Veteran Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi, popularly known as Papa Ajasco, is dead.
His death was confirmed by a theatre practitioner, Husseini Shaibu, via his Twitter handle on Sunday.
He wrote, “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’ Mr. Femi Ogunrombi is dead.
“I am told that the actor, singer, highlifist and trained nurse whom we fondly called ‘Uncle Ogurombo’ (not to his hearing though) passed on this evening (Saturday)”.
Ogunrombi was popular for his role in Wale Adenuga’s Comedy series, Papa Ajasco.
Ogunrombi took over the character, Papa Ajasco, when the former character, Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show.
Meanwhile, Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Abiodun Ayoyinka has debunked the reports doing the rounds that he died on Saturday, January 14, 2023.
According to report Femi Ogunrombi, a stand-in character for Richard Abiodun Ayoyinka, was the one that actually passed.
The ace comedian, who reacted to the usage of his picture by many media platforms instead of Ogunrombi’s picture and also the fact that he is the original Papa Ajasco, stated that it was a stand-in character for him as Papa Ajasco in the popular 1996 Sitcom by Wale Adenuga Production (WAP), Femi Ogunrombi, that passed and not him.
Papa Ajasco and Company (formerly The Ajasco Family) is a Nigerian family television sitcom created by Wale Adenuga in 1996. The show is a spin-off of a feature film of the same title produced by Wale Adenuga in 1984, which in turn is based on the comic Ikebe Super.
The story revolves around the Ajasco family and their comedic interpretations to major societal issues. The main characters include womanising patriarch Papa Ajasco, his long-suffering wife Mama Ajasco, their mischievous son Bobo Ajasco, local playboy Boy Alinco, promiscuous gold-digger Miss Pepeiye, and illiterate ne’er-do-wells Pa James and Pa Jimoh.
At its prime, Papa Ajasco was widely considered to be Nigeria’s most watched comedy series, viewed weekly in twelve African countries.
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