How The Man ‘Pa Adebayo Faleti’ Who Translated Nigeria Anthem To Yoruba Died

How The Man 'Pa Adebayo Faleti' Who Translated Nigeria Anthem To Yoruba Died

The man who translates Nigeria National Anthem from English Language to Yoruba, Pa Adebayo Faleti died after morning prayers, his son has said.

Poet, dramatist, broadcaster Chief Adebayo Faleti is dead. He died at 86 in his Ibadan home in Oyo State on Sunday.

Prominent Nigerians have been trooping to his home to condole the family while many have been describing him as a trailblazer in the field of entertainment and poetry.

Many have quickly forgotten that Pa Faleti translated the Nigeria National Anthem in English to Yoruba, which many adults recited during their primary and secondary school days.

Beside the fact that Faleti participated in some recent outstanding movies, including ‘Saworo Ide and Thunderbolt”, the artiste was a pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, the Western Nigeria Television established by the then Premier of Western State of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Speaking on the death of Faleti, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai described it as loss to Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Mohammed said that Faleti was a colossus and that the arts industry would forever be indebted to the man who left indelible footprint in the anal of entertainment in Nigeria.

He commiserated with the family and friends of the departed, as well as all practitioners in the sector. The minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed prayed that God will comfort them and grant repose to the soul of the departed.

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