Jimoh Aliu, an ace actor better known as Aworo, has passed on at 86.
The theatre practitioner breathed his last on Thursday after suffering a brief illness. He died at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
Foluke Daramola-Salako, a movie star, took to her Instagram page to confirm the tragic news.
“We have lost another veteran again o. Baba aworo is dead,” she wrote.
“We thank God that he was one of the old veterans we celebrated last year, but for covid we haven’t been able to do much this year, but we thank God when baba was alive we did our little quota, may God grant him eternal peace in Jesus name.”
It is understood that the body of the late theatre maestro would be moved to his residence at Adebayo area in Ado-Ekiti before being taken to his hometown where he would be laid to rest.
Born in Okemesi Ekiti in Ekiti west local government area of the state, the playwright and dramatist began acting in 1959 when the late Akin Ogungbe visited his hometown.
The same year, he joined the Akin Ogungbe theatre group where he gained significant experience in drama before leaving the group in 1966 to form Jimoh Aliu Concert Party, his own troupe, in Ikare, Ondo.
The late film producer and actor featured in a number of Yoruba movies including ‘Yanpan Yarin’, ‘Arelu’ and ‘Fopomoyo’.
Aliu, who had a stint with the army between 1967 and 1975, was a former president of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners .