- Theatre consultant shared the sad news via his Facebook page on sunday
- The cause of his death is yet to be known
The movie industry mourns the passing of one of it's own.
Theater expert Husseini Shaibu made this revelation on Sunday via his Facebook page.
“I have been reliably informed that light has dimmed on the veteran actor, Usman Baba Pategi, popularly known as Samanja Mazan Fama.
The actor who rode to national prominence in the 80's playing Samanja in the defunct NTA drama series (about the life of Soldiers in the barracks), titled ‘Samanja', reportedly passed on around midnight on Sunday.
“The last time I saw Samanja was in Lagos in 2019 when he was awarded the Fellowship of Theatre Arts (FTA) by the Israel Eboh-led National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners.
“Journey Well Sir…. Good Night Samanja!,”
Another actor with the name Okey Ogunjiofor also paid his respect to the departed in the post's comments section.
He wrote: “The Legends who made our early days sweet are departing gradually. May his soul rest in peace”.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Pategi was born on May 20, 1942, in Pategi, Northern Nigeria, into the royal house of the Pategi Emirate.
His father was the late King of Pategi, Etsu Usman Patako.
With a career spanning over three decades, he had successfully carved a niche for himself.
The well-known writer, director, and actor acted in several renowned Hausa movies, including Duniya Iyawa Ne, Yusuf's Ladan's Zaman, and Samanja.
Pategi rose to fame in the film Samanja.
It is still unknown what caused his death.
Few months ago, another actor, Popular Tinsel Actor Charles Grandsville had died
The renowned Nigerian actor and accomplished movie producer, Charles Granville, has regrettably passed away.
According to popular blog, Linda Ikeji, Granville, who also served as the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Arts and Entertainment, succumbed to a lingering illness on Thursday, September 21st.
Prior to his untimely demise, this versatile artist was a true polymath, boasting a multitude of talents that encompassed acting, songwriting, musicianship, and filmmaking.