Veteran Nollywood comedian, Babatunde Omidina known popularly as Baba Suwe is dead.
The news of his death was confirmed by his daughter, Adesola Morenikeji Omidina, in a post on her Instagram page.
“This is to announce the sudden death of my father, Mr Babatunde Omidina. The legend and rare gem, Baba Suwe. 11/22/21
“Other details will follow shortly.
“May your soul rest in perfect peace Dad,” she posted.
Baba Suwe’s death was also confirmed by the President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan known as Mr Latin.
Baba Suwe was born on August 22, 1958.
State of Origin:
For many who would have thought the veteran actor hailed from Oyo or Osun State due to his accent, Baba Suwe was a native of Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
He was born and grew up in Lagos Island.
Omidina had his primary and secondary education in Lagos and Osun States, in the south-western part of the country.
Baba Suwe was best known for the comic role he played and featured in scores of movies – including those produced by him – such as Iru Esin, Ebi Olokada, Baba Londoner, Obelomo, Elebolo, Larinloodu, and Baba Jaiye Jaiye, among many others.
Omidina began acting in 1971. He, however, came into limelight after he featured in a Yoruba movie titled ‘Omolasan’ which was produced by Obalende.
Omidina was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 2011.
The allegation was later described as false and defamatory by a court in Lagos which ordered that Baba Suwe should be paid N25 million as compensation. He, however, lamented that he did not receive any payment years after the ruling.
The veteran actor died on November 22, 2021, after he was said to have battled an illness for a long period. He was 63 years old.