Nigeria’s entertainment industry painfully lost one of its oldest members Moses Olaiya Adejumo popularly known as Lamidi Baba Sala on Sunday, October 7, 2018 after a brief illness due to some geriatric medical challenges.
After his early primary education at Ilesha his hometown, he set up a juju music orchestra he later called Moses Olaiya Juju Group comprising very young men and women. He nurtured this group for a number of years before switching off to entertainment genre which he bestrode like the proverbial colony for many years. The legendary Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye a.k.a. Sunny Ade once served under his tutelage as a guitarist.
For more than 50 years, humorist Pa Moses Olaiya Adejumo held the Nigerian theatre stage spell-bound with his very interesting rib-cracking super comedian jokes among which were Orun Mooru, 1982, Aare Agbaye 1983, Mosebolatan 1985 and Agba Man 1992.
Anyone who grew up in the South-West would attest to the prowess and productivity of Pa Adejumo. They would have watched some of his various television series or a celluloid production at the cinema. For more than 50 years, his comedy skills wewre the delight of every home.
In his lifetime, the late comedian was a minister of God at the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ilesa. As a comedian, he used his talent to make people happy and forget their sorrows. Prominent Nigerians among who are Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State had paid glowing tributes to the late entertainer of repute ditto popular actor Kareem Adepoju a.k.a. Baba Wande who featured in his film Mosobolatan and Jide Kosoko.
Baba Sala was a multi-talented artiste whose works straddled music, theatre and comedy. He had a travelling theatre troupe performing in concerts, got his works recorded on vinyl and LP albums, cassettes, cartridges, CD, Video CD and DVD. He was also an entrepreneur with investments in entertainments, hotels and recreation and will forever be remembered for his creativity, dramatic simplicity, far-reaching and rib-cracking humour.
His humoure is clean, elevating, uplifting, philosophical and borne out of wisdom. You could hardly watch him without laughing and getting elated. A harbinger of good fortune, he made people forget their sorrows through his talent. His death has left a gap too wide to be covered in subsequent years without him.
In the midst of his entertainment exploits, former President Olusegun Obasanjo awarded him Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) many years ago.
He was survived by wives, children, grand children and great grand children.
We finally bid goodbye to this great humorist of our time and wish God grants his extended family the fortitude to bear the irrepairable and mournful loss.