By Mike Adeyemi
The Kwara State Government has been urged to immortalise the late veteran Yoruba actress, Folake Aremu popularly known as Orisabunmi who died last Tuesday at the age of 60.
The Kwara born actress died four months after the death of her ex-husband, Jimoh Aliu, who was popularly known as Aworo.
President of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) Bolaji Amusan, known as Mr. Latin, confirmed she died on Tuesday night.
Speaking with our reporter in his office on Thursday, the Director of Public Orientation, Kwara State Ministry of Communication who is also an in-law to the late actress, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adeniyi Dankazeem commended the executive Governor of Kwara State, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulraszaq for issuing a press release in honour of the late veteran actress.
“We want to thank His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State for issuing a press release to eulogize late Foluke Aremu.
“I would equally want to implore the state government to immortalise her,” Dankazeem said.
The Director described the demise of late Orisabunmi who was until her dead the Yeyeoba of Olla as rude shock.
“We received the death of Orisabunmi with a rude shock because she was in my house in Ilorin up till December 21st and was hale and hearty. Her immediate sister is my wife.
“All of a sudden, we learnt that she developed a sore throat in the night and reportedly coughed profusely. We thought it was COVID-19 but the result came out negative. As the coughing persisted, she was placed on oxygen and was later pronounced dead,” the ace broadcaster affirmed.
He however said the late Foluke Aremu lived a fulfilled life having put smiles on many faces and raised many actors into stardom.
“She lived a fulfilled life. Living a fulfilled life doesn’t necessarily mean the number of houses you built or the number of children you raised. But how many people you were able to put smiles on their faces.
“She is a human capital developer. She had raised many actors and actresses into stardom. She was a mother to the core. She was kindhearted and not materialistic. She was a philanthropist,” Dankazeem added.
The late Orisabunmi was well known from the 80s for her roles as a priestess, pacifist, or the good witch in movies. She has played some iconic roles like ‘Asabi’ in “Oluwerimagboojo”, and the priestess in “Ayanmo Eda”.
However, it has been reported that the younger sister of late popular Yoruba actress Mrs. Folake Aremu known as Orisabunmi, Mrs Janet Ademola, is dead.
News of Janet’s death was broken and confirmed on Saturday by Gbenga Onisola, her nephew.
Janet, who is the last child of the family, died three days after the death of Orisabunmi.
Orisabunmi’s immediate elder brother, Steve Onisola, reportedly died on Thursday, barely 24hours after the death of the popular actress.
Onisola, the Technical Director of Kwara Falcons Basketball Club, Ilorin, passed on at age 71 after a brief illness.
By Mike Adeyemi