Faleti’s Cultural Traits Remarkable – Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has spoken glowing of the late poet and actor, Chief Adebayo Faleti, describing him as someone whose belief in cultural values is remarkable.

Chief Faleti passed on quietly in his house on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the age of 95 was known for his celebral carriage, poetry master and a celebrated actor. He said the country would miss dearly.

In a statement issued by his Media Office at the weekend, Tinubu said: “I learnt of the death of Chief Adebayo Faleti while I was out of the country. I was deeply saddened by his passing on, though at an advanced age.

“Baba Adebayo Faleti was a true Yoruba man and an illustrious son of Nigeria. He recorded many giant strides. He was an icon in the academic, literary and cultural worlds. He was a man of many parts- poet, actor, author, broadcaster, writer and translator- and in each of these areas he excelled.

“Chief Faleti was a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, the Western Nigeria Television (NWNTV). Many would also remember him as the one who translated the Nigerian National Anthem, as well as many other major speeches, from English to Yoruba.

“What Alagba Faleti did in the cultural field is no less remarkable. He was in the vanguard of the promotion of Yoruba language and propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba.

“I had developed a close relationship with Baba Faleti since I was governor of Lagos. I kept this relationship with him till he breathed his last. I partnered with him in the production of some of his trophy creative work.

“I commiserate with members of his immediate family; I commiserate with the people of Oyo State, South-west and Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace”.

Gov. Aregbesola Pays Tributes To Late Faleti

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of  Osun has described the death of the popular playwright, Adebayo Faleti, as a huge loss to the Yoruba language and cultural heritage.

In a condolence message issued on Monday in Osogbo by his media aide, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said Faleti was a `complete man of the theatre – an actor, director, choreographer and designer ’ who created performance spaces influenced by traditional architectural forms. ‘’ He

He said the appearance and dressing of Faleti spoke volumes of his origin, adding that he was always ready to advocate the promotion of Yoruba language and culture.

“I received with great sadness, news of the passing away of one of Nigeria’s gifted scholars, culture icons, nationalists and top-on-the-shelf dramatists, Pa Adebayo Faleti.

“The death of the playwright, theatre director and teacher was a huge loss not only to the creative world alone but also to the world of Yoruba language and culture heritage which he promoted till his death,’’ he said. Aregbesola, who said the deceased contributed immensely to the promotion and advocacy of Yoruba Language,  added

Aregbesola, who said the deceased contributed immensely to the promotion and advocacy of Yoruba Language,  added that his exit   would create a yawning gap in the theatre and cultural world. “The death of Pa Adebayo Faleti is a huge loss in so many ways. “His death is a big blow to the

“The death of Pa Adebayo Faleti is a huge loss in so many ways. “His death is a big blow to the theatre and entertainment circle, a big blow to the cultural world as well as to the Yoruba Language community.

“His appearance and personality attested to the promotion of Omoluabi ethos the Yoruba people are known for and which the State of Osun stands for and promotes in all facets of human endeavours.

“Faleti exemplified the advocacy for an exhibition of Yoruba Language and culture in his writings and on stage,  particularly with one of his celebrated novels, `Won ro pe were ni.’

“Thespian of a first class mould and a cultural ambassador, Faleti will not be forgotten for his immense patriotism and sincere commitment to a better Nigeria and promotion and contributions to Yoruba language and culture.

“On behalf of the government and people of Osun, I convey our heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended families of the late stage icon, Oyo State Government, literary and drama communities.

Source: Vanguard

Ajimobi Mourns Outstanding Broadcaster, Chief Adebayo Faleti

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has described the death of ace broadcaster, writer, poet and actor, Chief Adebayo Faleti, as shocking and devastating.

Faleti, aged 86, died on Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

In a statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, Ajimobi also described the octogenarian as a repository of Yoruba culture and tradition.

Faleti was also a good ambassador of the state, he said.

“Even though Baba Faleti died at the ripe age of 86, his passing away is very unfortunate, disheartening and sad.

“Part of the things that endeared him to my heart was his simple lifestyle, his dislike for material wealth and commitment to the progress of the Yoruba race.

“Instead of allowing his humble background to serve as a barrier for his career progression, Chief Faleti defied all odds.

‘’He ensured that he trained himself up to the university level, even at a time when education was not too attractive.

“As a pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), he exhibited his dexterity in broadcasting, while he imparted morals in the younger generation through his various books, poems and acting.

“In recognition of his contributions to the development of Yoruba culture and tradition, the Federal Government conferred on him the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON),” Ajimobi said.

Ajimobi said that with Chief Faleti’s demise, the state had lost one of its cultural icons who had brought it fame and honour through his various activities in broadcasting, publishing and film industry.

He, however, called on members of his immediate family, friends and associates to celebrate rather than mourn the deceased, having lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.

Broadcaster Adebayo Faleti Is Dead

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.