There has been an outpouring of love and condolences from Nigerians worldwide following the death of Sadiq Daba on Wednesday evening. The veteran broadcaster and actor had a long battle with leukemia and prostate cancer.
Joe Odumakin, a close friend of the actor, revealed that Daba’s wife confirmed the passing of the veteran actor, Punch reports.
“His wife just called me now and we spoke,” Odumakin told the media outlet.
She said that she was at the morgue. I asked what happened and she told me that about a week ago, he had been ill but he had been home and that he went to the hospital late afternoon today.
She explained that he had not been eating much and that as soon as they got to the hospital, they started conducting different tests on him including COVID-19. They put him on oxygen but he died around 8:30 pm.
Those who knew him remembered him for giving them happy childhood memories from his feature in the late 1970s film “Cockcrow at Dawn”, and during his broadcasting days at NTA.
He stared in Kunle Afolayan’s film “October 1st” and the 2020 film, “Citation”.
Daba announced his diagnosis of leukemia and prostate cancer in 2017 and was supported with fundraising by several Nigerians including Patrick Doyle, Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, Kenny Martins, and several others.
Here are some tributes to Sadiq from Nigerians, media personalities and more:
He was one of the finest TV broadcaster in the country.
Also a great actor, he will surely be missed. RIP Sadiq Daba.
— Mabby (@Oneirataxia_1) March 4, 2021
I remember how I used to wake up early to watch the show anchored by Sadiq Daba and Yinka Craig on NTA 🤔
An era on Television
May their souls rest in peace.
— Temi (@potter_lite) March 4, 2021
The life of one we love is never lost. Its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched.
Rest in peace Sadiq Daba🙏🕊 pic.twitter.com/WdAwJfS59H
— Fearless (@ola_asumah) March 4, 2021
This is a picture of one of my favorite Nigerian movies of all time October 1. RIP Sadiq Daba pic.twitter.com/jE7iMr2YIS
— Black Coffee Forever 🌍🌍 (@iam_ajaymatthew) March 3, 2021
Sadiq Daba, you fought and won. It's time to rest. Thank you for the memories. pic.twitter.com/R5jVqzvYRr
— Emmanuel Olabayo (@bayonuels) March 3, 2021
Rest in peace Sadiq Daba. You'll be fondly remembered. pic.twitter.com/1dJDkjVJn5
— NO1 SEXY DJ BABYLYNN (@sexydjbabylynn) March 3, 2021
My very dear Brother, you fought a gallant battle… Good night and rest in peace…
Veteran Actor, Sadiq Daba is Dead https://t.co/jUnU3yQ14y
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) March 3, 2021
Sadiq Daba was a legend.
I remember he had been struggling with prostrate cancer for a long time.
He knew his craft. He will be missed.
— Morris Monye💙 (@Morris_Monye) March 4, 2021
Sadiq Daba will surely be missed. He has imprinted big steps in these sands and have inspired many creatives like myself. I remember watching Sadiq Daba on @NTANewsNow and couldn't help but grin from ear to ear.
May he rest well. Great Man. ⭐ pic.twitter.com/pUF8zcPJpY
— Prince Isaac (@princeizyck) March 3, 2021
When I saw Sadiq Daba trending, I know he was dead. He has been struggling with his health. He is a great actor and a legend in the industry. May his soul be forgiven! pic.twitter.com/yxiQCpt3fY
— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) March 3, 2021
Sadiq Daba;the last sticker he sent to my inbox.He has been through a long journey of https://t.co/jTVkiImoXT ace presenter and actor from a generation of morally upright Tv professionals.May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi.Amin. pic.twitter.com/bu7KFH2QTv
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) March 3, 2021
Lucky to have worked with this Legend at Independent Television . He will insist the words are pronounced “RIGHT” even if it took the whole day…. A Legend, oh Sadiq Daba . When you see him, you’re reminded of Yinka Craig. An era on Television 📺 pic.twitter.com/5e92nqGqzL
— Mercy (@AbangMercy) March 3, 2021
Sad that the cock will no longer crow at dawn.
Sadiq Daba, thank you for the joy you brought into our homes.
May your sins be forgiven, and your memories be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/t6iMtTYCyO
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 3, 2021
TVC says Sadiq Daba, veteran broadcaster and legendary actor has died this evening after a long and sad battle with leukemia and prostrate cancer.
For many of us, our childhood watching NTA is totally incomplete without him.
May he rest in peace.
He was such a fine gentleman. pic.twitter.com/U7QK5v9aqu
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) March 3, 2021