The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hasdescribed the death of former Village Headmaster Producer, Chief TundeOloyede, as a big blow to the Creative Industry in particular and thenation in general.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, the Minister said ChiefOloyede’s demise has robbed the nation’s Creative Industry of a greaticon, a creative genius and a passionate advocate of the industry.
He said while Chief Oloyede was a man of many parts, he stood out forhis legendary role in the production of the TV drama series, VillageHeadmaster, which for a long time enraptured Nigerians.
”Chief Oloyede was a key player in the timeless and evergreen VillageHeadmaster. The industry and the nation remain grateful to him and theother greats who made the TV series a household name in its time, andeven now.
”As a notable producer and a former President of the IndependentTelevision Producers Association of Nigeria, Chief Oloyede helped topave the way for the emergence and success of today’s Nollywood, forwhich the industry remains eternally grateful,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
The Minister said the best tribute that can be paid to the late ChiefOloyede is for the industry practitioners to dedicate themselves to alife of excellence, creativity and hard work, qualities that made himto excel in his chosen career and brought him accolades in hislifetime and after his demise.
He prayed that God will give strength and succour to the family of thedeceased, and also grant them the fortitude to bear their irreparableloss.
The Minister also prayed that God will grant eternal rest to the soulof the departed.