The Nigerian entertainment industry was again thrown into mourning when talented and popular actor, Olumide Bakare, passed on in the early hours of Saturday.
According to reports, the 65-year-old thespian died on his way to the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State, after his health suddenly took a turn for the worse. It will be recalled that the veteran actor had been ill for some time with lung and heart disease.
He said, “It is very saddening. I know that death is inevitable and everybody would go someday. The most unfortunate thing about his death is that he did not reap the fruits of his labour. He never enjoyed the dividends of stardom. What is the essence of being very popular without having money to take care of himself? He spent his life entertaining people and making them happy and I’m sad that his life ended that way.
“He was a member of tampan and we would try to work out some things to immortalise him so that people wouldn’t forget him easily because he wmade a lot of contributions to the industry.”
In a similar vein, ace role-interpreter, Kareem Adepoju, aka Baba Wande, expressed shock at Bakare’s death.
“I was very saddened when I heard the news of his death because he was a young man. I heard that he was sick and had recovered so I was shocked to learn that he was dead.
“He was a very good person and we worked together several times during his lifetime. He was a very jovial and humorous person who was committed to his job. We still worked together recently and he doesn’t like bothering people whenever he was on location,”
1. He was born on November 26, 1953
2. He believed strongly that his relationship with God did not have anything to do with his habits. That God only care about the heart.
He once told Encomium Magazine in an interview: “God doesn’t care about habit but your heart. How clean is your heart to God and people around you? How do you sail across the ocean of your life and all that? All these are what God cares about. It is not about whether you smoke or drink. Even those who don’t smoke and drink, worse things happen to them. I am a very straight forward person I have been in all these habits for about 45 years and I want to tell you, no shaking.”
3. After indulging himself for 30 years since 1968, The father of three children from two women stopped smoking Indian Hemp in 1998.
4. He began his full time acting career from Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) as Chief Koko, in the popular sitcom, Koko Close.
5. He died from a disease diagnosed as Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm and Pulmonary Embolism.