Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has described the death of Alhaji Usman Baba Patigi, popularly known as Samanja, as the end of a great era in the Nigerian comedy industry, especially in the northern region of the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, on Sunday in Ilorin.
“The Governor said Samanja, 81, who was a Prince of Patigi, headquarter of Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara, will be remembered as a pathfinder in what has become known as the Kanniwood in the Nigerian movie industry.
“He was a colossus who bestrode the entertainment industry for decades. He will be missed for his great impacts while his legacies live on.
“The Governor sends his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of Samanja, the people of Patigi and the royal family, as well as millions of his fans, old and young, across the country, particularly Northern Nigeria.
“Gov. AbdulRazaq prays Allah to ease the account of the late actor and admit him into al-jannah Firdaus.”
The governor also prayed Allah to look after the family of Samanja and comfort everyone who mourns him.