I am still in a shock at this.Only last week was i discussing with someone that i had not seen Arakangudu movies in a long while.I did not know his name,but i knew so many of his films,needless to say ,my friend had no idea whom i was talking about.I saw news of his death yesterday,but the picture they used of him in white,did not look nothing like him,and even though irecognized the name,i was not able to place a face to it.This morning i saw his familiar picture and i am devastated! So sad,apparently the late actor was in the middle of shooting a movie.We have lost so many actors in Nollywood to death,especially in the Yoruba sector,Alaran,Ajagajigi,Ireti Bimbo Adekola,Lukuluku,Ayo Ogunmola,and so many more i can't recollect now.
The Yoruba actor, Sikiru Adesina, popularly called Arakangudu,reportedly died in the early hours of Tuesday, in Kaduna,and will be buried on Wednesday (today) in his hometown, Osogbo, Osun State.
The news of his death has provoked emotions online, with some of his fans paying glowing tributes to him.
Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone from his base in Ekiti State, veteran thespian, Chief Jimoh Aliu, said those with the late actor broke the news of his death to him on Tuesday morning.
He said, “I was called by those who were with him. They told me that he died after making a noise from his sleep. They told me he died early this morning.”
|Late actor Sikiru Adesina Arakangudu.|
Our correspondent learnt that the deceased, who shuttled between his base in Osogbo and Kaduna State, was shooting a movie before the unfortunate incident.
Another celebrated actor, Jide Kosoko, said some theatre practitioners in Osun State called to tell him that Arakangudu died on Tuesday.
He also said his remains would be brought to Osogbo on Tuesday night as preparations had been concluded for his burial today (Wednesday).
Kosoko said, “It was a long time I saw him before this incident. He played his part and contributed to the Nigerian theatre industry.”
On his part, popular comedian, Bolaji Amusan, a.k.a Mr. Latin, told our correspondent that an actress, Toyin Adegbola, popularly called Asewo to re Mecca, called him at 5am on Tuesday to break the news to him.
Amusan added that the deceased would have been buried immediately according to Islamic rites but for the fact that his remains would arrive Osogbo late Tuesday night from Kaduna where he resided till his death.
He stated, “He was a talented actor and a wonderful person. Like him, I belong to Osun Arts Council since I am from Osun State. He spoke Hausa fluently because he lived in the North. I am in touch with Toyin and Antar Laniyan to monitor the movement of the remains of Arakangudu to Osogbo from Kaduna.
“He would have been buried immediately but for the 10-hour journey of moving his corpse by road. He would be buried 10am on Wednesday (today).”
The PUNCH gathered from a reliable source that Arakangudu died after an asthmatic attack.