Veteran Nollywood actor Dejumo Lewis has been lost to the cold hands of death.
Dejumo Lewis who is well-known for his Kabiyesi role in the movie, The Village Headmaster died at the age of 80.
The news of his death was made known to all and sundry by actor, Saidi Balogun via his Instagram page in the midnight today, December 23, 2023. However, the cause of his death is yet to be communicated with the public.
Announcing the death of Dejumo Lewis, Saidi Balogun wrote; “Good night DEJUMO LEWIS,may your soul rest in perfect peace.RIP.”
As expected, fans and colleagues have taken to the comment section to mourn the death of Dejumo Lewis. See reactions below;
mustiphasholagbade: May heaven be pleased with him🙏.
adeolufunsho: Oh wow An icon has gone , may his soul rest in peace.
femorich: May his soul rest in perfect peace 🙏🏿.
mamasafet: May his soul rest in peace, 😢,oba ilu jogbo ninu Agogo eewo movie.
treshai:Wow wow wow 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢. Kabiyesi role in The Village Headmaster . Legend 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔. Rest I peace.
femidaviesmetronews: Awwwwwwww … may his soul rest in peace.
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Dejumo Lewis is a Nigerian film and television actor, famous for the Kabiyesi role in The Village Headmaster, Nigeria’s longest-running television soap opera shown on NTA from 1968 to 1988.
Born in Lagos, he followed an unlikely path to thespianism. After his primary education at the Holy Cross Primary School in Lagos, he wanted to be a priest. He spent six years at St. Theresa Catholic Minor Seminary in Ibadan, and four years at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Major Seminary, also in Ibadan, where he graduated in Philosophy.
After 10 years of seminary studies, he decided to “end it all, leave the school and start living a normal life.” “The same year I left the seminary was the year production of The Village Headmaster drama began,” he recalled. It is a measure of his acting talent that he got the important role of Kabiyesi without formal acting training.
He later worked in the television industry as a programmer, and then, he said, “trained to become a producer/director, both here and abroad. I studied Celluloid.” He received a master’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan.
At NTA, he moved from programme planning to production, and was trained in Holland, England and Germany. After the series was stopped, he did television movies, and was posted to NTA Ibadan as manager, programmes. He held the position for five years, and was posted back to Lagos, where, according to him, “I was forcibly retired in 1999.”
In retirement, he has been busy “writing books on culture and communication,” and participates in films about “four times in a year.” He explained: “I am just doing that to say I am still interested in acting, which is like a hobby for me.”
He has continued to attract attention through his gripping performances as Kabiyesi since The Village Headmaster returned last year. He said during the long break, people still called him Kabiyesi, and some even treated him like one. That shows the power of attention-grabbing acting. We wish the seasoned actor many happy returns.