, Theatre and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria, TAMPAN, Dele Odule, all eulogised him.
Lamenting the loss of Faleti, Lai Mohammed said Faleti’s death was a huge loss to the country’s creative sector in particular and to the entire nation in general.
In a statement, the Information Minister said Pa Faleti was a trailblazer and a colossus across many genres, who left an indelible footprint in the Nigerian landscape.
He said generations of authors, poets, broadcasters and actors owe Pa Faleti a debt of gratitude for his dedication, hard work and love of country.
Uncommon individual —Daniel
Expressing shock over the death of the late veteran actor, Otunba Daniel described Faleti as a rare gem; an uncommon individual.
Daniel, in a condolence message, signed his Media Officer, Ayo Giwa, said the elder statesman was a man of many parts, who equally excelled in his career as a poet, journalists, writer, translator, broadcaster and television exponent.
We should celebrate, not mourn Faleti— ARG
Also lamenting Faleti’s death, Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, said the life of dedication and commitment that Adebayo Faleti lived should be celebrated and raised as compass for the youths to follow.
In a statement by ARG’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo, the group said while the renowned actor and broadcast manager will be missed as an unparalleled repository of Yoruba culture, his footprints in the annals of Yoruba culture should be celebrated and preserved.
Custodian of Yoruba culture— Dele Odule
In his remarks, National President of TAMPAN, Mr. Odule described the late veteran actor as a custodian of Yoruba culture every Yoruba son and daughter should emulate.