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Colleagues eulogise Arakangudu

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The sudden death on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, of veteran Yoruba actor, Sikiru Adeshina, popularly known as Arakangudu has thrown his colleagues into mourning. The actor died in the early hours of Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in Kaduna after he suffered a heart attack. His remains were buried in his home town in Osun state.

Arakangudu was famous for his roles as a herbalist and armed robber in most Yoruba movies before his sudden disappearance to where nobody could figure out his whereabouts.

ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke to some of his friends and colleagues as they paid their last respect to the late star.

 

‘He was a noble person’ – Yemi Solade

1-yemi soladeHow did you meet him?

Arakangudu was my colleague but it is funny to me that he is dead and buried. It was a real shock when I was told he died some days back. I met him in the field when I chose to start shooting Yoruba films and I worked with him. He was a very creative man and he had a very good heart.

For how long did you know him?

He used to be in Lagos. I saw a lot of him then and subsequently he moved out and I really lost touch with him. I guess that was when his health began to deteriorate but my fondest memory of him as a producer was in 2003. I featured with him, it was a movie.

What kind of person was he?

He was a noble person. He had a large heart. He was a very gentle person and a consummate artiste. He acted, directed and sang. He came out with a fuji album. He was a very creative man who wanted to make a statement with his works and that he lived and died doing.

What will you miss about him?

His creativity, his output. Most times he was always smiling. He made a fashion statement too. He had a way he went about social life. I’m going to miss the fact that a talent had fallen. He had a style. He was unique in his own way.

He was Shina the only Adeshina and only Arakangudu. We will continue to miss all of what he represented.

 

‘He was a hard working person and very jovial’ – Biola Adebayo

Biola Adebayo 1-Fullscreen capture 2182016 114005 AMWhat will you miss about Arakangudu?

He used to be a prominent producer. He was loved by many. Why will we not miss him? Even if you don’t know him at all but the fact that a colleague just passed away is enough to miss him.

How did you meet him?

I met him on a set some years ago. I worked with him a couple of times.

How long did you know him?

Like 13 to 14 years or there about.

What kind of person was he?

He was a hardworking person, very jovial and friendly. He was an interesting man even though I never saw him in years. He was very welcoming, even to the up and coming thespians.

What will you miss about Arakangudu?

He used to be a prominent producer. He was loved by many. Why will we not miss him? Even if you don’t know him at all but the fact that a colleague just passed away is enough to miss him.

 

‘He was dedicated to his profession’ – Jide Kosoko

Jide Kosoko

Jide Kosoko

How did you meet Arakangudu?

I knew him for a very long time, he was in the industry for quite a long time too. He contributed his quota to the development of the movie industry. But the truth is he was a very hard working actor and producer. I did not know when he travelled to Kaduna but I got to know that he was sick sometime but got well and was doing well at Kaduna before he died.

For how long did you know you?

I cannot say precisely but I can tell you it is over 20 years.

What will you miss about him?

Like I said, he contributed his quota. He was a workaholic. He was dedicated to his profession.

What kind of person would you describe him as?

He was a workaholic. When I heard about his death, I was confused. He was an actor, a movie producer, he did quite a lot of movies and I believe he was one of those that contributed to the growth of the industry.

-GLORY OSIGWE

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