Jad Adu dies at 83
The Nigerian film industry has lost another great actor Joseph Abiodun Babatunde Adu, better known as Jab Adu. News of his passing at his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State broke early yesterday morning. This comes on the heels of the loss of Festus Aguebor and Michael Odiachi.
Born in Calabar, Cross River State, Adu was aged 83. Between 1941 and 1946 he attended St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos. He then worked at the British Bank for West African now First Bank, PLC before travelling to the UK to study Banking at the Westminster City College, London, becoming an Associate of the Institute of Bankers UK. He would later enroll at Morley College of Drama, South London.
On his return to Nigeria, JAB Adu worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria before moving on to pursue his acting career. His illustrious career on stage, television and film is marked with highlights like his role as ‘Bassey Okon’, a pharmacist and doctor in the popular Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), drama series The Village Headmaster.
Jab Adu was also a notable film producer whose credits include the full length film Bisi, Daughter of the River and Adio’s Family, a series he co-produced with NTA.
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