In case you never got the opportunity to know about the late Baba Suwe, here are key things you should know about him.
The original name is Babatunde Omidina fondly referred to as Baba Suwe. He was born on August 22, 1958, in Lagos Island.
State of Origin
Baba Suwe who is known for his core Yoruba accent is an indigene of Lagos, from the Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state.
Baba Suwe had his educational endeavour between Lagos and Osun State. He had his primary education at Jamaitul Islamial Primary School in Lagos and Children Boarding School, Osogbo, Osun State before he proceeded to Adekanbi Commercial High School in Mile 12, Lagos. He obtained the West African School Certificate from Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, southwestern Nigeria.
His Career in Movies
In an earlier interview with newsmen, Omidina had stated that he started his movie career with Osumare Theatre Group while he was in secondary school.
From a major stage play titled, Baoku, the group became popular and moved to Lagos Television for their stage plays.
He said, “While at LTV 8, we had gone for a stage play, and after the performance, some people walked up to me and asked if I was the one in costume that just left the stage. I told them I was the one and they asked if I could perform at their station, which was NTA Channel 7.
“They also invited me to the National Theatre where we used to have 10-minute performances. We were then told to perform at their station. Their producer then was called Gani Kasumu.
“They really loved our first performance and we ended up recording 13 episodes of the programme. That was how the ‘world’ got to know about Baba Suwe and we became very popular.”
The late Yoruba veteran actor became more popular when he featured in the movie Iru Esin. Other movies he acted include; Oju Oloju, Baba Londoner, Ko tan si be, Aso Ibora, etc.
He also produced films including Alfa Nla, Ayedun, Baba Jaiye Jaiye, Baba Londoner, Eku Meji, Ojo Ale, Agbefo, Oju Oloju, etc.
Omidina’s failing health was made public in 2019 when he was said to be battling an undisclosed sickness, later revealed to be diabetes.
It was gathered that Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria, (TAMPAN) the association he belonged to, had been taking care of the veteran actor’s medical bills since 2017, under the administration of immediate-past President, Dele Odule.
The illness further took him to Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Idi Araba, Lagos and as gathered the actor got there through the approval of the association’s appeal to the Federal Government to foot the medical bill of the veteran and that the ailing veteran comedian was promised first-class treatment by the Federal Government at LUTH.
The actor also spent a month in a hospital at Rhodes Island, near New York, in the United States, where he received treatment for complications arising from diabetes and other ailments.
Baba Suwe and NDLEA
Baba Suwe was in 2011, accused by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of cocaine trafficking. An allegation that was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of the Lagos State High Court. His solicitor was the late Bamidele Aturu, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist.
The Veteran comic actor, died on Monday, 22 November, at age 63. His death was confirmed by his son Adesola Omidina, on his official Instagram page @Omo_Omidina.
It was also confirmed by the president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan also known as Mr Latin.