In a solemn turn of events, the Yoruba film industry mourns the loss of one of its iconic figures, veteran actor Deji Akinremi, fondly known as “Olofana.” The actor breathed his last at the age of 73, leaving behind a legacy of artistic brilliance.
Hailing from Ede, Olofana was celebrated for his mastery of the Yoruba language, enriching his performances and endearing him to audiences over the years. As news of his demise broke, the industry and fans alike were left in shock and sorrow.
The exact cause of Akinremi’s death remains undisclosed, adding an air of mystery to the otherwise somber occasion. Colleagues and fans await further details as they grapple with the sudden departure of a thespian whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the Yoruba cinematic landscape.
Olofana’s cinematic journey includes remarkable performances in several iconic productions. He featured prominently in acclaimed films such as “Ija Omode” by Korede Films, “Idaamu Otunba” by Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), “Ewe Orun” by Korede Films, “Kabiyesi Olodumare” by Ogogo Films, and “Mayegun” by Yinka Quadri, among others. His filmography is a testament to his versatility as an actor, captivating audiences with his rich and expressive portrayal of characters.
The late actor made his debut in film acting during the shooting of “Ejo Ngboro” by Tunbosun Odunsi Films, and continued to grace the screen in notable productions like “Lisabi Agbongbo Akala” by Akin Ogungbe, “Ayonmon” by Hubert Ogunde, “Mosebolatan” by Alawada Films Limited, and “Taxi Driver Part I and II” and “Ehin Oku” by Ade Love Films Ltd, as well as “Agbaarin” by Jimoh Ali Films Ltd.
Beyond his cinematic achievements, Olofana embarked on a vocational journey in carpentry and joinery at Olukorede Furniture Industry between 1965 and 1970. His career trajectory also included roles as a Grade II Officer with the Ministry of Works and Transport, Ibadan, Western State of Nigeria, from 1970 to 1977, and later as a Maintenance Officer with Daladson Hotel, Jericho Reservation, Idi-Isin, in Oyo State between 1977-1980.
In 1980, Olofana made the pivotal decision to retire into full-time Theatre Arts Practice, solidifying his commitment to the world of entertainment. He had earlier floated the Olofa Ina Theatre Group in 1972, collaborating with notable figures like Erinfolamin, Dasofunjo, Gbolagade Akinpelu, and the Late Oyetunji of Esinnla compound, Ede, who played a crucial role in his theater training.
Born on May 15, 1950, into the family of Late Chief AbdulSalam Aderemi and Late Madam Aisha Aderemi of Jagun-Olukosi compound, Ede, in Osun State, Olofana’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those who admired his talent and contributions to Nigerian cinema. The film fraternity bids farewell to a cinematic legend whose impact will endure through the reels of time.