The late Nollywood Actor, Adedeji Aderemi, fondly called “Baba Olofa Ina,” has been laid to rest at his residence in the Wakajaye area of Ede in Osun State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the burial ceremony of the Nollywood Actor commenced at 4:15 p.m. on Friday with the arrival of several dignitaries, including politicians, traditional leaders, Islamic clerics, and community sympathisers.
NAN further noted the overwhelming presence of entertainers from the Nollywood industry, both nationally and internationally, who gathered to honour the late actor at his residence.
Among those present at the burial were representatives of the Timi of Ede land, Oba Munurudeen Lawal, and the President of the Theatre and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr. Bolaji Amusan, known as Mr. Latin.
In his tribute, Amusan, represented by TAMPAN’s Director of Finance, Mr. Ayo Oladapo, expressed how greatly the deceased would be missed by TAMPAN members, supporters, and family alike. He highlighted the significant role the late Aderemi played in the entertainment industry and how he served as a role model for many emerging artists.
Amusan urged TAMPAN members and acquaintances of the departed to live exemplary lives reflecting godliness, stressing that the late Aderemi was an essential figure in the establishment of TAMPAN and that he was a good person during his lifetime.
He prayed for the eternal rest of the departed soul and strength for the family to bear the irreparable loss.
Speaking as well, Mr. Amitolu Shittu, former Osun Amotekun Field Commander and a human rights activist, described the deceased as a humble individual cherished by everyone in Ede town and the entertainment industry.
Shittu noted that the late Aderemi significantly contributed to Ede town’s global recognition through his exceptional character and reputation.
Prof. Siyan Oyewesan, a friend of the deceased, highlighted the great loss suffered by the state and the entire Yorubaland due to the passing of an icon who impacted many lives.
Oyewesan mentioned that the name “Olofa Ina” was adopted by the deceased from the founding fathers of Edeland, contributing to the popularity of Ede town.
He further added that human life is transient, citing biblical references regarding the average lifespan of 70 years and the subsequent reliance on God’s grace and mercy.
NAN reported that Adedeji Aderemi, known as “Baba Olofa Ina,” passed away at the age of 73 after a prolonged illness.