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TAMPAN, practitioners mourn iconic actress Orisabunmi

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The stage and movie industry in Nigeria was thrown into deep mourning on Wednesday with the news that the iconic actress, Folake Aremu, who is popular as Orisabunmi, had passed on. The fiery actress who was once married to another legend of the stage and screen Jimoh Aliu at the early stages of her career, reportedly died on Tuesday night at her Ibadan residence after a brief illness same day.

Aged 61, the actress earned the alias Orisabunmi after she delightfully interpreted the role of a pacifying priestess Orisabunmi in a 1987 TV series Arelu produced by her former husband Jimoh Aliu who passed on in October 2019. She was later to feature as the priestess Orisabunmi in most stage and screen production of the ’90s.

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Star of critically acclaimed films such as Yanponyarin and Fopomoyo, condolence messages have continued to pour in for the veteran actress who was known for her chants and oratory.

President of the Theatre and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Otunba Bolaji Amusan aka Mr. Latin described Orisabunmi’s death as a huge loss to the industry. “It is so sad we lost a priceless jewel, a very rare gem in Nigerian film industry,” Amusan said, adding that the actress died leaving behind a legacy of positive experiences for those who knew her closely.

He also said: “We will surely miss Orisabunmi for her talent. She was an orator, who would perfectly chant eloquently with her resounding sonorous voice. Iya Oosha, we will surely miss you.”

Popular Yoruba actor, Sanyeri shared pictures of the actress on his social media handles and wrote: “This is painful and so sad. May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace. This is a great loss to the industry.”

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