Pa Adebayo Faleti, a renowned actor, broadcaster and writer is dead. According to reports, he died on Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. He was 86.
A family source revealed that his body has been deposited at the hospital’s morgue. Details of his death are still sketchy at the time of filing this report but a family source said he died around 6 am today
The deceased is survived by three wives including Mrs. Moteniola and Olubunmi, his current wife and has about 15 children.
Pa Faleti was a Yoruba translator, TV exponent and a pioneer staff 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 made by the 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 and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts.