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Francis Oladele Veteran filmmaker passes away at 82

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Pa Francis Oladele

After a brief illness, one of the pioneers of the Nigerian Film Industry, Pa Francis Oladele, has passed away at 82.

Former newspaper columnist and one of the pioneers of the Nigerian film industry, Pa Francis Oladele, has passed away.

According to several online reports, the veteran passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015, in his Oyo State hometown.

Oladele who was aged 82, produced the first indigenous film in Nigeria, a screen adaptation of Prof. Wole Soyinka‘s play titled Kongi’s Harvest, in 1969.

Also the pioneer African Head of the Film Unit of the defunct Western Nigeria Television in Ibadan, Oladele also worked as a photo-journalist with Daily Times of Nigeria and was popular for his column 'Social Diary.'

May his soul rest in peace.

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