Veteran Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi, who was a stand-in character for Papa Ajasco in the popular 1996 Sitcom is dead.
Meanwhile, Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Abiodun Ayoyinka, also known as Papa Ajasco, has debunked reports claiming he is dead. Richard Ayoyinka is the first known as Papa Ajasco.
The confusion has it that Femi Ogunrombi’s demise has been announced with some pictures of Richard Ayoyinka in many tabloid.
The clarification became necessary after Femi Ogunrombi who took over the role from him in 2006 died on Saturday evening
Dr Shaibu Husseini, a theatre practitioner, journalist and lecturer announced the death of the veteran, on his Twitter page Sunday.
“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’ Femi Ogunrombi is DEAD,” he tweeted.
Mayowa Adenekan, a Digital Journalist and Talent Manager while also sharing the news on the social media said that the late actor was a the stand-in actor when the first Papa Ajasco character pulled out.
“Veteran actor Femi Ogunrombi AKA Papa Ajasco is dead. I see a lot of people using images of the first papa Ajasco Mr Abiodun Ayoyinka, but the one that died is Mr Femi Ogunrombi, the one that took over the character when Mr Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show. May his soul RIP,” he said.
Ogunrombi, a multi instrumentalist, Music Teacher, Composer, Actor, Producer and Director of Music/Film studied music and drama at Obafemi Awolowo University in the early
He founded and conducted a choral group called The Ayoro Voices. This group was the cultural image of OAU between 1980 and 1983 respectively.
In 1994, Ogunrombi joined the National Troupe of Nigeria as Music Instructor. By 1998, he rose to the position of Director of Music. He inaugurated and conducted the National Choir and In 1998, he left the government to pursue his own music business.
In 2006, Ogunrombi joined the popular TV comedy programme as Papa Ajasco. Papa Ajasco and Company was created by Wale Adenuga Productions. Ogunrombi at the same time became the Coordinator of Studies for Adenuga’s PEFTI film Institute