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Yemi Ajibade obituary

When the BBC producer John Stockbridge was approached by the World Service in the 60s to create a drama for African listeners, he chose Yemi Ajibade, a promising young actor from west Africa with an established theatre career, for the lead role. The series was never made, but from then onwards Yemi, who has died aged 82, regularly featured on radio. His talent was spotted, too, by television producers and he appeared in series including Danger Man (1965), Dixon of Dock Green (1968), The Black Safari (1972) and The Fosters (1976).

Yemi's play Parcel Post (1976) explored the clash of traditional African virtues with the values of modern Britain. It was directed by Donald Howarth at the Royal Court in London and, during the theatre's 50th birthday celebrations in 2006, Howarth recalled that the play had a "reconditioning" effect on audiences. Among Yemi's other stage plays were Fingers Only (1982), Waiting for Hannibal (1986), Para Ginto (1995) – Peer Gynt transposed

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