Veteran Nollywood actor, Olumide Bakare famous for his role as ‘Chief Koko’ in the now rested popular TV series, ‘Koko Close’ enjoyed by Mainlanders and other movie lovers from across the world is dead.
The thespian who is known for his distinct voice and amazing delivery on screen passed away after a long battle with heart and lung related illness.
Olumide Bakare who had been bed-ridden for over a year passed on in the early hours of today, Saturday, April 22, 2017, on his way to the hospital. His demise was announced by his personal assistant.
His passing was also confirmed in a statement released by Mufu Onifade, former president of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).
Onifade state that “he had a successful surgery and after the surgery, he talked to people and told them he was fine. But two hours later, he passed on. It is very painful because I had actually been wishing him a quick recovery.”
He continued that “Olumide Bakare is someone who was a hundred percent committed to the theatre profession. He started on stage and then from there, went on TV, did radio and then film which was where he settled.
“Of course he became much more popular for his stint of TV in Oluwa Langbe Lodge. That was what brought him to limelight. You can’t fault him as a professional. He is someone who was very discipline. I see him as the last of the second generation of actors in Nigeria.”
You would recall that Olumide Bakare was rushed to the emergency unit of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where he was placed on intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest in 2016.