…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
Sidikat Odunkanwi, popularly known as Iyabo Oko, a veteran Yoruba actress, has died at the age of 62.
The renowned actress, well-known in the Yoruba film industry, had been dealing with an illness for several years but seemed to have recovered.
However, reports indicate that she passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
Confirmation of Death and Previous Speculations
Iyabo Oko’s daughter, Bisi Aisha, confirmed the sad news of her mother’s passing on her Facebook page, stating that she died on Wednesday evening.
It is worth noting that last year, there were speculations about Iyabo Oko’s death when Bisi Aisha clarified that her mother was still alive.
Fellow actress Foluke Daramola-Salako, known for her care and support for elderly actors, also confirmed Iyabo Oko’s demise.
Remembering Iyabo Oko’s Life and Career
Born on November 15, 1960, in the Iwo Local Government Area of present-day Osun State, Iyabo Oko was known by stage names such as “Iyabo Oko,” “Apoti Aje,” and “Sisi Mama.”
Last year, her daughter Olamide disclosed that the veteran actress had been diagnosed with ischemic stroke approximately five years ago but had chosen to keep her health challenges private.
Support from Colleagues and Industry Loss
Throughout her career, Iyabo Oko received financial assistance from her colleagues in the Yoruba film industry, including actresses Iyabo Ojo, Bolaji Amusan, Mercy Aigbe, Foluke Daramola, and Biodun Okeowo.
This unfortunate passing marks the second loss in the Yoruba film industry in recent months, following the death of Iyabo Oko’s younger colleague, Murphy Afolabi, a few weeks ago.
The Yoruba film industry mourns the loss of veteran actress Iyabo Oko, who passed away at the age of 62.
Despite battling illness and a previous false alarm about her demise, Iyabo Oko’s contributions to Yoruba cinema and her private struggle with health challenges will be remembered.
Her passing comes as another blow to the industry, following the recent loss of Murphy Afolabi.
The memories of Iyabo Oko’s talent and resilience will continue to resonate among her colleagues and fans.
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