Moses Olaiya

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Moses Olaiya
Born Moses Olaiya Adejumo
(1936-05-18)18 May 1936
Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria
Died 7 October 2018(2018-10-07) (aged 82)
Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria
Other names Baba Sala
Children Emmanuel Adejumo, Mayowa Adejumo

Moses Olaiya (18 May 1936–7 October 2018),[1] better known by his stage name "Baba Sala", was a Nigerian comedian, dramatist and actor.


A Yoruba from Ijesha, Baba Sala, regarded as the father of modern Nigerian comedy,[2] alongside other dramatists like Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola, Oyin Adejobi and Duro Ladipo popularized theater and television acting in Nigeria. He is a prolific filmmaker. Significantly, Baba Sala started his career in show business as a Highlife musician, fronting in 1964 a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies where he tutored and guided the jùjú music maestro King Sunny Adé who was his lead guitar player.[3]


  • Orun Mooru (1982)
  • Aare Agbaye (1983)
  • Mosebolatan (1985)
  • Obee Gbona (1989)
  • Diamond (1990 Home video )
  • Agba Man (1992, Home Video)
  • Return Match (1993, Home Video)
  • Ana Gomina (1996, home video, )
  • Tokunbo (1985, TV)


In October 2018, Baba Sala died of what was referred by his media aide as "old-age related sickness".[4] After his death, Best of Nollywood Magazine announced that the category "comedy of the year" will now be known as "Moses Adejumo Comedy of the Year" to honour him for his contribution to the industry.[5]


  1. ^ Sarah Stanton, Martin Banham (1996). Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre. Cambridge University Press. p. 419.
  2. ^ Lakoju, Tunde, Popular (Travelling) Theatre in Nigeria: The Example of Moses Olaiya Adejumo in Nigeria magazine, Issue 149, 1984
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Veteran comedian, Baba Sala, dies at 81". The Punch. October 8, 2018.
  5. ^ AKINYOADE, AKINWALE (October 12, 2018). "Late Actor And Comedian Baba Sala Honoured With A Category By BON Awards Organisers". Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-13.

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