Pa Adebayo Faleti, the renowned Nigerian broadcaster has been confirmed died today at the UCH, Ibadan. Aged 86.
According to his son, Adeniyi said that his father stopped breathing right in his arm while he was helping him to have his bath, after which he was rushed all the way down to UCH where he was confirmed dead.
Mr. Faleti was a renowned journalist, poet, writer and actor. He was also pioneer of the very first TV station in Nigeria, Western Nigeria television (WNTV), and famously translated Nigeria’s anthem from English to Yoruba.
He also translated speeches by former military ruler of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba and many a lot of.
Mr. Faleti produced, wrote, and acted in many common Yoruba movies, some of them include Afonja (1 & 2) (2002) Thunderbolt: Magun (2001),
Sawo-Segeri (2005), Basorun Gaa (2004).
He worked as a teacher at Ife Odan, situated close to Ejibo city and was the overall manager of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS).
The late Adebayo Faleti also published a dictionary of formal Yoruba names.
He received several awards, both regionally and internationally, as well as the national honor 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.