A genius has left us’ — Atiku Abubakar, other eminent Nigerians mourn Baba Suwe - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE


Monday, 22 November 2021

A genius has left us’ — Atiku Abubakar, other eminent Nigerians mourn Baba Suwe

By Our Correspondent

Nigerians on Twitter are paying their last respects to Baba Suwe, the veteran Yoruba actor, who died on Monday.

Baba Suwe, whose real name is Babatunde Omidina, passed away after battling an illness.

The film star had started acting in 1971 but came into the limelight after he featured in a movie titled ‘Omolasan’.

He became very popular after ‘Iru Esin’, produced by Olaiya Igwe in 1997, and later starred in hundreds of films.

The actor’s troubles began after his arrest in 2011 and allegedly tortured on suspicion of ingesting cocaine.

A Lagos court had ordered that he be compensated with N25 million after no drugs were eventually found on him.

However, the veteran actor lamented years later that he did not receive such funds.

Taking to Twitter to mourn the late actor, Kate Henshaw, actress, wrote: “Sad news. A genius has left us.”

Atiku Abubakar, a former presidential candidate, added: “Thank you for bringing so much joy to our homes.”

See more tweets below:

Sad news. A genius has left us. Absolutely loved him. Rest in peace Baba Suwe.

—F. SHAW (@FshawKingFisher) November 22, 2021

Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe, thank you so very much for bringing so much happiness and joy into our homes. May your soul rest in peace.https://t.co/

Baba Suwe! Legend Forever! May Your soul rest in perfect peace. 🤍

—DeboMacaroni (@mrmacaronii) November 22, 2021

RIP Babatunde Omidina!

Baba Suwe remains my best Yoruba comic actor of all time.
There was a time Yoruba movie producers must include his picture in film posters, in order to advertise their films.

Thanks for the sweet childhood memories of the 1990s. Regards to Moladun. 😢

—Dennis O. Adesanoye (@stdennis02) November 22, 2021

RIP Baba Suwe.

Athespian like no other.

—Motolani Alake (@OneMotolani) November 22, 2021