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Adebayo Faleti: The Departure Of A Master Story-teller

by Oba Samuel
Veteran actor, Cultural icon, late Pa Adebayo Faleti finally laid to rest

Adebayo Faleti: The Departure Of A Master Story-teller
Nigeria’s foremost playwright, poet, journalist, author and actor-Chief Adebayo Faleti died at a ripe age of 86 on 22nd July 2017 at the University College Hospital Ibadan(UCH).He was born on 26th December 1930 in Abia State, Nigeria. Adebayo Faleti: The Departure Of A Master Story-teller

He attended the University of Dakar in Senegal and obtained a Certificate of proficiency in French Language and Civilization in 1966.He was a graduate of the University of Ibadan where he studied English in 1971. He also attended the Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, Netherlands where he got a certificate in Television Production.

He also attended the Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, Netherlands where he got a certificate in Television Production.Adebayo Faleti: The Departure Of A Master Story-teller
This late veteran journalist was one of the pioneer staff at Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) as a film editor and a librarian.He was once the General Manager of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS)

Adebayo Faleti was a Yoruba translator par excellence who translated speeches of the military president of Nigeria- Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.He was responsible for the translation of Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba.

Faleti established his theatre group, named Oyo Youth Operatic Society in 1949.
As an author, he has written great books and plays like: Dictionary containing the formal use of Yoruba, names, Basorun Gaa, Sawo-Sogberi, Thunderbolt: Magun, Afonja (1 & 2), etc which has been developed into films by Mainframe productions of Tunde Kelani.
He co-produced Tunde Kelani’s first film titled ‘’The Dilemma of Rev. Father Michael’’.(Idaamu Paadi Minkailu) when he returned to Nigeria after he finished from the London Film School.

It was on record that his play “Eiye Atoka” (The Pilot Bird) chastised the society and government and Chief S.L Akintola, the Premier of the Western Region and his Deputy, Chief Remi Fani-Kayode were in attendance when it was performed live on stage. Even Faleti thought the play would be banned like Hubert Ogunde’s Yoruba Ro’nu but the then government did nothing of such.

Adebayo Faleti was married Mrs. Moteniola and Mrs. Olubunmi.
His first child is Mrs. Adeboola Orunsolu (née Faleti).

He was a recipient of many awards which include: Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts.Adebayo Faleti: The Departure Of A Master Story-teller
There is no doubt to the fact that Nigeria and the literary world will miss this Icon.

Faleti published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names.He received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) ,the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts

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