Veteran Yoruba actress Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, has died.
The 60-year-old died four months after ex-husband Jimoh Aliu, better known as Aworo.
President of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, confirmed she died on Tuesday night in a message seen by Qed.ng on Wednesday morning.
“It is so sad we lost a Priceless Jewel, a very rare gem in the Nigerian film industry, Chief Mrs Folakemi Aremu, aka Orisabunmi, to the cold hands of death last night,” Mr Latin said.
According to the actor, Orisabunmi died at 11 pm after a brief illness.
“Though good people die every day yet not all of them affirm for us the goodness in humanity the way Orisabunmi did.
“She passed away leaving a legacy of positive experiences for anyone who took the time to know her.
“If Oratory is the Masterful Art, the world will surely miss Orisabunmi for her talent. She was an orator who would perfectly chant eloquently with her resounding sonorous voice.
“Iya Oosa, we will surely miss you.
“Burial arrangement will be announced soon,” Mr Latin’s statement added.
“She left without a goodbye. The sudden death of Mrs Folake Aremu (ORISABUNMI) has been announced.
“Really a shock on everyone. Iya Oosa, may God rest your Soul among the righteous,” Ola Yusuff wrote.
Jimoh Aliu and Folake Aremu had a rocky marriage and were separated for two decades before Aworo died in September 2020.
Although they were no longer and wife, they continued working together as professionals and friends.
Speaking in an interview with PUNCH shortly after Aworo’s death, Orisabunmi said: He was a good man; he was a father to me, not a husband. “He was my mentor. After God, he was responsible for my progress.
“I pray to the Lord to accept him. May his good works never be wasted!”