Mr Latin, Saidi Balogun mourn Osmond Gbadebo

Mr Latin

National president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr Latin, and the president of The Golden Movie Ambassadors Association of Nigeria, Saidi Balogun, have mourned actor and filmmaker Osmond Gbadebo who died at the age of 45.

Osmond’s death was announced on Monday, May 30, by some of his colleagues like Madam Saje, Afeez Owo, Kunle Afod and Zainab Bakare.

Reacting to the tragic loss on Instagram, the president of the rival associations posted Gbadebo’s photos, praying for the deceased.

TGMAAN president Saidi Balogun posted Gbadebo’s photo on Monday, May 30 with the caption, “RIP Osmond Gbadebo”, while TAMPAN president Mr Latin uploaded the burial poster on Wednesday, June 1 with the caption, “May your soul Rest in Peace.”

According to veteran actor Yemi Solade, Osmond battled a terminal ailment for years before he finally died, while actress Zainab Bakare who could not hold back her tears over the sudden demise of her friend and colleague said the actor died in his birth month and two weeks after his daughter’s birth.

Reacting to the tragic loss, in an Instagram post on Tuesday, another actress Regina Chukwu pointed out that waking up to the news of Gbadebo’s demise was the hardest thing she ever had to deal with in recent times.

The mother of two recollected praying for the actor who told her that the worst part was over and she should be thanking God on his behalf.

Gbadebo was famous for movies such as Ewon Ife, Queen Lateefat, Edunjobi and Hired Killer.

The filmmaker will be buried on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Atan Cemetery in Lagos State, while the service of songs will hold on Friday, June 3 at No 57, Mogaji Street, Ijeshatedo Surulere, Lagos.