Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi, popularly known as Papa Ajasco in the Wale Adenuga’s comedy series, has died.
A theatre practitioner, Husseini Shaibu, announced Ogunrombi death via a tweet 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 took over the character when the former character, Abiodun Ayoyinka, pulled out of the show.
In 2021, Wale Adenuga Productions partnered with KIN Production to execute a project commissioned by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation for the production of a special season of ‘Papa Ajasco and Company Reloaded’ which advocates against gender-based violence.
In line with the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative programme, the special season of the show featured 13 episodes of several stories advocating against all forms of gender-based violence, including rape, battery, child abuse, homicide, early marriage, female genital mutilation, HIV and illiteracy, as well as the ‘culture of silence’; all aimed at bringing about positive changes in social norms, attitude and behaviours.