By Glam & Essence
The Nigerian film industry has lost one of their own, veteran Yoruba actor, 60 -year-old Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi.
Thecnews of her death was announced by the President of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) ,Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr. Latin.
Mr. Latin disclosed that Folake Aremu died on Tuesday night,but was silent on the cause of death.
Born on October 10, 1960, in Ilu Ola, Kwara state,Folake Aremu attended Ilu Ola Primary School and Secondary Commercial College.
She was discovered by veteran actor, Chief Jimoh Aliu (Aworo),who was her ex-husband in the 80s while she was working as a teacher in Kwara state.
He had first noticed her and soon expressed his interest in her.
After visiting him on set, Orisabunmi decided to try a role in a movie he was producing. He found that she was gifted in acting and decided to officially add her to the play.
That was the beginning of her acting career.
She featured in mostly movies produced by Aworo.
She first appeared on a stage play called ‘Ori Ma Binu’ ,but it was her role as ‘Orisabunmi’ in “Arelu” that made her a popular name in Nollywood in the 80s.
She was trained by Chief Jimoh Aliu ,but her ability to speak incantations is attributed to her upbringing.
She later married Chief Jimoh six years after she began her acting career, but they are now divorced.
Orisabunmi was a part of the movie industry for 42 years,having played some iconic roles like ‘Asabi’ in “Oluwerimagboojo”, and the priestess in “Ayanmo Eda”.
In more recent times, she played the role of ‘Eyegbemi’, a witch who tries to help her friend out of poverty in “Iya Alakara”.
Folake Aremu has also produced her own movies such as, “Atupa Imole”, “Ase Ilu”, and “Tani O”.