Nollywood actor, Jimoh Aliu, also known as Aworo, on Thursday died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado Ekiti, at 80.
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Aliu would have been 81 on November 11. He was born in Okemesi, Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, in 1939.
Aside being an actor, he was also a producer, location designer, director, make-up artist and singer.
He was born to a Muslim father, Aliu Fakoya, who was also an Ifa priest, from Oke-Imesi and his mother was from Iloro-Ekiti.
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Aliu learnt Ifa divining from his father and studied at the old St. Peter Catholic Primary School Okemesi. When he was in Lagos, he learnt tailoring, bricklaying and driving.
He began his acting career in 1959, when Akin Ogungbe, a Nigerian veteran dramatist visited his hometown. He became famous for his hit TV productions, “Arelu” and “Yanpon Yanrin”, which bore famous characters like Fadeyi Oloro, Orisabunmi and Aworo.
In 1966, he left Ogungbe Theatre, and formed Jimoh Aliu Concert Party. The group was based in Ikare Akoko in Ondo State.
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He was formerly married to his colleague and Orisabunmi star, Folake Aremu, before they parted ways after 20 years of marriage. He currently has two wives, Queen Bola and Folashade.
Aliu was honoured with a national award of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in December, 2005.
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He is widely known to have attended the elementary school for just six months and born in mystifying circumstances.