Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and a host of Nollywood celebrities mourn the death of popular Yoruba actress Mrs. Folake Aremu, popularly called Orisabunmi, who died on January 5 at the age of 60.
The news of her demise was confirmed by the President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr. Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Pa Latin. The latest actress was from Kwara State.
Reacting, the Kwara State governor described the death of Orisabunmi as the end of a glorious era in the theatre industry.
He said this yesterday in Ilorin in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.
“The governor joins the rest of the country, especially Kwara people, to mourn the death of the great Orisabunmi, who was one of the pride of the State on the continental artistic stage.
“He recalls her exploits in the 1980s through early 2000s when she beautifully depicted the great African subculture in the Yoruba movie industry.
“Her pacifist roles and the bravery she exuded in most of her appearances were quite legendary and will be sorely missed,” the statement quoted AbdulRazaq as saying.
Veteran Nollywood actor Jide Kosoko and another actor, Yemi Shodimu, yesterday mourned Orisabunmi. They hailed her contributions to the development of the entertainment industry.
Meanwhile, Adebayo Salami, popularly called “Oga Bello”, was apparently distraught at the news of her demise, saying, “Please, I am sorry, I cannot comment now, it is a painful loss.”
Femi Adebayo, on his part, took to his official Instagram where he shared a photo of the late actress with the caption “What a loss to the industry, Rest in peace Madam Orisabunmi”