By Shola Akingboye, 6th January 2021
As the sudden death of the veteran Yoruba actress, Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, who passed on Tuesday night was announced, the National President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, a.k.a Mr Latin on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of veteran Nollywood actress. She was 60.
Mr Latin, confirmed she died on Tuesday night. Another senior TAMPAN member, Tunde Ola-Yusuff, also broke the news of her death in a Facebook post.
Mourning her demise, Mr Amusan, in a statement, said Orishabunmi’s demise was a big loss to the entertainment industry and Nollywood in particular.
Mr Amusan says Orishabunmi was an orator who would perfectly chant eloquently with her resounding sonorous voice, adding that the industry would surely miss her.
” O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
” It is so sad we lost a priceless jewel, a very rare gem in the Nigerian film industry, Chief Mrs Folakemi Aremu aka Orishabunmi to the cold hands of death last night.
” Though good people die every day yet not all of them affirm for us the goodness in humanity the way Orishabunmi did.
“She passed away leaving a legacy of positive experiences for anyone who took the time to know her.
” If oratory is the masterful art, the world will surely miss Orishabunmi for her talent,” he said.
Orisabunmi was famous for playing the role of a priestess with magical powers expressed in incantations and some other mysterious manifestations and these have endeared her to many viewers for many years.
The late actress achieved fame in the 80s when she starred in the TV series Arelu, alongside her ex-husband and the likes of Fadeyi Oloro. This was shortly after she was discovered by her ex-husband in the 80s while working as a teacher in Kwara State.
She first appeared in a stage play called ‘Ori Ma Binu’ but it was her role as ‘Orisabunmi’ in “Arelu” that made her a household name.
Some of her iconic roles include ‘Asabi’ in “Oluwerimagboojo” and the priestess in “Ayanmo Eda”.
Mr Amusan said Orishabunmi was an orator who would perfectly chant eloquently with her resounding sonorous voice, adding that the industry would surely miss her.
He said that the burial arrangement would be communicated soon.
Her most recent role was ‘Eyegbemi’, a witch who tries to help her friend out of poverty in the 2018 hit “Iya Alakara”.