The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has said the late Yoruba poet and actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti, will forever remain in the hearts of the Yoruba race as a great ambassador of their culture and tradition.
In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, the Ooni said the late multitalented communicator spent almost all his life serving the Yoruba race in various areas of cultural development.
He said: “Chief Adebayo Faleti will certainly continue to live in the hearts of all the descendants of Oduduwa in appreciation of being a colossal blessing to our race as a great ambassador who gave all his God-given talents for the promotion and sustainability of Yoruba culture and traditions. He had been promoting the race right from the young age of 19 when he first established a Yoruba theatre group called ‘Oyo Operatic Society’.”
Oba Ogunwusi admonished governments in Southwest to immortalize the late thespian with a befitting arts institutions to make him a reference point.
The Ooni urged youths to always emulate the great playwright and famous actor in various areas of their careers, especially in the arts.
He said: “You will find him relevant virtually in all segments of arts and culture. That is why the governments of the Southwest must immortalize him.
“He was poet, he was a singer, he was a veteran actor, a writer, a broadcaster, a media manager, a teacher and rare promoter of Yoruba cultural values, which can be productively tapped by our youths, who must always find him worthy of emulation.”
Also, the final burial arrangement for the popular Yoruba actor, author and broadcaster will begin on September 5.
A statement by Ayoola Faleti, on behalf of the Faleti family said the funeral rites will begin on September 5 with a night of tributes and performances at International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan (UI).
The statement said the burial will hold on September 8 at Isokun Baptist Church in Oyo, followed by interment at Agboye Village in Oyo, via Ogbomoso.
The statement reads: “…Tuesday, September 5: Night of Tribute and Performances at International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, at 4 pm.
“September 6: Commendation Service at Salem Baptist Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, at noon.
“September 7: Lying-in-state at his home at Olororo, Ojoo, Ibadan, from 8 am to 9.30 am; Lying in State at BCOS- 10-11am,
“Lying-in-state at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, at 11 a.m; at the House of Chiefs, at 11.30 a.m.
“Body leaves for Oyo; Service-of-songs/Christian wake at First Baptist Church, Isokun, Oyo, at 4 p.m.
“Artists’ Night: Plaza De Haruna Hotel, Oyo, at 8 p.m.
“Sept 8: Final burial service at Isokun Baptist Church, Oyo; Interment follows at Agboye Village, Oyo via Ogbomoso.
“Entertainment of guests at Labamba Hotel Hotel, Oyo.”
(Edited By Olamide Michael)