Veteran actor Baba Atoli is dead
A veteran Yoruba actor, Olaniyi Raji, better known as Baba Atoli, is dead.
Baba Atoli died on Thursday after battling an undisclosed ailment for over a year.
Ropo Ewenla, a member of the Ibadan Film Circle (IFC), the group to which the late filmmaker belonged, confirmed the news of his death in a statement on Thursday.
Foluke Daramola, an actress, has also confirmed the death of the ace Nigerian actor in an Instagram post.
Ms Daramole shared a photo of the late actor with the caption: “Sad we lost baba Atoli. Such a shame.”
Also, fans, friends and family of the late actor took to social media to mourn him.
Baba Ali was a member of the cast of ‘The Village Headmaster’ and also authored a crime fiction titled ‘The Charmed Lock.’
He resurrected and repackaged the longest-running Yoruba TV programme, ‘FEYIKOGBON.’
His movie credits include – Give and Take, Destiny, Hostess, Ọmọge (Damsel), – Pardonable, Unforgivable, and Happy Homes (a drama series once aired on DSTV, among others.
In March, the actor pleaded for financial support from his colleagues and fans following an illness in a video posted on YouTube.
Ms Daramola also posted videos soliciting financial aid for the ailing actor.
In one of the videos, Raji, his wife, also narrated the actor’s year-long battle with an undisclosed sickness.