Alagba Adebayo Faleti, renowned Yoruba translator, broadcaster, TV exponent, pioneer of WNTV, first television station in Africa, who has produced Yoruba folklore full length plays. An actor and playwright in the genre of Duro Ladipo, Herbert Ogunde, featured in several landmark Yoruba plays and a great lover of Yoruba culture.Faleti translated Nigeria’s national anthem from English to Yoruba, also speeches of military President Ibrahim Babangida and chief Ernest Shonekan, head of the National Interim Government. He has a number of unpublished Yoruba works, published a dictionary of the pronouncement of Yoruba names.An accomplished and renowned poet, playwright, producer, broadcaster and actor, Faleti had started writing poems in earnest and they include Ijamba Odo Oba, Alagbara Ile ati Alagbara Oko and Adebimpe Ojedokun and more so.
Octogenarian Chief Adebayo Faleti was born on December 26, 1930 at Agbooye, Oyo and lived in Obananko, Kuranga near Oyo, among others places between 1930 and 1939.
He then moved to Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (WNBS-WNTV) at its inception in 1959 and was there until the corporation was split after the creation of Ogun, Ondo and Oyo states out of the old Western State, in 1976.
He founded the first operatic (acting) group in Oyo, having written and published poems and he won the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin in 1955.
In recent times, the “poet among poets” has featured in many epic Yoruba movies, including Saworo Ide and Agogo Eewo Ite oba, and many more.
He retired as the General Manager of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) a.k.a. Radio OYO, Ibadan. Faleti, who was encouraged by the then producer of Mo Kagoo (I offer greetings), the late Oladejo Okediji, was a pioneer teacher at Ife Odan near Ejigbo, a produce inspector and also practiced as a sign writer when his father, Akanbi Faleti, returned him to Oyo as at 1949.
many people didn’t know why Adebayo Faleti wears his Fila (cap) the way he does.The 73 year old actor and culture icon reveled the secret behind his unusual style!