Renowned Yoruba author, Adebayo Faleti, is dead.
His son Adeniyi said, “After the morning devotion, I helped him to the bathroom as I normally did. He said he wanted God to send someone else to come and complete his work because he had done all he could do. He also said that he wanted to go home. Suddenly, I noticed that he was not breathing again. We took him to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he was confirmed dead. We shall miss him greatly.”
Faleti was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba.
Before his death, the Oyo-born author received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger, the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts.