Monday, July 23, 2012

Wole Soyinka Loses Prominent Actor Gogo Ombo Gogo

Prof. Wole Soyinka always trusted the reliability of Gogo Ombo Gogo in casting actors for his plays in Nigeria and abroad.

Gogo Ombo Gogo, one of the most reliable actors of the famous Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has been reported dead yesterday after illness in Lagos just a week after Soyinka celebrated his 78th birthday.

Gogo played major roles in Soyinka’s Beatification of an Area Boy and King Baabu by NÀWÁO Produktion Zürich.

Gogo standing behind another actor on stage.

Gogo played a major role in Soyinka's classic satire King Baabu and other plays.

Gogo whilst working abroad.

Gogo on stage in King Babu.

Gogo was in Daniel O. Fagunwa's Ireke Onibudo: The Fabulous Adventures Of A Sugarcane Man of the Chams Theatre Series.

The veteran actor from Nembe in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria also played prominent roles in Daniel O. Fagunwa's Ireke Onibudo: The Fabulous Adventures Of A Sugarcane Man of the annual Chams Theatre Series, and Gogo Ombo Gogo was “Are Agoro Ajayi” in Kurunmi the classic play of the late Prof. Ola Rotimi directed by Ben Tomoloju, leading Nigerian theater director and veteran journalist between December 22, 2009 and January 1, 2010 at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos and he was in Odia Ofeimun’s A Feast of Return directed by Felix Okolo in 2011.

Gogo featured in several Nigerian movies like Tunde Kelani’s Ti Oluwa Nile and Dwelling in Bondage.

He was a leading member of our Puppet Drama Troupe from 1980 - 1984 when we produced the Puppet Drama for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 10 before the emergence of Nollywood.

Gogo Ombo Gogo will be remembered as one of the most accomplished actors in Nigerian theatre and movies.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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