What You Need To Know About The Late comedian & Presenter, Olugbenga Elijah Adeboye

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We bring to you the late comedian, Presenter, Broadcaster, Poet, Songwriter and founder of FIBAN, Olugbenga Elijah ADEBOYE.
Olugbenga Adeboye was born on 30 September 1959 in Odeomu, Gbogan, Osun State. His parents were missionaries. 
He started his broadcasting career in 1980 as a freelance radio
presenter for Radio Lagos where he commenced a popular a one hour
Saturday programme on air, a programme he called Funwontan and later,
Gbenga Adeboye in the mix and at the same time, Gbenga Adeboye in the
house on OGBC. The programme was a chitchat that was filled with
hilarious stories which he called Odu. 
Gbenga Adeboye was described
as a creative presenter who broke norms and did things that other
presenters had no favour of doing.
Consecutively, he recorded
nine albums and put them together on cassette. Those albums led him into
fame and earned him names such as, Funwontan, Abefe Jengbetiele, Alaye
mi gbengulo….
Gbenga Adeboye was an activist, songwriter,
classical musician, orator, in fact, a prophet, a comedian, and a
creative entertainer, a pioneer of Stand-up Comedy in Nigeria. He was
undoubtedly a soothsayer who installed back Democracy into the country
through his jokes, songs and all his works on Radio.
.
As said
by Mr Sulaimon Adegbenro (known as Consoli Gbadun) at the 14th year
remembrance of his death, he described Gbenga Adeboye as ‘a bundle of
talent, intelligence and creativity. A mobile talk box, a budding music
talent and showbiz impresario’


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According to Consoli Gbadun, he
said that the late presenter, Gbenga Adeboye laid a lot of legacies down
and has influenced and still influencing many of today’s broadcasters,
especially those whose medium of communication is the Yoruba Language.
His contributions in broadcasting is yet to be merged.
Gbenga
Adeboye was the founder of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters
Association of Nigeria, (FIBAN) with support from other notable
broadcasters like, Bashiru Adisa (Baba Gboin), Abbey Fagboro, Akeem
Enudunjuyo, Ajide Olayinka, Fatai Adeniyi (Dan Kazeem) and Goke
Babalola.
Olugbenga Elijah Adeboye, Funwontan Abefe Jengbetiele
as he was known, passed on to the great beyond on the 30th of April 2003
and threw the whole entertainment industry into deep mourning. By dint
of his fame and legacies, crowds trooped out in candle-lit procession
all over the country.
He lived a life full of mysteries. Had all
his achievements on Wednesdays. Born on Wednesdays. Was flown abroad on
Wednesday. He died and resurrected after 6 hours of mourn, on a
Wednesday. And died finally on Wednesday. Was buried on Wednesday.


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He was survived by a wife, a divorcee and five children.
We are so-so-so proud to celebrate this Nigerian-Yoruba icon. May his iconic soul continue to rest… 


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