Nigerian comic actor Babatunde Omidina, better known as Baba Suwe has passed on. A video of the confirmation of death was posted by one of his children on Instagram.
“This is to announce the sudden death of my father Mr. Babatunde Omidina, the legend and rare gem ‘Baba Suwe’ 11/22/21,”.
The actor battled with his health and was admitted on several occasions due to diabetes and high blood pressure. He received donations from many actors, including TAMPAN, after which he traveled for treatment abroad.
The actor was born on August 22, 1958, Baba Suwe gained mainstream recognition after he was featured in the movie ‘Omolasan’.
His fame grew following his feature in ‘Iru Esin’. The Lagos State indigene started acting in 1971 and has featured and produced several Nigerian movies.
In 2011, he was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) but the allegation was dismissed by a Lagos High Court. The actor had said in interviews that the experience crippled his health. In 2019, Baba Suwe through the generosity of friends was flown to the United States for the treatment of diabetes.
Here are the reactions on social media:
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) November 22, 2021
Like millions of fellow citizens, I received with sadness the news of the passing of the Nigerian star actor, Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe. He brought smiles on the faces of Nigerians and will be sorely missed. May God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss. RIP. pic.twitter.com/2yqvBmDOKp
— Kingsley Moghalu (@MoghaluKingsley) November 22, 2021
Woli Arole went round states, looking for Nollywood legends & he honored Babasuwe while alive despite health challenges.
I won’t say he was neglected but we can take care of them while still alive.
RIP Legend of comedy!
— POOJA… (@PoojaMedia) November 22, 2021
Baba Suwe! Legend Forever! May Your soul rest in perfect peace. 🤍
— DeboMacaroni (@mrmacaronii) November 22, 2021
The problem with the Davido charity donation, is the same problem with Baba Suwe dying, and with a million other things.
Raising money is only half the problem, if not the minor issue.
Accurately deploying money where it can efficiently do the maximum good is the real problem.
— SB 🌕 (@sugabelly) November 22, 2021
See this Nigerian eh nah eye service go finish us I swear see Baba suwe laying down fighting for his life no Nollywood actor /actress could donate and help the dieing man 💔but davido posted account number all of show Good Samaritan they send 1 million naira each 💔RIP Baba suwe pic.twitter.com/4c0KfVHWgP
— BigDJ golden …. (@djgolden258) November 22, 2021
Thanks for the memories. Rest in Peace, Baba Suwe 💔🕊️ pic.twitter.com/z4ldhyJ2VW
— ältē 🎋🇳🇬 (@NewtVicky) November 22, 2021
Such devastating news. Rest In Peace Baba Suwe. Thank you for the memories. Forever a legend. 😪💔😭
— ✨👑 DaddyMO👑✨🏁 (@therealdaddymo1) November 22, 2021