Veteran Actor and Producer, Baba Olofa Ina, Passes Away at 73
In a somber moment for Nollywood, the industry mourns the loss of veteran actor and producer, Chief Adedeji Aderemi, popularly known as Baba Olofa Ina. The 73-year-old icon, who held the title of Sobaloju of Edeland, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2024, in his hometown of Ede.
Baba Olofa Ina, also recognized as Baba Olowe, left an indelible mark on contemporary Yoruba theatre. In 1972, he co-founded the Olofa Ina Theatre Group alongside prominent figures like Erinfolamin, Dasofunjo, Gbolagade Akinpelu, and the late Oyetunji of Esinnla compound, Ede. Under the guidance of the late Oyetunji, he received theatrical training.
The Olofa Ina Theatre Group played a pivotal role in the Yoruba Theatre Industry, notably staging epic histories portraying Yoruba Warlords from the 18th and 19th centuries. These productions, showcasing stories of historical figures like Basorun Ogunmola, Balogun Ibikunle, Ogedengbe Agbogungboro of Ilesha, Aare Kurunmi of Ijaye, and Kakanfo Afonja, contributed to the rich cultural tapestry of Nigerian theatre.
Baba Olofa Ina’s legacy lives on through his significant contributions to the arts, leaving an enduring impact on the Yoruba theatrical landscape. The news of his passing has elicited heartfelt tributes and condolences from colleagues, fans, and the wider Nollywood community.