Veteran nollywood and comic actor, Babatunde Omidina (Baba Suwe) has passed on. The news of his demise was first disclosed by his son, Adesola Omidina before being confirmed by the president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Bolaji Amusan (Mr Latin).
According to Mr Latin, “It has been confirmed that Baba Suwe is dead. I just got off the phone with his son who confirmed that the actor is dead. I don’t have many details about his death.”
Baba Suwe was born on August 22, 1958, attended Jamaitul Islamial Primary School in Lagos and obtained the West African School Certificate from Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, southwestern Nigeria.
Omidina began acting in 1971 but came into the limelight after he featured in a movie titled, Omolasan, a film produced by Obalende. He became more popular after he featured in Iru Esin, produced by Olaiya Igwe in 1997. He had featured and produced several Nigerian movies.
In 2011, he was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), an allegation that was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of the Lagos State High Court. His solicitor was the late Bamidele Aturu, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist.