Babatunde Omidina

Babatunde Omidina

The Story of Baba Suwe: Nigerian Actor and Comedian


22 August 1958

Early Life and Education

Babatunde Omidina, widely known as Baba Suwe was born on August 22, 1958, in Inabere Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria into a polygamous family. Hailing from Igbogbo, Ikorodu, he attended Jamaitul Islamic Primary School in Lagos and later enrolled in the Children Boarding School in Osogbo. He continued his education at Adekanbi Commercial High School in Mile 12, Lagos state, before finally obtaining his West African School Certificate from Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.


13 July 1976

The Journey into Acting

At the age of 18, Baba Suwe discovered his passion for acting. His interest was sparked when he watched a performance by Baba Mero and his theater group at the Children Boarding School in Osogbo. Inspired by their talent, he formed his own theater group with fellow enthusiasts, including Mufitau Ilumoka and Sola Taiwo. This marked the birth of the Baba Suwe brand. His first successful show was held at the Amuto playing ground in Lagos Island.


13 July 1997

Rise to Fame

Baba Suwe's breakthrough in the film industry came after his appearance in the movie "Omolasan," which was produced by Obalende. However, it was his role in the 1997 film "Iru Esin," produced by Olaiya Igwe, that propelled him to greater heights of popularity. Over the years, he has featured in numerous Nigerian movies, including the notable production "Baba Jaiye Jaiye," which starred Funke Akindele and Femi Adebayo, the son of veteran actor Adebayo Salami. Some of his well-known movies from the 21st century include "N150 Million" (2003), "Kowope" (2004), and "36 Kiniun" (2003).


13 July 2011

Legal Battle and Allegations

In 2011, Baba Suwe faced a challenging period when he was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). However, the Lagos High Court ruled that the allegations were false and defamatory. Baba Suwe was represented by the late Bamidele Aturu, a renowned Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist.


13 July 2023

Legacy and Impact

Baba Suwe's influence in the Nigerian entertainment industry cannot be overstated. He has left a lasting legacy through his remarkable performances and comedic talent. His ability to captivate audiences with his unique style of humor has endeared him to fans across generations.

Not only has Baba Suwe showcased his acting prowess in numerous films, but he has also contributed to the growth of Nollywood, Nigeria's thriving film industry. His dedication and commitment to his craft have inspired aspiring actors and comedians, paving the way for future talent.


13 July 2023

Personal Life and Health Challenges

Baba Suwe was married to Mrs. Monsurat Omidina, a popular comedian and actress known as Omoladun Kenkelewu, from 1995 until her unfortunate passing in 2009. Together, they had three children: Junior Omidina, Halimat Omidina, and Okiki Omidina. Following his wife's death, Baba Suwe faced further difficulties when his step-daughter, Omolara Kareem, accused him of causing her mother's death due to their marital disputes. Baba Suwe has since remarried.

In 2017, Baba Suwe experienced a health setback when he suffered a stroke, rendering him unable to move freely. He attributed his health challenges to his previous detainment by the NDLEA.

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