On Friday, April 1st, 2022, late actor Kunle Adetokunbo, popularly known as Dejo Tunfulu, was buried in Ikorodu, Lagos State, according to Islamic rites.
His children, colleagues in the movie industry and emphatizerscame to the residence of the late actor to pay their last respects.
Speaking after after the death of his father, Junior, who is Dejo Tunfulu’s first son made it know his father had produced movies but were yet to be released to the public before his death. He spoke on how his father had believed in him despite being nervous.
“My dad believed in me that I can act. I used to be nervous and scared. He had four children. He was sick before he died. He told my younger brother that we should not fight the doctors before he passed on. He was taken to Ikorodu General Hospital where his colleagues showed up and they really tried (their best for him). I appreciate their efforts because they stood by him. I pray my dad’s soul will rest in peace. My dad already created some things for us (his children) before he died. Some of his films have not been produced, and he was supposed to release them before he passed on. I just have to make him proud wherever he is. That was what he told me last year,” he told Saturday beats.
Victoria, another child of the late actor noted that they would acknowledge whatever assistance they could get, especially from the government. She said, “In any way the government can support us, they should. Even if it is school fees, house rent or job opportunities, we would appreciate. Three of us (siblings) are still in school.”
One of the children of the late actor, Muiz, said also said his dad had a movie he was supposed to release in April. He disclosed he had finished producing it.
In his tributes, actor and president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, told Saturday Beats, “He was a brother, a co-comedian, an active industry player, a very talented actor, and we were very close.”
Speaking on the death of Dejo, Bola Amusan, known as Mr Latin said, “I learnt he was sick yesterday (Thursday) and he was rushed to the hospital where he died. His last moments on earth were fulfilling. He was at a function three days ago, and was on location about two days ago. It was a huge shock that we could lose somebody like him.”
Both Kunle Afod and Yomi Fabiyi, described Dejo Tunfulu born Kunle Adetokunbo as a raw actor par excellence with serious respect for professional ethics.
Yomi Fabiyi said, “I never saw him come late to set or rebel against anyone. He was always supportive and reasonable. He was a good man.”
“He was a close friend and a senior colleague. I celebrate him every time. I don’t know about those that don’t talk about him. Anyway, that is life for you,” Kunle Afod said.
By Damilola Olufemi