Nigerians expressed shock and grief yesterday as popular Nollywood actor/comedian, Babatunde Omidina (aka Baba Suwe), died.
The actor died after battling illness for over two years.
Baba Suwe’s death was announced by one of his daughters, Adesola Omidina.
“This is to announce the sudden death of my father, Babatunde Omidina, the legend and rare gem, Baba Suwe, on November 22, 2021. Details and other arrangements will be announced shortly,” she said.
Baba Suwe became popular for his comic roles in several Nollywood films and television productions between the late ‘80s and mid-‘90s.
The actor and film producer became famous for his TV series, Erin Keeke, which had Yoruba as the language of communication.
The series made waves on NTA Channel 7 in the ‘90s and featured popular film stars, like Opebe, Madam Saaje, Suwe, Emukay, and others, until it stopped airing in 1996.
The veteran actor went on to make an impact on the home video scene by appearing in several movies and later producing over 10 under his Erin Keeke imprint and late Babs Omidina Production.
His fame continued to grow after he featured in Olaiya Igwe’s movie, titled: Iru Esin, in 1997.
He also worked with various major movie producers and marketers, like Bayowa Films and Corporate Pictures.
Some of his memorable works include Baba Laarinlodu, Baba Jaiye Jaiye, Ojabo Ko Fo, and Elebolo.
He fell ill in 2018 and his health deteriorated until 2019 when several Nigerians, including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, donated funds for his medical treatment abroad.