Popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, who is renowned for his comic roles, has refuted a fifth death rumour currently being peddled in a new Instagram video.
Obviously upset about the speculation which he described as malicious, the 38-year-old film star resorted to cursing those behind the rumour in a funny manner.
He started the video, which was recorded in Yoruba language, by saying that he has been seeing the rumours of his death circulating on social media and has no idea why anyone will want to wish him dead. He then made some declarations – which he calls prayers – for those that wish his dead.
He captioned the video, “I am so surprised to hear it again that I am dead. This will be the fifth time and it is becoming unbearable. It has gotten to that level in which I have to voice out. Eyin temi, ni agbara Olorun, ao ni foju sunkun ara wa ooooo (My people, by the grace of God, we will not mourn ourselves).
He also added that sometimes the rumour peddlers go as far as putting the corpse of someone else side by side his picture and circulate if for whatever reason. He then added that death will visit anyone that wishes him dead. “By Gods grace I declare death and darkness into the lives of those that wish me death over and over. I am not angry but just making declarations to those that have been circulating rumours of my death.”
In Novermber 2015, Social media platforms were awash with the rumour of his death with his fans and lovers of Yoruba movies making enquiries to confirm the rumour.
Debunking the tales at the time, the actor described as surprising the rumour that armed robbers stormed his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State and killed him.
In the past, another popular Nollywood Yoruba actor, Bolaji Amusan, otherwise called Mr. Latin, who is also based in Abeokuta, was rumoured dead.
Arguably the current most poular Yoruba movie actor, Odunlade began acting in 1996, the same year he joined the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts practitioners. He was under the tutelage of the late Nollywood actor and producer Isola Durojaiye (also known as Alasari). He has starred, scripted, produced and directed over a 100 movies. In December 2015, He marked his entrance into the Nigerian music industry.