Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has described the late Nollywood actor, Maroof Afolabi aka Murphy Afolabi as a good ambassador of Osun State who dedicated his life through his acting prowess to upholding the ethos of Omoluabi.
Governor Adeleke also described the death of the late thespian as a great shock.
Murphy Afolabi, a household name in the Yoruba-speaking Nollywood genre was reported to have died in the early hours of Sunday, May 14, 2023.
He hailed from Fetuata Compound, Isale-Osun, Osogbo, Osun State.
The Osun Governor’s condolence message was released by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed on Monday in Osogbo.
Adeleke in the statement said, “I remember the last time he visited me at my country home. We discussed issues bordering on the development of the entertainment industry. We agreed on plans to make Osun Yorubaland’s cultural and tourism centre.
“Mr Afolabi was a passionate and ingenious Nollywood actor who stood firm in promoting the culture and tradition of the Yorubas through his God-given talent. We can only be proud that he lived a life of grace and glory by successfully putting Osun State on the frontline within the Nollywood film industry.
“We condole with his numerous fans across the world, his colleagues, friends and family, on the demise of a wonderful personality. We take solace in the fact that Mr Afolabi lived a fulfilled life of showcasing his talent to the world while earning applause from all and sundry.
“We pray to God to grant his families and friends the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement said.