By Milcah Tanimu
On January 4, 2024, the Yoruba entertainment industry mourned the loss of Chief Adedeji Aderemi, a revered figure known professionally as Olofa Ina, who passed away at the age of 73 in his hometown of Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.
Born on May 15, 1950, to Late Chief Abdulsalam Aderemi and Late Madam Aisha Aderemi in the Jagun-Olukosi compound in Ede, Osun State, Olofa Ina’s life unfolded during the reign of the Late Oba John Adetoyese Laoye, the then Timi of Ede Land.
In 1972, Olofa Ina founded the Olofa Ina Theatre Group, collaborating with talents like Erinfolamin, Dasofunjo, Gbolagade Akinpelu, and the late Oyetunji of Esinnla. Recognized as a prominent figure in Yoruba theatre and film, he produced notable television productions, including Odetedo, Lakaaye, Kogun Maja, and Ade Oba.
Bearing the title of Sobaloju of Edeland, Olofa Ina’s early education took place at St. Peters Anglican Primary School and Baptist Secondary Modern School. Beyond the stage, he pursued vocational training in carpentry and joinery at Olukorede Furniture Industry. Initially a Grade II Officer with the Ministry of Works and Transport, Ibadan, from 1970 to 1977, he later served as a Maintenance Officer with Daladson Hotel, Jericho Reservation, Idi-Isin, Ibadan, until his retirement in 1980, marking his full-time dedication to Theatre Arts Practice.
Affectionately known as Baba Olowe, Olofa Ina showcased his versatility through scriptwriting, script dialogue, directing, and acting in numerous Yoruba films and television series. Some of his notable productions include Ija Omode, Idaamu Otunba, Ewe Orun, Kabiyesi Olodumare, Mayegun, Ejo Ngboro, Lisabi Agbongbo Akala, and more.
His impact on the industry and enduring contributions to Yoruba entertainment will be fondly remembered by both fans and colleagues alike.