Nigeria’s first king of comedy, Baba Sala is dead


Veteran comedian, Moses Adejumo Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead. He was 81.

Baba Sala died in Ilesa on Sunday evening and his body has been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex, (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa.

His media assistant, Mr Isaac Hastrup, confirmed the death of the ace comedian to our correspondent on the telephone on Monday morning.

Hastrup said, “Baba has died. He died some minutes to 10pm on Sunday night. His remains had been taken to the morgue. He died of old-age related sickness.

“He came to church two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction. Baba has gone to be with the Lord and he will be missed by many people including his fans.”

That Baba Sala faced serious financial challenges up till the time he died is no news. To help salvage the situation, Dele Adejumo, Moses Olaiya’s son, once confronted the government of Nigeria and urged them to support his father as he deserved it for his active role in the Nigerian film industry and even beyond.