Nollywood actors have been thrilling for years. In the 80s’ and 90s, some actors chose comedy as part of their work, they gave their fans back to back laughable and educational movies.
Here are nine late Nollywood comic personalities that rocked the 80s’ and 90s’:
1. Babatunde Omidina
Baba Suwe was one of the best comical actors during his active years before he battled with illness.
He worked with Mr Latin, Ogogo, Lukuluku Bantashi etc and featured in blockbusters Yoruba movies like Elebolo, Laarinloodu in the 80s and 90s.
After his successful surgery, the prolific comical actor died on 22nd November, 2021.
2. Late Moses Adejumo
Moses Olaiya Adejumo aka Baba Sala was regarded as the father of modern Nigerian comedy.
The Ijesa-born icon played the class clown and dresses queer to please his audience. He was also in show business as a highlife musician with the ‘the Federal Rhythm Dandies’ group in 1964, where he tutored the jùjú music prodigy King Sunny Ade who was his lead guitar player. He died in October 2018 at 82.
3. Late Sam Loco Efe
Sam Loco Efeeimwonkiyeke was a Nigerian actor, television personality, producer, comedian and director. He was also one of the popular comic actors. He was known for cracking ribs non-stop and giving savage response in movies he featured.
He worked with Osuofia and had featured in a lot of funny educative movies. He was found dead in his sleep at Rapour hotel, Owerri on 7 August 2007 at 72.
4. Late Omoladun Omidina
Monsurat Omidina popularly known in as Omoladun Kenkelewu was one of the best comical actresses.
She was married to late Yoruba veteran, Babatunde Omidina and they featured in many comical Yoruba movies together. The pair was always hilarious, bringing happiness and smiles to many Nigerians. She sadly passed away on 1st September 2009.
5. Lukuluku Bantashi
Lukuluku Bantashi was also among the greatest Yoruba comical actors in Yoruba industry.
He also featured in exciting comic movies like Yemi my lover, Ami Orun, Legal Wife, Itunu etc and worked with the likes of Baba Suwe, James depe, Dejo Tunfulu, Okondo and others. The veteran died in 1995 after a brief illness.
6. Muftau Aladokun
Muftau Aladokun aka Alaran was another popular actor known for his comedy skill in Yoruba movies.
Alaran featured in movies like Erin Lakatabu, Opolo and worked alongside Baba Suwe in Laarinloodu. The actor sadly passed away on the 18th October, 2006.
7. Tajudeen Akanmu
The comical actor was popularly known as Koledowo. He was also among the famous Nollywood comic actors during the 80s and 90s. He displayed incredible comedy skills in his movies.
He featured in movies like Koto Aiye, Alaga Kansu, Koto Orun, Eran Iya Oshogbo and many others bringing smiles to faces.
He sadly passed away in 2008 at his residence in Osogbo.
8. Late Olukayode Odumosu
Olukayode Odumosu popularly known as Pa Kasumu was also one of the talented Yoruba actors known for his comical traits in movies.
He featured in many movies and worked with the likes of Yinka Quadri, and other. He sadly passed away on 1st March 2021 after a long battle with illness.
9. Abiodun James Aremu
Called Baba Sabiko, he was one of the popular comical actors in the Yoruba industry. He was a very good actor and featured in movies like Ija Orogun and Ija Ominira produced by the late Ade Love.
The multi-talented broadcaster and founder of Baba Sabiko Theatre and Comedy Group Int’l, Ibadan, passed away on 9th April, 2018.