Papa Ajasco Wiki, Biography
Well-known Nollywood actor Femi Ogunrombi passed away on January 15, 2023. He was famous for playing Papa Ajasco in the comedy show Papa Ajasco and Company. Theater practitioner Husseini Shaibu revealed the news on Twitter, writing:
“I have just been reliably informed that ethnomusicologist, former #NATIONALTROUPE music instructor and once substituted for the ‘Papa Ajasco’ character in the popular #wakeadenugaprod ‘Papa Ajasco’ comic series, Mr. Femi Ogunrombi, is dead”.
The role of Femi was originally played by Abiodun Ayoyinka and after the latter left the show, Femi was cast as a replacement. This was what initially caused some confusion among netizens, many of whom thought it was the original actor who passed away.
Femi’s cause of death has yet to be revealed.
How was the confusion about the death of Papa Ajasco cleared up?
The death of Femi Ogunrombi was mourned by the public on social media. However, there was a lot of confusion regarding the news. This is because several people initially thought that the deceased actor was Abiodun Ayoyinka, who first played Papa Ajasco.
Digital journalist and talent manager Mayowa Adenekan set the record straight as he paid tribute to Femi, writing that he saw many people using images of Ayoyinka when one of those who died was Femi.
Ayoyinka himself also posted a video to clear up the confusion, saying:
“My name is Abiodun Ayoyinka, popularly known as Papa Ajasco. I’m not dead. I’m still alive. And thank you very much to my fans for the concern of him. I really appreciate you all.”
Some news websites also issued an apology towards the end of their articles for using images of Ayoyinka in their stories. Femi Ogunrombi also had a successful career in the world of music.
Femi Ogunrombi joined Obafemi Awolowo University and formed a choral group called The Ayoro Voices. He was also a music composer, producer and film director.
He had a successful career in the music industry for around 25 years and received many accolades, including a gold plaque and Diploma Certificate in Creative Composition in North Korea in 1995. He developed an interest in introducing creative art to the schools. , and he believed that it would be useful for children to build an entertainment sector.
He was cast as Ajasco after Abiodun Ayoyinka left the show. Femi once mentioned in an interview that audiences could better connect with Ajasco when Ayoyinka played the character. Later, he also left the role, saying that he never felt bad about it as people loved Ayoyinka more than him. He continued:
“Also, considering the target market of the sponsors, they felt they were losing viewers and money, so I told them nicely and reasoned with them and left.”
Femi added that he was pleased with how long he played the character and that the cast members became family members at one point. He even reintroduced Ayoyinka when the latter returned as Ajasco once more.