Nigerian Poet, Journalist, Actor and Yoruba Translator, Alàgbà Adebayo Faleti is dead. The accomplished thespian was 87 years old. May his gentle soul Rest in Perfect Peace.
Ace broadcaster and Veteran actor, Adebayo Faleti, aged 87 is dead. According to reports, the alumnus of Ibadan Boys High School, Faleti passed on this morning at the University College Hospital, Ibadan at about 6a.m.
Adebayo Faleti, blessed with the passion to right societal wrongs was a poet, journalist, writer and actor. He is also known as a Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV).
He translated Nigeria's National Anthem from English to Yoruba as well as the 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.
To his credit, Faleti published 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