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Nollywood Mourns Passing Of Veteran Actor Olofa Ina



Nollywood Mourns Passing Of Veteran Actor Olofa Ina

The Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, is mourning the loss of one of its seasoned veterans, Chief Adedeji Aderemi, popularly known as Olofa Ina, News About Nigeria reports.

The news of his demise was confirmed by actor Saidi Balogun in a heartfelt post on Instagram.

Balogun shared a photo of the late actor and wrote, “Goodnight legend Chief Deji Akinremi (Olofa Ina) RIP.”

Chief Adedeji Aderemi, also known as the Sobaloju of Edeland, passed away at the age of 73.

The veteran actor was a prominent figure in contemporary Yoruba theatre and film, known for his distinctive delivery infused with rich Yoruba proverbs and idioms.

Born on May 15, 1950, into the family of Chief AbdulSalam Aderemi and Madam Aisha Aderemi of Jagun-Olukosi compound in Ede, Osun State, Chief Aderemi’s career spanned several decades.

His primary education was at St. Peters Anglican Primary School, followed by Baptist Secondary Modern School, Ode-Omu.

He later pursued vocational training in carpentry and joinery at Olukorede Furniture Industry.

Chief Aderemi made significant contributions to the Nigerian theatre scene.

In 1972, he established the Olofa Ina Theatre Group, collaborating with other notable figures like Erinfolamin, Dasofunjo, Gbolagade Akinpelu, and the late Oyetunji of Esinnla compound, Ede.

Under the tutelage of the late Oyetunji, Chief Aderemi received his theatre training.

The Olofa Ina Theatre Group achieved noteworthy milestones in the industry, pioneering the staging of epic histories depicting Yoruba warlords from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Their productions included Basorun Ogunmola, Balogun Ibikunle, Ogedengbe Agbogungboro of Ilesha, Aare Kurunmi of Ijaye, Kakanfo Afonja, among others.

The entire Nollywood community and fans extend their condolences to the family and loved ones of the late actor.