Veteran Yoruba actor, poet, and writer, Adebayo Faleti, noted for his roles in Tunde Kelani’s Thunderbolt and ‘Saworoide’ has died at the age of 86.
Mr. Faleti reportedly died in the early hours of Sunday morning, at the University College Hospital Ibadan (UCH).
Faleti, a graduate of Ibadan Boys High School and the first person to translate the National Anthem to Yoruba, starred in popular yourba movies.
He was 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 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.
Faleti published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names.
He 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 (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts (2002).
SOURCE :African Spotlight