Popular Nollywood Stars You Don’t Know Are Late
These late stars would always be in our loving memories for their role in one way or the other in the development of the Nigerian movie industry – Nollywood.
It’s not an understatement to assert that their death has really shook Nollywood to its core at the time each of their death occurred. They are however remembered for the legacies they left behind.
SAM LOCO EFE
The death of Sam Loco really got the entertainment industry in Nigeria shaking because he was very popular with his comic roles. Loco died in a hotel room in Owerri where he was editing a film, in August 2011, at age 66.
The popular “Village Headmaster” star actor died in February 2013 at the age of 70. He died of complications from diabetes in a Lagos state hospital.
Enebeli became popular staring as Andrew in a popular TV programme many years ago. He died in an Indian hospital in December 2012. He died of stroke at age 66.
The very popular Nollywood producer died of asthma attack in Enugu, in April 2014. She was the writer and producer of the most popular TV soap ever to be aired in Nigeria, Checkmate. Her sudden demise at age 51 shook Nollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole due to her role in the development of Nollywood and in making stars like Julius Agwu, Bobmanuel Udokwu and so many of them.
JENIFER OKERE OSSAI
She was a big star in the 1990s. She had featured in Ikuku, Living in Bondage, True Confession, etc. She died between 1999 and 2000 and her death was the first to shake Nollywood.
JT TOM WEST
The River state born actor died in September 2006. Tom-West was involved in a fatal auto-accident, while he was returning from a location after a late night film shooting with two of his colleagues.
His former girlfriend, Tricia Eseigbe wept so hard that she was uncontrollable as at that time. He was popular with such movies as State of Emergency, Above The Law, Labistar etc.
The popular actress died in September 2011 during a fibroid operation at age 56. The Nigerian entertainment industry was once again thrown into mourning as the news of the demise of another veteran actress,Geraldine Ekeocha filtered in. This unfortunate incident happened as the preparation for the burial of veteran actor, Sam Loco Efe is in top gear.
Pete Eneh died in November 2012 after one of his legs was amputated at age 68. He was a Nigerian actor. He was one of the pioneers of the Video era of Nollywood and was said to have acted in over 50 Nollywood movies before his death. He died due to the pain of living with an amputated leg on November 15, 2012 in Enugu State, Nigeria.
She was a popular Yoruba actress whose sudden demise shook the Yoruba movie industry. She died at age 27 in January 2013. The death of Bisi Komolafe was reported in the media on December 31, 2012. The circumstances surrounding her death generated several reports and speculations in the media. However medical reports confirmed that she died of pregnancy related complications at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. She was buried on January 4, 2013 in Ibadan.
Funmi was a cross over actress who featured in both Yoruba and English films. She played a romantic role in When The Sun Set released in the 1990s which was Kate Henshaws first film. Funmi died in May 2002. Her death shook Nollywood then.
Francis became a star via Amaka Igwe’s Checkmate. After which he featured in Living in Bondage, Jezebel produced by his girlfriend then, Emem Isong. Francis died in March 2007 after a protracted sickness.
The actor died in January 2012 at age 73. The actor fondly called Nze Okorie 1 was said to have been ill for long before passing away at his Enugu resident. The Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Chairman, Enugu StateChapter, Ofiafulugu Mbaka, who revealed the tragedy said:
“This is a big shock. Nobody would be happy when someone dies, but there is nothing anyone can do.”
CHRISTY ESSIEN IGBOKWE
Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR (11 November 1960 – 30 June 2011) was a Nigerian musician and actress. She was known as Nigeria’s Lady of Songs. She put Nigeria’s name on the world music map with her evergreen “Seun Rere” track. She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria(PMAN).
She was also the chairman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.Although she was not from the Yoruba tribe, she sang a lot of her songs in the western Nigerian language and drew heavily on their culture and tradition . Essien’s fluency in Yoruba, English, Igbo and her native Ibibio earned her an appeal which cut across tribal lines.
The top actor died in April 2011 after a brief illness after he fell into coma at the Military Hospital, Yaba, where he was being treated for severe liver problems. Showtime Celebrity visited the Victoria Island, Lagos home of the veteran actor during the week, where his Rivers State born wife, Grace Iberie Nwosu in her grief narrates the story of her last days with Ashley.
Clem Onyeka was recently killed in a crossfire between the Nigerian Police and armed robbers in Asaba Delta State. He was only 37 years old.
May their souls continue to rest in peace!!!