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Ace broadcaster, Adebayo Faleti, is dead at 86

*Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide commiserates with family

By Debo Adeoye, Ibadan

Adebayo Faleti, poet, journalist, writer and actor, an old students of Ibadan Boys High School passed on Sunday morning at the famous University College Hospital, Ibadan at about 6a.m.

He is also known as a Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV).

He 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.

Faleti has published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names. He has received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts

In reaction to the announcement of his death, the entire members and leadership of the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide commiserated with the family of late Chief Adebayo Faleti (OON); our renowned leader per excellence, a veteran poet and play write, a unique gentle man with subtle heart of learning and teaching, whose untainted landmark achievements in the Yoruba nation and his indefatigable commitments towards peace and national development remains indelible in our hearts and the entire global community.

May God Almighty grant us the fortitude to bear the great loss and we pray that he continue to rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord.

Adieu Baba Oninu ire (in Yoruba language, it means, a father with a great heart). More condolence messages will be pouring in to honour the great Yoruba patriot.

Burial details are yet to be released by his family.

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