There’s a piece of sad news that has hit the Nigerian Entertainment Industry. This got to do with the passing away of veteran comic actor, Baba Suwe real name Babatunde Omidina.
News of his death got out on Monday, 22nd November 2021. The news of his death was confirmed by Bolaji Amusan aka Mr Latin, who is the president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria.
In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Mr Latin said, “It has been confirmed that Baba Suwe is dead. I just got off the phone with his son who confirmed that the actor is dead. I don’t have much details about his death.”
Furthermore, the son of the veteran actor identified as Adesola I. Morenikeji Omidina has also come out to confirm news of his father’s passing away.
In an Instagram post, he wrote:
This is to announce the sudden death of my father Mr Babatunde Omiidina. The legend and rare gem “Babasuwe” 11/22/21 Other details will follow shortly!
May your soul rest in perfect peace Dad.
Born on August 22, 1958, in Inabere Street on Lagos Island where he grew up but hails from Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Omidina had his primary education at Jamaitul Islamial Primary School in Lagos and Children Boarding School, Osogbo before he proceeded to Adekanbi Commercial High School in Mile 12, Lagos. He obtained the West African School Certificate from Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, southwestern Nigeria.
Omidina began acting in 1971 but came into the limelight after he featured in a movie titled, ‘Omolasan’, a film produced by Obalende.
He became more popular after he featured in Iru Esin, produced by Olaiya Igwe in 1997. He had also featured in and produced several Nigerian movies such as Baba Jaiye Jaiye, a movie that featured Funke Akindele and Femi Adebayo.
In 2011, he was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, an allegation that was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of the Lagos State High Court. His solicitor was the late Bamidele Aturu, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist.