Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi, popularly referred to as Papa Ajasco, the name of a popular comedy show by Wale Adenuga Productions, has passed away.
Ogunrombi took over the character of Papa Ajasco when Mr Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show.
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 in the popular #waleadenugaprod comic series ‘Papa Ajasco’ Mr Femi Ogunrombi is dead.”
As at the time this report was filed, the cause of death was yet to be disclosed.
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.
Papa Ajasco, his wife Mama Ajasco, their mischievous son Ajasco, local playboy Boy Alinco, promiscuous gold-digger Miss Pepeiye, and illiterate never-do-wells Pa James and Pa Jimoh are the main characters.
At its prime, the sitcom was widely considered to be Nigeria’s most-watched comedy series, viewed weekly in twelve African countries.
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