Renowned actor, ace broadcaster, seasoned writer and journalist, Pa Adebayo Faleti today, at 86, died around 6am at University College Hospital, UC, in Ibadan. 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.
The deceased is said to have 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 has published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names. He has 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.