More accolades for late Femi Robinson
The death of Femi Robinson, popularly known as Village Headmaster has continued to elicit reactions from stakeholders in the entertainment industry.
Robinson, who died on May 20 at the age of 75, was the first to play the role of Village Headmaster in the popular television sitcom on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
A veteran filmmaker and former Chairman of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Chief Eddie Ugboma, said that Robinson was one of the great pioneers of the entertainment industry in Nigeria.
“He was a stage man; he was a film man, and he was a television man.
“Just recently, we were on set in Femi Lasode’s epic film entitled `Stolen Treasure`.
“He was an icon of the industry, and one of the few members of the Village Headmaster still alive.
“It is so sad that there are no copies of the Village Headmaster that the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) could show in his honour.
“No documentation. Not even a copy.
“Femi Robinson’s death is a great loss to the industry and Nigeria as a whole.
“May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Another veteran actor and star of the “The New Masquerade”, Chika Okpala aka Zebrudiah said: “Oh! My God.
“I am shocked; we didn’t expect that Robinson will leave at this time that Nollywood is picking up. What we started years back has started yielding fruit.
“I am really shocked; May his soul rest in peace.
“He was a professional to the core; he interprets his role to enviable position.
“He is a man that I respect and I adore,” he said.
The late Robinson had studied Botany at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in the 60s.
However, he veered into acting and started off by playing the role of Odewale in Ola Rotimi’s ‘The Gods Are Not To Blame’.
The thespian was also a public relations expert, a business and theatre administrator.
He was the pioneer Director of Programmes of the Ogun State Television (OGTV).