UPDATE: Veteran Nollywood actor Femi Ogunrombi is dead. The video which has appeared online is that of Richard Abiodun Ayoyinka who was the first actor to take on the role of Papa Ajasco.
Earlier reports by Crossfire Reports, crediting Sunday Sun that Femi Ogunrombi, aka, Papa Ajasco has died have been reported to be untrue. A Facebook video by the comedian indicates that he is alive. On careful investigation of the person in this video, it is clear he is the first actor who played the role of Papa Ajasco by name Richard Abiodun Ayoyinka and not Femi Ogunrombi who was reported dead.
Below is the earlier report credited to Sunday Sun:
Ogunrombi who is popular for his role in Wale Adenuga’s Comedy series, Papa Ajasco, was confirmed dead by Shaibu Husseini, a Theatre practitioner.
Although, the details given by Husseini are quite sketchy, he however confirmed that the seasoned Thespian breathed his last on Saturday, January 14, 2023.
“I have just been reliably informed that the ethnomusicologist, former Music Instructor with the National Troupe Of Nigeria and one time stand in for the ‘Papa Ajasco’ character on the popular WAP Comic Series ‘Papa Ajasco’ Mr. Femi Ogunrombi is DEAD. I am told that the actor, singer, highlifist and trained Nurse whom we fondly called ‘Uncle Ogurombo’ (not to his hearing though) passed on this evening”, he wrote on his social media pages.
Mr. Femi Ogunrombi took over the character, Papa Ajasco when the former character, Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show and he carried on with the role while it lasted. (Sunday Sun)