Late veteran comic actor Moses Olaiya Adejumo popularly known by his stage name, Baba Sala, will forever be remembered in the history on theatre arts in Nigeria. He reportedly died on Sunday, October 7, at the age of 81.
Late Baba Sala can be referred to as one of the foremost comedian in Nigeria. He began his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964. He formed a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies where he tutored legendary guitarist and juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade.
In 1969, late Baba Sala became a full-time stage actor and comedian, setting up the Moses Olaiya International Alawada Theatre Limited. The group toured extensively and visited many towns in Nigeria’s south-west, as well as the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).
He was also a pioneer of the Nigerian movie industry and was one of the first producers of indigenous-language films.
Just like Charlie Chaplin, the deceased was a natural comedian who could make anyone laugh without saying a word. His trademarks were his enormous bow-tie, gigantic spectacles, over-size shoes, alarm clock and pipe. All this were combined with his hilarious performance to create an unforgettable character.
His nearly five decades in the entertainment industry were untainted by any scandal or unfitting behaviour. This good act got him to be given the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the Obasanjo administration in 1978.
During an interview with PM News in 2011, late Baba Sala revealed that he had 18 wives and 50 children. But nonetheless, he was a family man to the core and a doting dad.
Following his death, Legit.ng shares some rarely-seen pictures of Moses Olaiya Adejumo. These were shared by Adesina Oluwole Ajayi on his Facebook profile in paying tribute to the late legendary actor.
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