Babatunde Omidina popularly known as Baba Suwe is dead. The breaking news of the ace TV comedian,movie actor was confirmed by his son Adesola Omidina. The cause of his death is not made known yet but it has a lot to do with the aftermath of his predicament with Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agencies some years ago.
Baba Suwe biography shows that his rising profile started almost immediately he joined acting in 1972.
The comedian was born in 1958 at Inabere Street, Lagos Island. He was 63 years before his passing. He was a native of Ikorodu. He also lived there for many years.
He married his late wife, Omoladun in 1995.
Baba Suwe is one of the most popular comic in Yoruba Movies. He is a forerunner to many in the industry including, Baba Ijesha, Mr Latin,Odunlade Adekola and others.
GISTMASTER gathered Baba Suwe health issues aggravated and his career nose dived after he was arrested on his way to France by NDLEA officers on suspicion of Drug Trafficking. He had travelled to France before embarking on another one.
Effort to get Baba Suwe to excrete drug pellets yielded no result as nothing was eventually found on him. Babs Omidina was subjected to several painful process but nothing came out of it. He later sure NDLEA for damages to his reputation and health condition. Lawyer to the comedian, Babadele Aturu, a human rights lawyer (now late), took the drug law enforcement agency to court and he was awarded N25 Million in Damages. He was not paid a dime till his death today November 22, 2021.
The comedian complained bitterly about general abandonment by colleagues in the Yoruba industry, socialities and even politicians that he used to praise in his movies or stage performance. He was close to the former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before his drug story.
Baba Suwe praised Tinubu in almost all his movies, using his sobriquet Asiwaju Jagaban to tell anyone who cares that he was his benefactor. Most people stopped associating with him because they don’t want to be tinted as having anything to do with drug trafficking.
Yomi Fabiyi, who trained under Baba Suwe is exceptional in this regard. He has rendered help and also called others in the acting industry to reach out and support Baba Suwe.