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Family, Others Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of Ogunsola’s Death

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November 30, (THEWILL) – The family of late legendary actor, Ishola Ogunsola, aka I Sho Pepper, have marked the 30 years anniversary of his demise. Nollywood practitioners, scholars and friends were among the people, who gathered to honour the memory of the late thespian.

The event, which took place at the Wole Soyinka Arts Theatre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, attracted the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines, Dr Yemi Farounbi and notable scholars in the field of arts and theatre practices.

They also launched a foundation in the memory of the deceased to actualise the unaccomplished vision of the theatre expert.

The stakeholders lauded the late actor for his professionalism, passion and exploits in stage and theatre practices, calling on the government to give more attention to the sector because of its potential to reduce unemployment and positively project the country’s image to the world.

The Olubadan, who was represented by High Chief Lekan Alabi, said the roles and impact made by Ogunsola, could not be forgotten 30 years after his demise.

He commended the family and scholars for associating with a man, whose life touched many throughout his career.

He further enjoined the people to always live the kind of life that will attract others to want to associate with their memory when they are long gone.

Farounbi, recounted the many intellectual discussions he had with the deceased while travelling from place to place promoting theatre practice.

He said despite the huge passion, vision and zeal of late Ogunsola, to start what would have been the first film village at the time, the sudden unfavourable economic situation of the country made the dream unrealistic.

One of the wives of the deceased, Madam Felicia Ogunsola, popularly called Efunsetan Aniwura, for her role in the legendary movie, thanked the children, friends and family members for celebrating a man whom she described as an embodiment of wisdom and knowledge.

The Convener, Bola Ogunsola-Akande, described her late father as a multi-talented theatre icon based on his dexterity in almost every art of the theatre.

She added that the late artiste was a brilliant director, a great actor, a superb singer and music composer, an accomplished drummer and a talented dancer.

Awards of recognition and cash were presented to some of the individuals, who co-sojourned in the field of theatre practices with the late icon during his days, and who to date, still remain relevant in the industry.