Foremost Nigerian comedian, Apostle Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly known as ‘Baba Sala’ is dead, aged 82.
The legendary comedian passed on inside his private residence at Ilesa, Osun State, in the late hours of Sunday night, following age related ailment.
A statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Isaac Haastrup, said the remains of the deceased comedian had since been deposited at the morgue of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex (Wesley Guild Hospital), Ilesa.
‘Baba Sala’ had been bedridden for months before his final demise Sunday night.
Sources however said he came to church two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction at that service.
One of his sons, Emmanuel Adejumo, aka Boisala, formally announced the demise of his father on his Facebook page on Monday.
“My Daddy is gone. Finally gone home to glory. King of Comedy finally say bye-bye to this world. I will miss you so much Daddy. I love you so much but God love you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone,” Boisala stated.
Also taking to the Facebook to confirm the news of his death, his daughter, Oyindamola Adejumo Ayibiowu wrote:
“Goodnight, my great dad, Moses Olaiya Adejumo (Baba Sala). I’m proud to be your daughter, your legacy lives on!’.
Moses Adejumo, the veteran musician, theatre artiste and filmmaker who had suffered old age ailments for a long while, had been rumoured to have passed on, several times.
The entertainment legend’s death is coming after a struggle with his health in the past four years. He was diagnosed with stroke and spent a major time at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Regarded as the father of modern Yoruba comedy, Baba Sala, alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo, popularised theatre and television acting in Nigeria.
A prolific filmmaker, Baba Sala started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964 with a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies.
He tutored and guided the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time