On Friday, the late Nollywood actor Adedeji Aderemi fondly known as “Baba Olofa Ina”, was buried at his home in the Wakajaye neighborhood of Edeland, Osun.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a number of dignitaries, including politicians, traditional leaders, Islamic clerics, and community supporters, arrived at 4:15 p.m. to begin the Nollywood actor’s funeral ceremony.
NAN further noted the overwhelming presence of entertainers from the Nollywood industry, both nationally and internationally, who gathered to honour the late actor at his residence.
Among those present at the burial were representatives of the Timi of Ede land, Oba Munurudeen Lawal, and the President of the Theater and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr. Bolaji Amusan, known as Mr. Latin.
In his tribute, Amusan, represented by TAMPAN’s Director of Finance, Mr. Ayo Oladapo, expressed how greatly the deceased would be missed by TAMPAN members, supporters, and family alike. He highlighted the significant role the late Aderemi played in the entertainment industry and how he served as a role model for many emerging artists.
Amusan urged TAMPAN members and acquaintances of the departed to live exemplary lives reflecting godliness, stressing that the late Aderemi was an essential figure in the establishment of TAMPAN and that he was a good person during his lifetime.
He prayed for the eternal rest of the departed soul and strength for the family to bear the irreparable loss.
Speaking as well, Mr. Amitolu Shittu, former Osun Amotekun Field Commander and a human rights activist, described the deceased as a humble individual cherished by everyone in Ede town and the entertainment industry.
Shittu noted that the late Aderemi significantly contributed to Ede town’s global recognition through his exceptional character and reputation.
Prof. Siyan Oyewesan, a friend of the deceased, highlighted the great loss suffered by the state and the entire Yorubaland due to the passing of an icon who impacted many lives.
Oyewesan mentioned that the name “Olofa Ina” was adopted by the deceased from the founding fathers of Edeland, contributing to the popularity of Ede town.
He went on to say that human life is fleeting, quoting biblical passages about the average lifespan of seventy years and the need for God’s forgiveness and grace afterward.
According to NAN, Adedeji Aderemi, popularly known as “Baba Olofa Ina,” died at the age of 73 following a protracted illness.
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