Veteran actor Kasimu Yero has died in Kaduna on Sunday at the age of 70.
The deceased’s eldest son, Mansur Kasimu Yero, told NAN in Kaduna that his father died at his residence in Magajin Gari, Kaduna, after a protracted illness.
NAN reports that Yero, who was buried at Bachama Road Cemetry in Kaduna, is survived by eight children.
Yero would be fondly remembered for his role as ‘Uncle Gaga’ in the now rested ’80s situational comedy, Cock Crow At Dawn, and as one of the lead characters in Abubakar Imam’s TV series, Magana Jari Ce.
The deceased was one of the early popular northern faces in Nigeria’s entertainment industry and had the flair of interpreting humorous scripts.
Although Yero was born in Zaria, he moved to Kaduna when he became of school-age to live with his grandfather, Malam Mohammed Sambo, who held the traditional title of Magajin Garin Kaduna.
Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state governor, has described Yero as a shining star and a colossus of the creative industry.
El-Rufai, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the veteran actor would be missed by all.
He said Yero’s talent and contributions to culture brought him national fame.
The governor said the deceased was at the forefront of drama in northern Nigeria, using the then new medium of television to project culture and tradition.
“He was a talented artist, who also mentored several artists that are now household names in their own right,” he said.
“He devoted his talents to nation building, preaching unity across religion, ethnic and regional lines. We are proud of his contributions to culture and national unity.”
He extended condolences of the people and state government to the family, Zazzau Emirate and the entire creative industry.
The governor prayed Almighty God to grant the deceased’s soul eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.