Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has described the death of Usman Baba Patigi, popularly known as Samanja, as the end of a great era in the Nigerian comedy industry, especially in the northern region of the country.
This is contained in a statement issued by the governor’s chief press secretary Rafiu Ajakaye on Sunday in Ilorin.
Samanja, a retired Nigerian Army personnel, actor and broadcaster who captivated Nigerians with his unique talent in Hausa comedy in the 80s, died on Sunday in Kaduna at the age of 81.
“The Governor said Samanja, 81, who was a Prince of Patigi, headquarter of Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara, will be remembered as a pathfinder in what has become known as the Kannywood in the Nigerian movie industry.
“He was a colossus who bestrode the entertainment industry for decades. He will be missed for his great impact while his legacies live on.
“The Governor sends his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of Samanja, the people of Patigi and the royal family, as well as millions of his fans, old and young, across the country, particularly Northern Nigeria.
“Gov. AbdulRazaq prays Allah to ease the account of the late actor and admit him into al-jannah Firdaus,” the statement by Mr Ajakaye said.
The governor also prayed Allah to look after the family of Samanja and comfort everyone who mourns him.