By Olufunke Elushakin, Lagos
All Progressives Congress (APC) National leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has described the late Chief Adebayo Faleti as a vanguard of the promotion of Yoruba language.
Tinubu in a condolence message in Lagos on Friday also described him as a man of many parts, an icon in the academic, literary and cultural worlds.
Saying that the country would miss Faleti dearly, Tinubu said the intellectual did exceedingly well in the propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba.
Chief Faleti passed on in his house on Sunday, July 23, at the age of 86.
‘‘I learnt of the death of Chief Adebayo Faleti while I was out of the country. I was deeply saddened by his passing on, though at an advanced age. Baba Faleti was a true Yoruba man and an illustrious son of Nigeria. He recorded many giant strides.
‘‘He was a man of many parts – poet, actor, author, broadcaster, writer and translator – and in each of these areas he excelled. Chief Faleti was a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, the Western Nigeria Television.
‘‘Many would also remember him as the one who translated the Nigerian National Anthem, as well as many other major speeches, from English to Yoruba.
‘‘What Alagba Faleti did in the cultural field is no less remarkable. He was in the vanguard of the promotion of Yoruba language and propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba,’’ he said.
Tinubu said he developed a close relationship with late Faleti since he was governor of Lagos State and partnered with him in the production of some of his trophy creative works.
‘‘I commiserate with members of his immediate family; I commiserate with the people of Oyo State, South-west and Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace,’’ Tinubu said