Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Tunji Fatilewa, renowned writer & tv producer

The world of Nigerian television and radio is mourning the loss of a true luminary as Mr Tunji Fatilewa, a distinguished writer, TV producer, and theatre practitioner, passed away on the 5th of September, 2023, after a brief illness. He was 68.

According to a statement by Dele Morakinyo, a friend of the deceased, his life was a tapestry of creativity and dedication. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he embarked on his journey in the world of media after completing his education at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Ile-Ife, Osun State. His career began with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Ibadan and continued to flourish when he moved on to the Television Service of Oyo State (TSOS) in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

Upon retirement, Tunji Fatilewa ventured into private practice and relocated to Lagos. Later, he made his mark in Abuja, where he assumed leadership of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

Fatilewa’s legacy is etched in the annals of Nigerian television. He was the creative force behind several iconic NTA Ibadan TV productions, including Torrents of Soweto, Why Worry, Koko Close and Down the Johnsons among many others. 

In his private practice, operating through his production company TFA and Associate Ltd, he ventured into producing compelling documentaries and profiling eminent statesmen and national institutions.

He is survived by his loving wife Desola, a retired director of the Federal Civil Service, as well as his children and grandchildren. The details of his funeral rites and burial will be announced by his family in due course.

As the world bids farewell to this creative genius, may his soul rest in eternal peace. Tunji Fatilewa’s contributions to Nigerian television and his enduring impact on the world of entertainment will be cherished for generations to come.


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