Nollywood’s Veteran Yoruba Comic Actor Dies


Veteran Nollywood actor, known for his sensational Yoruba comic, Yekini Omobolanle Oyedele widely referred to as Baba Legba, is dead.

The news of Oyedele’s death was made known in a Facebook post on Monday, September 7, 2020, by Adejumo Boisala Emmanuel, son of another late veteran, Baba Sala.

Adejumo confirmed that the actor has however been buried according to Islamic rites.

“Alhaji Yekini Omobolanle popularly known as Babalegba died in the early hours of today (midnight precisely).

”He joined Alawada Theatre Group in 1974 and was playing comic roles along with Baba Sala, sometimes he played Babalawo, Police officer but the most time one comic role to another.

”He is a friend of the family and supporter of my Daddy till his death. He used to be called Sunday Omobolanle then, before he went to Mecca and he turned Muslim. Personally, he contributed a lot to my success too”, Adejumo Boisala said.

Also, in an emotional laden message posted on Instagram, Nollywood actor, Foluke Daramola Salako expressed regret at the passing of Baba Legba.

“And we lost another veteran…though Baba Legba was old but we never want to see our loved ones die. I spoke with Baba last week but I was too busy with my restaurant to check like I always do because he told me he was under the weather, quite unfortunate I couldn’t bade him goodbye before he gave up the ghost, quite unfortunate we lost him.

“I feel kind of guilty I didn’t check on him when he called”, Salako stated.