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Tunji Fatilewa, producer of famous TV series, ‘Koko Close’, passes on at 68

*His production credits included 'Torrents of Soweto', Why Worry' , 'Koko Close', 'Down the Johnsons, etc

RENOWNED for his signature on many of the television drama of the 80s through the early 90s, a notable script writer for Television and radio,  and Television produer, Tunji Fatilewa, has passed on.

He was said to have died September 5 at age 68 after a long-drawn illness that confined his to sick bed and took him out of circulation for some years.

“With deep sense of sorrow but total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of friend and colleague, Mr TUNJI FATILEWA, on  5th September 2023, after a brief illness. He was 68,” said a statement signed by Dele Morakinyo, on behalf of “Friends of Tunji Fatilewa.”

His funeral rites will be announced in due course by family of the deceased, led by his wife, Desola, according to the statement, which also highlighted ite the late Fatilewa’s career journeys, up ot his death.

“Husband, father, and grandfather, Tunji Fatilewa was an accomplished Television and Radio Programme writer, producer, and theatre practitioner. He trained at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Osun State, and started his career with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Ibadan before moving to the Television Service of Oyo State, TSOS in Ibadan, capital of the Oyo State.

“On retirement, he went into private practice and relocated to Lagos from where he later went to Abuja where he led the Federal Capital Territory, FCT chapter of the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners, NANTAP.

“His production credits included the award-winning  NTA Ibadan TV Productions such as ‘Torrents of Soweto’, Why Worry’ , ‘Koko Close’, ‘Down the Johnsons’, among many others. In private practice through his own production company TFA and Associate Ltd, he went into production of documentaries, profiling notable statesmen and many national institutions.

“He is survived by his wife Desola, a retired director of the Federal Civil Service, children and grandchildren.”




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