Papa Ajasco is dead: Veteran Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi has reportedly passed on.
His death was confirmed by a theatre practitioner, Husseini Shaibu, via his Twitter handle on Sunday.
He wrote, “I have just been reliably informed that the ethnomusicologist, former Music Instructor with #NATIONALTROUPE and one time stand in for the ‘Papa Ajasco’ character on the popular #waleadenugaprod comic series ‘Papa Ajasco’ Mr. Femi Ogunrombi is dead.
“I am told that the actor, singer, highlifist and trained nurse whom we fondly called ‘Uncle Ogurombo’ (not to his hearing though) passed on this evening (Saturday)”
Ogunrombi was popular for his role in Wale Adenuga’s Comedy series, Papa Ajasco.
Ogunrombi took over the character, Papa Ajasco, when the former character, Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show.
Femi Ogunrombi was the face of Papa Ajasco, a TV family comedy. An ethnic-musicologist with tutelage from masters like Dr. Ademola Adegbite and Pa Christopher Oyesiku, he has made his mark in creative activities in drama and music, spanning over 25 years.
The late Papa Ajasco was a recipient of many local and international awards, most notably in 1995 when he was awarded a gold plaque and a Diploma Certificate in Creative Composition in North Korea for performing a song in that language.
Before his death, the late Papa Ajasco actor was also the Founder and Director of the famous Ayoro Voices, a performing choral group at the University of Ife.