Veteran Nigerian comedian, ‘Baba Sala’ dies at 81
Moses Olaiya, aka Baba Sala
Veteran Nigerian comedian, Moses Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead.
The demise was announced by one of his sons, Emmanuel Adejumo, a.k.a Boisala in the early hours of Monday.
“My Daddy is gone. Finally gone home to glory. King of Comedy finally say bye-bye to this world. I will miss you so much Daddy. I love you so much but God love you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone,” Boisala stated on Facebook.
Media assistant to Baba Sala, Mr Isaac Hastrup, also confirmed the death of the ace comedian
According to Hastrup, he died some minutes to 10pm on Sunday night and remains had been taken to the morgue.
“He came to church 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 veteran musician, theatre artiste and filmmaker who had suffered old age ailments for a long while had been rumoured to have passed on, several times with the most recent being in 2017.
Baba Sala died in the late hours of Sunday, October 7, 2018 in his hometown, Ilesa, Osun State.
His body is said to have been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital), Ilesa.
Regarded as the father of modern Yoruba comedy, Baba Sala, alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo, popularised theatre and television acting in Nigeria.