Veteran actor, Olatunbosun Odunsi, on Monday opened a hitherto unexplored angle into the life of Alagba Adebayo Faleti, the veteran broadcaster and actor, who passed on at 86 on Sunday morning.
While speaking on a radio programme in Ibadan, Odunsi pointed out that “many people describe Baba as a poet, a philosopher and an actor, but there is something they don’t know about him and that is what I will tell you today. Baba Faleti was a prophet”.
Odunsi said “in his lifetime, Baba Faleti said someone would become king, it happened. He started calling Larinde Akinleye ‘Doctor”, even when he was not interested in attending a university. Akinleye would later play the role of Dokita Sunmola in a play. The late Larinde Akinleye ended up becoming a Doctor.
I took the role of ‘Paadi’ in Idaamu Paadi Minkailu and Baba Faleti started calling me “Reverend”, I eventually became one. In one of his writings, back in the 1970s, he said ‘oh, that a bridge would be built in Ibadan. Shortly after that, a bridge sprang up at Molete”.
Odunsi also confirmed that decades ago, he (Odunsi) was a member of the Araba Theater Group, the late Faleti had another theater group. The two eventually fused into one and became the premier association of theater practitioners; Egbe Alebiosu.
Faleti, a respected poet and broadcaster started off at the Western Nigeria Television. Those privileged to watch him as a newscaster would remember him for his rich and deep usage of the Yoruba language as well as his trademark; the peculiar style with which he wore his cap.
Another actor, Alhaji Tunde Bamgbode, described the deceased as a mentor and people’s person. “He hated cheating and he would go the extra mile to seek redress if he sees that someone has been cheated Despite the age gap, he called people like us my friends”, he said, while stressing that Baba Faleti would be sorely missed.
Faleti wrote, produced and acted in several popular Yoruba plays. he was also known for his poems.
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