Legendary theater artist, Baba Sala, dies

Legendary theater artist, Baba Sala, dies

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Nigeria’s 82-year-old ace comedian, Moses Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead.

Reports say that Baba Sala, died at his private residence in Ilesa, Osun State, on Sunday night.

The media aide to the comedian, Mr Isaac Haastrup, said the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa.
One of his sons, Emmanuel Adejumo, aka Boisala also confirmed his father’s demise in the early hours of Monday, on his Facebook page.

“My Daddy is gone. Finally gone home to glory. King of Comedy finally says bye-bye to this world.

“I will miss you so much Daddy. I love you so much but God loves you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone,” Boisala stated on Facebook.

Moses Olaiya, born in 1936 in Ijesha, was Nigerian comedian, dramatist and actor.

The prolific filmmaker also had a career in show business as a Highlife musician, fronting in 1964 a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies.

He tutored and guided the jùjú music maestro King Sunny Adé who was his lead guitar player.

Some films generally credited to him include Orun Mooru (1982), Aare Agbaye (1983), Mosebolatan (1985), Obee Gbona (1989), Diamond (1990 Home video ), Agba Man (1992, Home Video).

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