BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN and MSUE AZA, Kaduna –
Veteran actor, Kasimu Yero, is dead. He died in Kaduna yesterday at the age of 70.
Yero, popularly known as Uncle Gaga in the 1980s television soap opera, ‘Cock Crow At Dawn’ and lead character in Abubakar Imam’s ‘Magana Jari Ce’, died at his residence in Magajin Gari, Kaduna, after a protracted illness.
The late Yero’s eldest son, Mansur Kasimu Yero, who confirmed the death to journalists, said the deceaced was buried at Bachama Road Cemetry in Kaduna.
Mansur, in a telephone chat noted that his father died after a protracted illness at his residence, Magajin Gari, Kaduna city.
He said his father was 70 and left behind eight children, including him being the first and two other boys, as well as five girls.
The Deceased had since been buried at the Bachama Road Cemetry in Kaduna.
Yero would be fondly remembered for his role as ‘Uncle Gaga’ in the now rested 80s situational comedy, Cock Crow At Dawn, and as one of the lead characters in Abubakar Imam’s Magana Jari Ce.
The late Yero was one of the actors who dominated the Northern region and entertained the populace with his ability to interpret humorous scripts.
He was born in Zaria some 70 years ago, but when he became of school-age, he was taken from Zaria City to his grandfather in Kaduna.
At that time, his grandfather, Mallam Mohammed Sambo, was the Magajin Gari of Kaduna.
He was a shining star
Meanwhile, Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has described the late veteran actor, Alhaji Kasimu Yero as a shining star and a colossus of the creative industry.
The governor said that the veteran actor will be missed. The governor’s tribute to Yero is contained in a statement signed by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.
The statement noted: “Alhaji Kasimu Yero was a shining star whose talent brought him national acclaim for his contribution to culture. He was at the forefront of drama in northern Nigeria, using the then new medium of television to project culture and tradition.
“He was a talented artist, who also mentored several artists who are now household names in their own right. He devoted his talents to nation building, preaching unity across religion, ethnic and regional lines.
“We are proud of his contributions to culture and national unity. On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, I hereby extend our condolences to his immediate family, Zazzau Emirate and the entire creative industry in which he so distinguished himself.
“May Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss”.
Late Yero, A Pillar In The Industry- MOPPAN
Also, the leadership of the Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN ) has described the Late Kasimu Yero as a pillar of the industry.
In a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Malam Maikudi Umar, MOPPAN said Yero’s demise is a great loss, not only to the Hausa movie industry (Kannywood), but also to Nigeria’s motion picture industry.
The statement described the veteran actor as a mentor to many, most especially in the roles he played.
“We wish to extend our condolence to the families of late Alhaji Kasimu Yero over the great loss. He was one of the pillars of the industry. May his soul rest in perfect peace”, MOPPAN noted.
Yero’s Death A Great Loss – AFMAN
Also, Arewa Filmmakers Association of Nigeria (AFMAN), registered its grief over the sudden death of Late Kasimu Yero.
Speaking to our correspondent on phone, the national vice president of the Association, Alhaji Salisu Muhammad Officer, said Yero had been a great Ambassador of Nigeria’s motion picture world and has left a footprint worthy of emulation.
“Alhaji Yero’s death came to us as shocker. No doubt, he was great Ambassador of Nigerian filmmakers. We live to imbibe his good works. Yero has succeeded in creating a niche for himself and mentored many. We in AFMAN wish to register our condolence to his family, friends in the industry and millions of teeming fans. May his soul rest in perfect peace”, said Officer.
Shehu Sani Mourns
The Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Senator Shehu Sani, has described as painful the death of late Alhaji Kasimu Yero.
In a condolence message signed by his media aide, Abdulsamad Chima Amadi, the senator said, “We know the day will come, but death always leaves us with grief. Today, we didn’t lose a body; we have lost a great soul whose only motive was to live and make others happy.
“My family and entire supporters are saddened to hear of the death of Alh. Kasimu Yero, an extraordinary man who was among the very best in his chosen career.
“There are many in the country and the world over who will deeply mourn the demise of this great entertainer, as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. Alh. Kasimu Yero inspired many people to achieve their goals in life.
“To his family and loved ones, we say take heart. Nobody leaves us; they always stay with us in our prayer and memories. Your father’s lovely memories will always give you strength to move on. Allah gave you a father who was a very amazing and wonderful person. Sen Shehu Sani is fortunate to have know him.
“He will always stay in our hearts. Words, however kind, cannot mend your heartache, but those of us who were inspired by the great works of your father share your grief and wish you comfort and peace of mind.
“Accept our sympathy and May Allah give you peace and strength to handle this tough time of sadness. We are sure you must be missing such a kind and heartily person. Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and your full family”, he assured.
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