The sad news of the death of veteran Yoruba actress, Mrs Folake Aremu, known popularly as Orisabunmi, has continued to attract more reactions from Nigerians home and abroad.
Orisabunmi died in her residence in Ibadan, Oyo state at the age of 60.
The news of her demise was also confirmed by the President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Mr Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Baba Latin.
While practitioners in the Yoruba film industry and lovers of the popular actress are still finding it difficult to accept that the loved actress is gone, there are speculations already sprouting that Orisabunmi’s death may have been caused by COVID-19.
Ayekooto Akindele, in a Facebook post explaining the last conversation between Aderupoko and the late actress, explained that Folake was to attend a party organized by Kola Olootu last Sunday together with Fokoko and Aderupoko, but she eventually declined on the grounds of a persistent cough which she claimed made her uncomfortable and was giving her a chest pain. He said Orisabunmi explained that she would attend such a party in her condition to avoid coughing in the gathering.
According to Akindele, by Monday morning, the popular actress had ended up in the hospital where she was placed on Oxygen Mask until she gave up the ghost yesterday.
Going by the narratives as posited by Akindele, Orisabunmi refusal to honour the invitation due to her condition may have saved the other attendees especially considering the unpredictable speed at which the coronavirus spreads from persons to persons.