By Megito Audu
The Thespian who was the producer of the famous movie “Arelu” we learnt died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
Aliu, a dramatist,film writer,sculptor and former President of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners(ANTP) was aged 85 years.
He began acting in 1959 when the late Akin Ogungbe, a Nigerian veteran dramatist visited his hometown, the same year he joined the Akin Ogungbe theatre group where he gained some experience in drama.In 1966, after he spent seven years with the Ogungbe troupe, he established “Jimoh Aliu Concert Party”, a group based in Ikare in Ondo State southwestern Nigeria.
He later joined the Nigerian Army in 1967 but retired in 1975 with the aim of focusing on drama as well as promoting independent artist under the platform of Jimoh Aliu cultural group.He had produced several television drama series such as Iku Jare Eda Yanpan yanrin and Fopomoyo that featured king Sunny Ade.