Prof. Adebayo Faleti
One of the nollywood most respected icon, fore-father, custodian of culture prof Adebayo Faleti is dead. He died on the 22nd July 2017 at the University College hospital Ibadan.
He was a Nigerian poet, journalist, writer, and actor. 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 Nigerias 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 Laropin (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts (2002).
Nollywood has lost a great icon, legend and pillar. His great deeds and works will forever remain on the face of the world.