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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Biography Of Late Yoruba Comedian And Actor Baba Sala

Yoruba legendary movie actor, Moses Olaiya Adejumo a.k.a Baba Sala was born on May 18, 1936 in Ijesha, Osun State. He was a musician, dramatist and comedian. Baba Sala can also be regarded as one of the fathers if not even the grand-father of the modern Nigerian comedians.He always sings in a spectacular way in all his movies. Hardly you will watch any of his movies without singing in it due to his passion for music.

One of the children of the late entertainment icon, Emmanuel has narrated how Baba Sala died and according to him, the foremost comedian died in his sleep after taking his supper. Emmanuel said that his father, Moses Adejumo, ate his last meal around 6pm and took a rest for a while before he went to bed and died in his sleep. He stated that Adejumo’s youngest wife, Funmilayo, went to his room to tell him something when she discovered that Baba Sala had died.

For many people who do not know, Baba Sala started his career as show business as a musician of ‘High life’ as far back as 1964 under a brand name of a band known as ‘Federal Rhythm Dandies’. Through this band, he tutored and guided the master and the King of Jujumusic(ians) – Prince Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA) whoplayed the role of ‘Lead Guitar’ in Baba Sala’s music band.

He acted alongside Hubert Ogunde, the producer and owner of the then ‘Aye’, ‘Jaiyesimi’. Hubert Ogunde, apart from the fact that he was an actor, he was also a musician. He composed and sang ‘Onimoto rora sare o, Onimoto rora gbesele…. Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala) was a friend to Late Oyin Adejobi – the creator of “Ile Iwosan” a
Yoruba home movies series aired on the then Television Station Of Oyo State (TSOS) later changed to Broadcasting Corporation Of Oyo State (because).

Baba Sala was also a friend to Kola Ogunmola – the father of Peju Ogunmola also known as Peju Omobolanle (Pa Aluwe’s wife) and late Ayo Ogunmola (of blessed memory, a film producer and film director during his life time). Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala) was also a friend of late Duro Ladipo, the producer of ‘Sango’ (of that time), ‘Oruka ife’ and others.

A movie produced for TV station by Baba Sala is ‘Obe gbona’ out of many and the movies for cinema are ‘Aare Agbaye’, ‘Orun Mooru’, ‘Mosebolatan’. Mosebolatan was a film produced after the pirated ‘Orun Mooru’ where he showcased the late magician – Professor Peller. Baba Sala is married and gave birth to children. He is also a grand father. Among his children are Emmanuel Adejumo, Adedamola Adejumo – the producer of evergreen song ‘Oluwa mi mohun ti o se, Jesu mi mo’hun ti yo se….’




Nungtso Rimamsikwe

RIP Baba Sala

Oginni Samuel Oluwaseun

Ilesa, Osun State not Ijesha. Ijeshas are people from Ilesa and it's environs.

Muinat Omotunde

Eyah, great comedian indeed of his time, baba sela rest in peace

Olufemi Adekunle Rotty

May his good soul rest in perfect peace.

Owoeye Akinjide

May he soul rest perfect peace

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