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Veteran actor, Samanja is dead

Veteran actor, Usman Baba Pategi, popularly known as Samanja, is dead.

According to reports, Samanja died on Sunday at about 12:15am

He has since been buried according to Islamic rights at a mosque in Kabala Costain, Kaduna.

He is survived by two wives and 12 children.

Pategi was born on May 20, 1942, into the royal house of Pategi Emirate in Pategi, Northern Nigeria. He is the son of Etsu Usman Patako late King of Pategi.

He started his early education in Pategi primary school and then went to Ilorin Middle School. Then later on he went to Kaduna to live with his uncle Alhaji Audu Bida which he became his assistance at home.

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He also worked with public works department in the mechanical store, before joining Northern Broadcasting Corporation, (NBC) in Kaduna.

He joined the Nigeria Army in 60s where an Army captain during the Nigerian civil war came looking for youth in Northern Nigeria to volunteer, he left the Broadcasting cooperation to join the army and trained at the Signal Training School, Apapa, he served under General Sani Abacha and General Sani Sami.

Later he retired in 1985 and went on for acting career drama at the FRCN Kaduna which he also direct and writes movies, mostly he was known as Samanja Maza Fama, the word meaning Sergeant-Major (SerMajor) due to the experience he got in his army career.

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