A veteran Yoruba actor, Olaniyi Raji, better known as Baba Atoli, has died.
Baba Atoli died on Thursday after battling an undisclosed ailment for more than a year.
Ropo Ewenla, a member of the Ibadan Film Circle (IFC), a group to which the late filmmaker belonged, confirmed the news of his death in a statement on Thursday.
Foluke Daramola, an actress, also confirmed the death of the Nigerian ace actor in an Instagram post.
Ms Daramole shared a photo of the late actor with the caption: “Sad we lost baba Atoli. It’s a shame.”
Additionally, fans, friends, and family of the late actor took to social media to mourn him.
Baba Ali was a cast member of ‘The village manager’ and he was also the author of a crime fiction titled ‘The Charmed Lock’.
Resurrected and repackaged the the longest running Yoruba TV show, ‘FEYIKOGBON.’
Her film credits include: Give and Take, Destiny, Hostess, Ọmọge (damsel), Pardonable, Unforgivable, and Happy Homes (a drama series that once aired on DSTV, among others.
In March, the actor asked his colleagues and fans for financial support after an illness in a video posted on YouTube.
Ms. Daramola also posted videos requesting financial help for the ailing actor.
In one of the videos, Raji, his wife, also chronicled the actor’s year-long battle with an undisclosed illness.
“This illness started in May 2021. We thought it was something minor when it started, so we took him to a hospital, where he spent four days. After that, we brought him home in the hope that he has fully recovered,” he said.
“However, a few days later, we noticed that his condition worsened. It was at that time that people recommended that he be taken to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Abeokuta, which we did.
At FMC Abeokuta, they did several tests and we spent a lot of money. But a few days before his surgery, the hospital went on strike. We initially thought the strike would be called off after a few days, but it dragged on. We eventually did the surgery and took him home.
“The disease, however, resurfaced again. We need the support of Nigerians to make sure he doesn’t die. I don’t want to be a widow.”
Baba Atoli died days after his colleague, another veteran, Yinka Ogundaisi, died.