Prof. Soyinka, Minister of Information, Aregbesola and Ogun State Governor, said We Should Celebrate Faleti, Instead of Mourning Him
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, have all agreed that the death of the renowned author, poet, broadcaster and actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti, is a huge loss to the country as a whole, and the country’s creative sector in particular.
According to Soyinka, the incidence happened, “So soon after Abiola Irele, another pillar of the Shrine of Letters, succumbs to the exigencies of Time and leaves our horizon cloudy”. He went further to express that “Adebayo Faleti was a pioneer in virtually every genre of literary creativity, and its expansion. No one should have been surprised to watch him lift the level of acting in the flush of Nigerian films, with his studied, subtle character portrayals”.
Also that the, “Yoruba scholarship owes him much, and will honour him befittingly. More importantly is that he leaves for us memories of his unassuming presence which so richly embodied the expression, ‘Still waters run deep’. Thus, the Nobel laureate declared, with others, the deceased should be celebrated and not mourned.
The minister, in a statement in Abuja, emphasized Faleti was a trailblazer and a colossus, who had left a permanent footprint in the Nigerian landscape.
He further said that generations of authors, poets, broadcasters and actors “owe Pa Faleti a debt of gratitude for his dedication, hard work and love of country.”
Mohammed offered condolences to the family and friends of the deceased as well as all practitioners in the sector. He equally prayed that God would comfort all concerned and grant rest to the soul of the departed.
Aregbesola, in his own way described the late writer and actor as a, “complete man of the theatre — an actor, director, choreographer and designer — who created performance spaces influenced by traditional architectural forms.” And that, “Faleti exemplified the advocacy for, and exhibition of Yoruba language and culture in his writings and on stage, particularly with one of his celebrated novels, Won ro pe Were ni. Thespian of a first-class mold and a cultural ambassador, Faleti will not be forgotten for his immense patriotism and sincere commitment to a better Nigeria and promotion and contributions to Yoruba language and culture.”
He further noted that the appearance and dressing of Faleti while alive spoke much about his origin and that he was always ready to advocate the promotion of Yoruba language and culture.
He went on to say that the exit of Faleti would certainly create a yawning gap in the theatre and cultural world.
The Governor of Ogun State, Daniel Otunba, in a statement by his Media Officer, Ayo Giwa, expressed shock on the death of Faleti, whom he described as a rare gem and an uncommon individual. The Governor declared that the late Faleti was a man of many parts who equally excelled in his career as a poet, journalists, writer, translator, broadcaster and a TV exponent.
Thus, having achieved so much before his demise, Prof. Soyinka, Minister of Information, Aregbesola and Ogun State Governor said, while the renowned actor and broadcast manager would be missed as an unparalleled repository of Yoruba culture, his footprints in the annals of Yoruba culture should be celebrated and preserved.