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Sadiq Daba, Veteran Broadcaster And Movie Star, Is Dead

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Veteran TV broadcaster and Nollywood actor, Sadiq Abubakar Daba, known simply as Sadiq Daba has reportedly died on Wednesday, March 3.

According to NTA2 Lagos Network Centre, he died this evening around 8:30pm after battling for leukaemia and cancer for years.

 

 

 

In 2017, Daba was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and later prostate cancer for which he underwent several treatments.

Back in 2019, billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, paid for the hospital bills of the actor.

Giving a reason for his action, Otedola stated that he was moved because Sadiq Daba created good memories for him and others.

He said;

For me, taking care of Sadiq’s medical expenses is my little way of showing appreciation and gratitude for the good memories he created for me and others in the past.

I must say that even though I don’t know Mr Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up.

Originally from Kano state, Daba grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He moved back to Nigeria at the age of 15. In Sierra Leone, he attended primary school and St. Edward’s Secondary school.

He returned to Nigeria and got higher degrees in many institutions including Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Growing up, he wanted to be a broadcaster. He finally got a chance in 1968, when he met a certain Alifa Baba Hammed. The latter found him impressive and arranged for an audition at the Radio Television, Kaduna.

Then, Daba worked as a news anchor, reporter and editor at  RKTV, NTPC Lagos and NTA Lagos.

His acting career came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn.

Daba featured in a lot of other films and soap operas like ‘Behind the Clouds’, ‘A Place Like Home’, ‘Soweto’, and ‘Moment of Truth’.

In 2015, he won Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in Kunle Afolayan’s October 1. He was last seen acting in Kunle Afolayan’s 2020 movie ‘Citation’ as Professor Yahaya.

Daba announced his diagnosis of Leukemia and Prostate Cancer in 2017 and several Nigerians rallied round him to source for funds.

He was married to Bolaji Daba and they share two children and grandchildren.

May his soul rest in peace.

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