Adebayo Faleti, passed away on Sunday, July 23 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Although at a ripe age of 86, his death sent shock waves across the creative industry, most especially in his Ibadan base.

Governor Ajimobi is one of those who found the octogenarian’s death unbearable.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, Ajimobi described Faleti as a repository of Yoruba culture and tradition.

“Even though Baba Faleti died at the ripe age of 86, his passing away is very unfortunate, disheartening and sad.

“Part of the things that endeared him to my heart was his simple lifestyle, his dislike for material wealth and commitment to the progress of the Yoruba race.

“Instead of allowing his humble background to serve as a barrier for his career progression, Chief Faleti defied all odds.

“He ensured that he trained himself up to the university level, even at a time when education was not too attractive.

“As a pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), he exhibited his dexterity in broadcasting, while he imparted morals in the younger generation through his various books, poems and acting.

“In recognition of his contributions to the development of Yoruba culture and tradition, the Federal Government conferred on him the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON),” Ajimobi said.

Ajimobi said that with Chief Faleti’s demise, the state has lost one of its cultural icons who had brought it fame and honour through his various activities in broadcasting, publishing and film making.

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