"Cockcrow at Dawn" actor passes away

Alhaji Kasimu Yero, who was popular for his villainous roles in movies has passed away at the age of 70.

The veteran died at his house on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in Kaduna State after a protracted illness.

His death was confirmed by his son Masur Yero.

The late veteran was buried after the funeral prayers that took place at the Sultan Bellow Mosque on Sunday, according to Islamic rites.

Yero was among the first set of Northerners who went into acting in the early 70s.

A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the late actor made his debut in a TV programme titled  ‘Kukan Kurciya."

He was also popular for his role as Uncle Gaga in the popular TV series, "Cockcrow at Dawn" and his lead role in ‘Magana Jari Ce’.

Paying tribute to the late actor, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, described Yero as a household name and a shining star.

"He was at the forefront of drama in northern Nigeria, using the then new medium of television to project culture and tradition," he said.

“He was a talented artist, who also mentored several artists who are now household names in their own right. He devoted his talents to nation building, preaching unity across religion, ethnic and regional lines."

In a 2016 interview with Daily Post, Yero had said that he wanted to be remembered for what he was able to do.

"Sometimes, when I sit back and reflect on all I have put in all these years and the reputation it has earned me, I realise that it was worth the effort. That makes me happy," he said.

"Like I said earlier, to walk on the street and see children pointing and saying ‘There goes Kasimu Yero’, is satisfying enough."

May his soul rest in peace.

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