Babatunde Omidina, Nollywood actor popularly known as Baba Suwe, is dead.
Details of Omidina’s death are sketchy but a source told Daily Trust that the actor, who has been in and out of the hospital over the years, died on Monday.
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In a terse statement, Adesola, Omidina, the deceased’s son, confirmed the death of the comic actor.
“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,” he said.
Born on August 22, 1958, in Inabere Street in Lagos Island, Baba Suwe hailed from Ikorodu local government area of Lagos State.
He 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 state but obtained the West African School Certificate from Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State,
He began acting in 1971 but came into 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 featured and produced several Nigerian movies such as Baba Jaiye jaiye, a movie that featured Funke Akindele and Femi Adebayo, the son of the veteran actor Adebayo Salami.
In 2011, he was accused of drug trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Baba Suwe was detained but he regained freedom after the NDLEA could not substantiate that he ingested drugs as alleged.