Joseph Abiodun Babatunde Adu a.ka. JAB Adu lives on
Veteran actor and dramatist, thespian Joseph Abiodun Babatunde Adu, dubbed JAB Adu, passes on at 83 in his Abeokuta home on Sunday after battling with old age sickness. is dead.
the man who jettision his banking career in 1970 when he resigned from Central Bank of Nigeria to exhibit his God given talent in acting was known for his prowess in acting and production which shot him into limelight.
JAB Adu as fondly called played the role of Bassey Okon in the popular Nigerian Television Authority (nta) drama series “The New Village Headmaster” which he doubled with his banking job before he resigned. He was known for his prowess in Efik when he played the role of Bassey Okno, the doctor, the dispenser and pharmacist in Oja Village the proficiency in Efik language which was as a result of his privilege to have been born and brought up in Calabar, Cross Rivers State thus making him outstanding in his performance.
JAB Adu left banking in 1970 and went into full acting, writing and production.
He was more renowned in acting but his creative pedigree transcends not just acting that he was very well known for on the screen. He was a film producer per excellence whose production excellence includes “Bisi, Daughter of the River” and “Adio’s Family”, a series he co-produced with NTA. The film was one of the pioneering efforts that followed “Kongi’s Harvest” and “Things Fall Apart.”
Based upon the Yoruba legend of Olurombi and shot on 35mm on celluloid on location both in Lagos and Badagry, the film threw a challenge to the American and Indian films in the Nigerian cinema circuit because of its production quality and Nigerians’ thirst to see their own people on the cinema screens in the theatres.
Joseph Abiodun Babatunde Adu a.ka. JAB Adu lives on, he would be greatly missed by his fans and well wishers