The Nigerian entertainment scene was thrown into mourning on Monday had news broke that Ace comedian and popular dramatist, Moses Olaiya Adejumo, who is also known as Baba Sala is dead. He died on Sunday 8th of October 2018 at his residence in Ilesa Osun state at the age of 82.
Baba Sala was said to have died in his sleep after taking his dinner on Sunday, according to his young wife. The development has thrown Nigerians into mourning who recount with nostalgia the creative comedies that Baba Sala brought into the Nigerian entertainment scene.
The comedian who hails from Ilesha in Osun state is regarded as the father of modern Nigerian comedy accorded acclaim with the likes of veteran artistes such as Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo.
Significantly, Baba Sala started his career in show business as a Highlife musician, fronting in 1964 a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies where he tutored and guided the jùjú music maestro King Sunny Adé who was his lead guitar player
Already reactions have begun to pour in from all Nigerians who have describes the ace comedian as not just a veteran but a legend.
Posting on his Facebook account the son, Adejumo Emmanuel ‘Biosala’ to the late comedian wrote:
“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 love you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone”
The Federal Government in its response also called the veteran actor a incomparable thespian. Speaking through the minister for information and culture, Lai Muhammed, the federal Government described him as a trail blazer, as he along with his contemporaries laid the foundation for the theatre and comedy that have now taken Nigeria’s creative industry by storm.
Olufemi Awoyemi also wrote “The legendary Nigerian comedian dramatist and actor passed away I his sleep yesterday aged 82. His larger than life Baba Sala character filled our TV screens in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and gladdened the lives of millions of Nigerians with his homemade humour and comedy sketches.
Popular actor Jide Kosoko in his reaction said “Baba Sala’’ accommodated both the young and the old, males and female like the late Hubert Ogunde, and a host of his contemporaries during his life. He successfully groomed many artists in the entertainment industry which he would be remembered for and such efforts will not be forgotten in a hurry.
It would be recalled that rumours about his death emerged last year after he was diagnosed with stroke and recuperating at the university teaching hospital UCH in Ibadan.
Some films generally credited to him include Orun Mooru 1982, Aare Agbaye in 1983, Mosebolatan in 1985, Obee Gbona in 1989, Diamond in 1990, Agba Man in 1992.