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Baba Suwe: Sola Kosoko, Yomi Fabiyi, Others Pay Tribute

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Movie practitioners have started paying tributea to veteran Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina aka Baba Suwe, who at at 63 on Monday.

His death was announced by one of his sons, Adesola Omidina on Instagram.

Some of his younger colleagues, who took to their social media accounts to react to his death include Yewande Adekoya, Sola Kosoko, Muka Ray, and Sunny Alli.

Yewande Adekoya Abiodun wrote: “Rest In peace legend.”

For Sola Kosoko- Abina, one of the daughters of veteran actor Jide Kosoko, it’s a piece of sad news.

She wrote, “Oh my God, rest in peace.”

Muka Ray, one of the sons of legendary actor, Ray Eyinwunmi, expressed shock saying, “Haa, rest in peace.”

Sunny Alli, a member of the Odunfa Caucus, who worked closely with the late in his prime wrote: “Innalillahi waina illaehi rojiun …RIP Baba suwe.”

Yomi Fabiyi, one of the proteges of late Omidina, couldn’t hide his sadness.

While his phones have remained busy, he shared a candle light and emojis of weeping on his Instagram account.

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Fabiyi had been at the forefront of donation, soliciting funds for late when his health failed terribly in 2019.

Earlier in the day, he wrote on his Instagram stories, “The only time you cannot know true friends especially in our industry is when you party or have buffet. when they have nothing to lose or suffer no discomfort.

“If you fall terribly sick or run into any problem, that you need moral support, that is when you will know you amount to nothing to them, efele, you cease to exist. that energy for your party gone, they won’t look for you. Definition of our love is different from what we portray in our movies. Fake lives always win on social media no matter how honest you are. we can restore true love if we stop.”

Who is Babatunde Omidina, Baba Suwe

Born on August 22, 1958 and raised in Inabere street on Lagos Island, Baba Suwe is an indigene of the Ikorodu area of Lagos. He began acting in 1971 but came into the limelight after he featured in a movie titled, ‘Omolasan,’ a film produced by Obalende.

Baba Suwe became famous for his Television series, Erin Keeke, which had Yoruba as the language of communication.

The Television series made waves on NTA Channel 7 in the 90s and featured popular film stars like Opebe, Madam Saaje, Suwe and Emukay, until it was stopped airing in 1996.

Baba Suwe went on to make an impact on the video scene by appearing in several films and later producing over 10 films.

His fame continued to grow after he featured in Olaiya Igwe’s ‘Iru Esin,’ in 1997.

He also worked with various major movie producers and marketers like Bayowa Films and Corporate Pictures. One of his memorable works include ‘Baba Laarinlodu,’ ‘Baba Jaiye Jaiye,’ ‘Ojabo Ko fo,’ and ‘Elebolo.’

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