Nollywood has again lost a great icon and versatile actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti who died in Ibadan at the ripe age of 83.
Adebayo Faleti, poet, journalist, writer and actor. He is also known as a Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and one of the pioneers at the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV).
He was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba. He also translated speeches being made by military president of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.
Pa Faleti is renowned for publishing a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names. He has received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts.