Veteran broadcaster, actor, novelist and custodian of Yoruba culture, Pa Adebayo Faleti died in the early hours of July 23rd, 2017. He was aged 86.
Even though the tributes have been pouring in for the departed thespian, we believe we should bring the many interesting facts that you need to know about Pa Adebayo Faleti to bare.
Below are some of the facts about Pa Adebayo Faleti you might not know.
1. Pa Adebayo Faleti was born in 1921 in Agbo-oye, Oyo State in the old Oyo Empire
2. He was born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Akanbi Faleti
3. It was Pa Adebayo Faleti who translated the Nigerian National Anthem from English Language into the Yoruba Language.
4. Pa Adebayo Faleti was once the general manager of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan.
5. He was also at some point a Senior Research Fellow at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU Ile-Ife, Osun State
6. He was pioneer staff of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA. There, he worked as a film director and librarian
7. He was once a writer for The Nigerian Tribune and had a column there
8. He was responsible for translating speeches of former heads of state and public figures into Yoruba; including General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan and late Chief Bola Ige
9. During his lifetime, Pa Adebayo Faleti authored more than 100 journals and papers
10. Pa Adebayo Faleti was the Oyo State Director Of MAMSER during Babangida Era
11. He attended The prestigious Ibadan Boys High School in Ibadan, Oyo State and later studied English at the University of Ibadan
12. He received a certificate in Television and Radio Production from The Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, the Netherlands
13. Pa Adebayo Faleti received the national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)
14. He worked with some of the pioneers of the Yoruba Theatre industry including Hubert Ogunde, Ade Love and Duro Ladipo and acted in such iconic movies as Saworo Ide, Afonja, Thunderbolt (Magun), Sawo-Segberi and Basorun Gaa.
15. Pa Adebayo Faleti was a passionate lover and zealous promoter of the Yoruba culture and tradition
May his soul rest in peace.