The icon and grandfather of comedy in Nigeria, Moses Olaiya Adejumo popularly known as Babasala is dead.
Babasala is said to have died at his Ilesa home on Sunday evening and his body has been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa. In a report, his media assistant, Mr Isaac Hastrup confirmed the death of the all rounder entertaining and comedian this Monday morning.
He said, “Baba has died. He died some minutes to 10pm on Sunday night. His remains had been taken to the morgue. He died of old-age related sickness. Baba came to church, C&S Church Adasa, two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction. Baba has gone to be with the Lord and he will be missed by many people including his fans.”
The pacesetter died at 82 years old after enduring stroke he had two years ago. Babasala's daughter, Oyindamola Adejumo-Ajobiowu in a phone chat stated that her father died yesternight after talking his bath and eating his meal on Sunday night. The singer who recently bagged a PhD at University of Pretoria, SA added that her father spoke to her four days ago and prayed for her as he normally does. The lady who wasn't happy with the media for their previous false news of his death last year and in 2016 noted that it was a celebration a life as her father lived a good life which all his children are still enjoying his goodwill and integrity.
"It's true my father is dead. He lived a good life and died in his sleep after bathing and eating," says Oyindamola.
Babasala is regarded as the father of modern Nigerian comedy alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde Hubert, Duro Ladipo popularized theater and television acting in Nigeria. A prolific filmmaker. he started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964, a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies where he tutored and guided the likes of juju musician, King Sunny Ade and bass guitarist, Michael Abulude.