Nigerian veteran actor Baba Suwe is one who is popularly known by man Nigerians within and outside the country. This is due to the hilarious roles he has played in many movies. With his coal darkened face, large, overdressed physique and fiery, funny words, he has won the hearts of many people. But at the peak of his career, he was roped in certain controversies which nearly wrecked his career.
The amiable Baba Suwe whose real name is Babatunde Omidina is indeed one celebrity who caught the attention of many people. His hilarious movies and skits have been played by one too many people over and over again.
During the heydays of his career, the hilarious Nollywood star was highly favoured by many especially those who were huge fans of Yoruba-speaking movies. However, the veteran actor has jumped from one scandal to another.
From being implicated in a drug case to being pointed to as the father of another actress’ child, the Nollywood actor has been involved in several not-so-good situations which have put significant dents in his career. Here are three top scandals Baba Suwe has been involved in.
The greatest scandal that Baba Suwe has been reeled into is the one surrounding the death of his wife and colleague Monsurat Omidina. Monsurat popularly known as Omoladun Kenkelewu died in 2009. According to reports, she foamed at her mouth till she suddenly gave up the ghost. One report particularly said that she also had bruises on her neck.
This strange form of death made many suspect that her death was not natural and the one person who was blamed for causing her death or even killing her directly was her husband Baba Suwe himself.
It was said that the woman who married Baba Suwe after having two children elsewhere died from hypertension, a result of high blood pressure. Her daughter Omolara Kareem blatantly accused her stepdad of having a hand in her mom’s death.
She said that Baba Suwe had brutally fought with Monsurat the night before her death. For her and many others, the renowned actress who came into limelight after her role in tragic movie titled Okanlawon died due to the intense stress from the quarrels.
According to Omolara, she had witnessed Baba Suwe and her mother fight so many times that it was only logical to conclude that Monsurat’s troubled home and life orchestrated by her actor-husband led to her death. Baba Suwe debunked this accusation levied against him by saying he had not fought with his wife the night before her death.
In fact, he said that she had actually cooked the food they ate, they had played together and also discussed about how he was going to take her to the passport office the following day.
2. Baba Suwe and NDLEA saga
On October 13, 2012, Baba Suwe headed to Muritala Mohammed Airport in the hope of catching a flight to Paris where he was meant to play the role of a masters of ceremony at a friend’s naming ceremony. Little did he know that the singular trip was going to be the beginning of a whole new chapter in his life.
Upon reaching the airport, the veteran actor was arrested by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). According to them, they suspected that he was in possession of a hard drug which they believed to be cocaine.
From being arrested, he was tested for signs of hard drug ingestion. Unfortunately, he proved negative to the test. This caused them to detain him for several days. They were hoping that he would excrete the hard substance.
After the long, arduous, embarrassing proceeds he underwent, Baba Suwe was released and a bail of N500,000 was paid in this regard. Given the level of embarrassment Babatunde had to go through, his lawyer sued the public sector, and in the end, it was agreed that he would be given a compensation fee of N25 million. It would actually appear that this sum has not been paid. He eventually lost right to the money.
3. ‘Illegal’ Father
Popular Yoruba actress Opeyemi Aiyeola gave birth to a beautiful daughter. For whatever reason, rumours went round that the child belongs to Baba Suwe. This gossip dragged for a long time.
However, Opeyemi Aiyeola came out herself to say on her Instagram page that she was not in a secret relationship with Baba Suwe and he was not the father of her child. Her exact words were: “He is my boss and a kind man. He used to cast me in a lot of roles when I started. And I am grateful to him”.
4. Abandoned or not?
The most recent controversy surrounding Baba Suwe has to do with his health status. It has been said that the Nollywood actor is sick and totally out of form. He himself came out to say that he had partial stroke.
On top of this crisis, many other Nollywood actors and actresses have been reeled into this case. It has been said that most of them have abandoned in this time of need. A fan took to accosting Lizzy Anjorin on this matter and she rained curses on him for this.
Even more, Mr Latin who is the president of TAMPAN, a faction of Yoruba actor’s governing body, has taken to responding on behalf of other Yoruba acts. He said: “I have just instructed the Lagos State executive of the association to check on him (Baba Suwe) to ascertain his health progress.
“I can tell you that we have not abandoned him, as well as any of our members, as being speculated in some quarters by mischief-makers.”