Veteran actor Moses Olaiya, A.K.A. Baba Sala has reached out to the public for help amidst health crises. Punch reports that the the actor who spoke with difficulty at a briefing held on his biography for presentation on December 4 siad, “I need help. Nigerians should help me. I am not dead yet, they should not let me die suffering.”
Though the ace comedian is 80 years old, his family posits that he isn’t suffering from old age, rather, from lack of funds to get adequate treatment.
According to the actor’s first son, Reverend Dele Adejumo, Baba Sala’s investments have been wrecked by poor management. Adejumo listed Awada Spot in Ibadan; Alawada Standard Hotel, Ilesha; Alawada Records, Ibadan; and Ibukun Alawada Photo magazine among Baba Sala’s investments.
“He has investments but they have all been wrecked by mismanagement. He also had a three-storey building in Mushin, Lagos which he had to sell to offset debt incurred when his work, Orun Mooru, was pirated.
“We still have some of his recorded works not in public yet but machines that will be used to transform them to an acceptable format are not easily available. We do not have the kind of money they are charging us.
“We have been told that baba needs a lot of money for medical treatment abroad. He is suffering from a stroke and other ailments. There are many people of his age who are not like this. We are trying our best as family members. We take him to the teaching hospital weekly but he needs proper medical attention.”
The book, ‘The Triumph of Destiny,’,which was co-authored by Babatunde Akinola, Collins Oyedokun, and Kunle Ajani, will be presented in Lagos.
“The book chronicles the pride of place that Baba Sala acquired for himself in the Nigerian theatre industry as the first comedian and consummate entertainer. It captures the antecedents and essence of the creative energies of a comical trailblazer,” Collins said.