The doyen of Nigerian comedy, Elder Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, has died at the age of 82.
Baba Sala reportedly died in Ilesa on Sunday evening and his body has been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa
Baba Sala was born in 1936 in Ilesha. His media assistant, Mr Isaac Hastrup, confirmed the death of the ace comedian. He said Baba Sala died of old age related ailment.
Baba Sala, regarded as the father of modern Nigerian comedy, alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo popularized theater and television acting in Nigeria.
He is a prolific filmmaker. Significantly, Baba Sala started his career in show business as a Highlifemusician, 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.
Some of his notable works include Orun Mooru (1982), Aare Agbaye (1983), Mosebolatan (1985), Obee Gbona (1989) and Diamond (1990 Home video).
Others are Agba Man (1992, Home Video), Return Match (1993, Home Video), Ana Gomina (1996, home video, ) and Tokunbo (1985, TV).
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