Moses Olaiya Adejumo, the veteran comedian fondly referred to as ‘Baba Sala’ has died. He was 82. His son, Emmanuel “Boisala” Adejumo made the confirmation via a Facebook post.
“My Daddy is gone. Finally gone home to glory. King of Comedy finally says bye-bye to this world. I will miss you so much Daddy. I love you so much but God loves you more. Good night my mentor, father, teacher, gist partner. My daddy is gone”, he wrote.
Adejumo, a musician, producer and actor was famous for the role ‘Lamidi Sanni’ in the Alawada series, which was one of the most popular television shows in the 1970s and 80s. The fact that he and Wosila, his wife in the series had a daughter named Sala earned him the sobriquet “Baba Sala”.
In his hey days, Baba Sala started off as a musician and had King Sunny Ade as one of his members. He also owned Alawada Records which produced works of a number of artistes that included Chief Yemi Elebuibon and others. He also owned the famous Awada Spot from where a part of Yemetu, Ibadan derived the name “Yemetu Alawada” as well as a hotel in Ilesa, Osun State.
Apart from Oorun Mooru, his movie that was pirated in which he featured famed magician, Professor Peller, the veteran actor had other movies including Owo L’Agba, Agba Man, Mosebolatan, Aare Agbaye, Obe Gbigbona and Return Match.
Though details of how he passed on were sketchy as of the time of filing this report, findings revealed that he passed on late on Sunday. It will be recalled that he suffered a stroke about three years ago.
Sources close to the family disclosed that his body has been taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, Wesley Guild Hospital in Ilesa.