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Ace Broadcaster Faleti Is Dead


Born on December 26, 1930, he died on Sunday morning. He was aged 86. His death was confirmed by Mr. Niji Akanni, convener of Ibadan Film Circle. Faleti, a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), Ibadan wrote and acted in any films such as Thunderbolt: Magun (2001), Afonja (1 & 2) (2002), Basorun Gaa (2004), and Sawo-Segeri (2005). He was also poet and Yoruba translator.

He translated Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba and also translated speeches being made by military president of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.
Faleti, a recipient of many awards, including the Order of the Niger (OON), the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts, has published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names.

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