Folake Aremu: Veteran Yoruba actress, Orisabunmi, dies ‘after brief illness’

Popular Yoruba actress Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, has dead at the age of 60.

The veteran actress, a native of Olla in Kwara State, died at her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State after a brief illness.

Born on October 10, 1960, in Ilu Ola, Kwara State, Orisabunmi went to Ilu Ola Primary School and Secondary Commercial College.

Veteran actor Jide Kosoko confirmed her death on Wednesday, Punch reported.

Kosoko, who described her death as a terrible blow to the Nigerian theatre industry, also prayed for God to comfort her family members and her loved ones.

He said, “No doubt, Folake was a thoroughbred actress. She was an amazon in the industry and we respected and valued her for her contribution. She gave her all to her career and she was recognised for her worth.”

The President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan, popularly called Baba Latin, said Orisabunmi died late Tuesday night.

Her death came months after the demise of her former husband, Jimoh Aliu, popularly called Aworo, under whose tutelage she rose to prominence in the film industry.

Aremu was well known since the 80s for her roles as a priestess, pacifist and the good witch in movies.


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