Veteran Nigerian comedian, actor and dramatist, Moses Olaiya Adejumo popularly known as Baba Sala is dead.
According to family sources, Baba Salah, 82, died around 10pm on Sunday October 7, 2018, in his home in Ilesa, Osun State.
Emmanuel Adejumo and Oyindamola Adejumo confirmed the death of their dad in a Facebook post in the early hours of Monday, October 8, 2018.
“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,” Emmanuel Adejumo wrote.
Also Baba Sala’s media assistant, Isaac Hastrup, confirmed the death of the ace comedian saying; “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.
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.”
Moses Olaiya born 1936, better known by his stage name “Baba Sala”, is a Nigerian comedian, dramatist and actor.
He is a Yoruba from Ijesha, Baba Sala, was regarded as the father of modern Nigerian comedy, alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo popularized theater and television acting in Nigeria. He is a prolific filmmaker.
Significantly, Baba Sala started his career in show business as a Highlife musician, fronting in 1964 a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies where he tutored and guided the jùjú music maestro King Sunny Adé who was his lead guitar player.
The late entertainment legend had struggled with his health in the last 4 years. He was diagnosed with stroke and spent a long time at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo state before his death.