Veteran Broadcaster,actor, Alagba Adebayo Faleti Dies at 86

Veteran broadcaster and author, Alagba Adebayo Faleti is dead.

The poet, writer and actor in ‘Saworoide’ movie was said to have passed on, Saturday, 22nd July at the University College Hospital Ibadan.

He died at the age of 86 years, having being born on 26th December, 1930.

Faleti was a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television WNTV in Ibadan.

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 and 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 (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts, among others.

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