Veteran actor Jab Adu dies at 83


A veteran thespian, Joseph Abiodun Babatunde, popularly known as ‘Jab Adu’, is dead.

He died on Sunday at the age of 83 at his home town, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Mr. Babatunde, was also known as “Bassey Okon” in the “Village Headmaster”, an NTA drama soap that was created by late Ambassador Segun Olusola in the mid-1960s.

Mr. Babatunde was born in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

He attended Baptist Academy, Lagos and St.Gregory’s College, Obalende in Lagos.

He continued his education in the UK. He studied Banking and Finance at the Westminister City College, London, where he graduated as an Associate of the Institute of Bankers (AIB).

Mr. Babatunde also enrolled for training in drama at Morley College of Drama, South London.

He produced and acted in most of his films like “Adio Family”, ” Bisi, Daughter of the River” 1977, ” Turning Wheel”, “Cool Red’’ and“Countdown at Kusini’’, among others.

Reacting to Mr. Babatunde’s death, Emmanuel Adejumo, a thespian and a musician, told NAN that it was a sad development.

“Its so sad that veterans are dying and we have not tapped from their resources enough.

“Adu contributed immensely to the growth of the theatre industry in the country.

“He played his part in the world; the film and the theatre industry will miss him.

“He has gone to meet his ancestors,” he said.

Another thespian, Tayo Oluwasogba, said: “a great hero has fallen”.

“He was one of my mentors in the theatre; he interpreted his roles well in his plays.

“May his gentle sole rest in peace as he continues to live on in the minds of his admirers and fans,” he said. (NAN)


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  • Watch man

    Here goes one of the best actors in Nigeria. Jab was a good actor in the mould of Segun Olusola, Lomaji Ugorji and Sadiq Daba. These are the veterans and it is unfortunate that the unprincipled and characterless so-called Nollywood children failed to learn from them. I hope we shall have their replacement in time to come.

  • MI

    An excellent character in all of his acts with strong command of the English language. Thank you and may your soul be blessed and God grant you an eternal rest in his bosom. Amen.

  • JasV

    This to me along with Ambassador Olusola and Greengory are the founding fathers of today’s Nollywood. I mourn your depature. May your soul find eternal rest in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Jesus name. Amen.

  • PolyGon2013

    He was fantastic! May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  • dave jacob

    As a growing child in the 70s through the 80s, JAB ADU and others, many of whom are gone, made us happy and kept our blood pressures, which were low then though, gladly stable. We of that growing era will surely miss you. JAB ADU, REST IN PERFECT PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1