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RIP Olumide Bakare: Life & Works Of Late Veteran Nollywood Actor

Bakare will be fondly remembered for his voice and command of words

Veteran Nollywood actor, Olumide Bakare reportedly died earlier today Saturday, April 22, 2017, after battling a heart and lung sickness which kept him bedridden at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

The late Bakare lying on his sick bed.
The late Bakare lying on his sick bed.

News of his death was confirmed by his P.A as well as actors, Saheed Balogun and Dele Odule.

Until his death, it was gathered that the late actor, who last year made a cry for help to cater for his worsening health,  needed about N30,000 daily for diagnosis after having spent over a million naira on medical expenses to treat his heart and lung ailment.

Bakare, aged 65, reportedly died on his way to the hospital today April 23, 2017.

Olumide Bakare, during his lifetime, was famous for portraying a flamboyant man, a sugar daddy, loving husband, a strict father, a ritualist and several other characters in most of the Nollywood movies he appeared in.

Olumide Bakare
Olumide Bakare

Quite noticeable is his deep-bass-voice which commands attention every time he’s portraying an angry character on screen.

Bakare’s acting career kicked off when he joined the Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners (ANTP) in the year 1998 after officially retiring from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Popularly called Chief Koko, a nickname he got after appearing in the rested TV Series – Koko Close, He acted in Aderounke, a Yoruba movie written and produced by Muyiwa Ademola. He was paid N3,500 for the job.

Asides being a crossover actor, featuring alongside Genevieve Nnaji in Tony Abulus Doctor Bello, the late Bakare also featured in over 100 Yoruba home videos including Ile Olorogun,  Ise Onise, Aye Olorogun, and Iboji.He also appeared in several TV series like Super Story, This Life and Papa Ajasco.

Bakare made his last major acting appearance as Otunba Bamisaye in Tunde Kelani’s Maami – A movie based on the life of a poor single parent trying to make a better life for her son.

May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

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Written by Waliu Fagbemi

Spontaneous Idealist. Lover of God, Loved by God. Sucker for good sound, movies and food.