Renowned Yoruba actor, broadcaster, poet and and author, Adebayo Faleti has passed away. Faleti who was one of the pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) died at the University College Hospital Ibadan on 22nd of July, 2017.
Faleti was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba. He also translated speeches being made by military president of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.
Before his death, he received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger, the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts.