*says his death, a blow to Nigerian Theatre Industry
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ooni of Ife and Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Thursday described the late veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Jimoh Aliyu as unique promoter of the prestigious Yoruba culture .
Ooni Ogunwusi stated this in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare made available to newsmen.
The royal father stressed that the death of Chief Aliu has dealt a blow to the theatre and film industry in Nigeria as the late actor, producer and entertainer was a unique promoter of the prestigious Yoruba culture which he projected through his several works during his lifetime.
“Like the late Hubbert Ogunde among other Yoruba’s cultural heroes, the whole world particularly the descendants of Oduduwa will never forget ‘Arelu’; one of Pa Aliu’s epical movies through which this great man taught countless moral lessons”, he said..
Ooni Ogunwusi added, “aside from being a movie maker, Pa Jimoh Aliu during his lifetime was very close to the ancient throne of Oduduwa through which he played several active roles particularly by adding glamor and indeed colour to our festivals and other social activities”.
“His return to his creator at 85 is a unique reminder that death remains a unique feature of all men and no matter how good or badly spent a life is, it must end.”
Ooni Ogunwusi while commiserating with the Nigerian Theatre industry, Ekiti State, Oodua race and all members of of the deseased icon of cultural development prayed the Almighty Olodumare will give them the fortitude to bear the loss the death of Chief Jimoh Aliu has caused.ENDS.