Sunday 23 July 2017

Adebayo Faleti (December 1930 - July 2917)

A`debayo Faleti
Adebayo Faleti, a renowned broadcaster and author died  July 22, 2017 at the University College hospital Ibadan.
When Africa's first ever television station, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) opened at Ibadan, old Western Region, Nigeria, Faleti was among the pioneer professionals who were engaged as civil servants. He continued his  career as the General Manager of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan. In furthering his broadcasting career, Faleti acquired more knowledge in 1971 at Radio Netherlands Training Center, Hilversum, where he got certificate in Television Production.
Throughout his career, Faleti's works leaned towards his Yoruba native origin contents. As a Nigerian poet, journalist, writer and actor, Faleti, for example,  translated

Nigeria's National Anthem from English to Yoruba. Faleti also published a dictionary of Yoruba names and their meanings.
On the literary and film scenes, Faleti's works include roles as an actor and writer in movies like Thunderbolt: Magun (2001), Afonja (1 & 2) (2002), Basorun Gaa (2004), and Sawo-Segeri (2005).
He was a recipient of many awards such as Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts (2002).
  Faleti was born to Joseph Akanbi Faleti and Durowade Ayinke, Agbo-Oye, Western Region  (now Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria).
As a young man, Faleti started his career when he founded a theatre group, named Oyo Youth Operatic Society in 1949.
In 1966, Faleti went to University of Dakar in Senegal where he got a Certificate in French Language and Civilization. He graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with honours degree in English two years after he left Dakar.

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