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Sad tales of entertainers/Nollywood stars who died in 2023

…Stars should create time for recreation, seek God’s face –Amusan, Rollas

As 2023 comes to an end, the entertainment industry has indeed suffered heavy blows, as quite a number of Nollywood actors and actresses have been lost to the cold hands of death; BENJAMIN SAMSON writes.

The Nollywood industry has been devastated following the death of some actors and actresses. In the last twelve months, many prominent Nollywood stars have ‘kicked the bucket.’ They took their bundles of talents into the grave and will never be seen again. The mourning has been unabated in the industry as popular faces are being snatched away by the chilling hands of death.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, a native of Imo state, was a filmmaker and entertainment executive. He was also known by her moniker “queen of Nollywood films” and was the founder of the globally acclaimed film ceremony, African Movie Academy Awards, which she started in Yenagoa, the Bayela state capital, on May 30, 2005.

She was also notable for the screening of Nollywood films at International Film Festivals and was bestowed by the Nigerian government a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic for her contributions to the entertainment industry. She died at the St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos on January 9, 2023, at the age of 53 after suffering a heart attack which led her into a two-day coma.

Chief Sunday Akanbi Akinola (Feyikogbon)

Ace veteran actor, Chief Sunday Akanbi Akinola, who became popular for his role as mogaji in the series Feyikogbon which aired on NTA Channel 7 in the South-west in the 1980s, died on January 9, 2023, of Kidney failure at the age of 80.

Prior to his death, the actor had solicited help from the public in 2019, for financial assistance to treat the illness, saying that his role in the series had only given him fame without finance.

 Femi Ogunrombi (Papa Ajasco)

Femi Ogunrombi who played the role of Papa Ajasco, a character known for his portly belly and hitting his head while saying “Ojigbigbigbi” in the TV comedy series Papa Ajasco and company by Wale Adenuga Productions died on January 14, 2023.

Femi Ogunrombi was a native of Abeokuta in Ogun state. He rose to fame after taking over the character of Papa Ajasco in 2005, when Mr. Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the Show. He was a member of the National Troupe of Nigeria in 1994 and worked as the director of Nigerian National Music and conducted the National Choir in 1998. He was also the director of studies at the Pencil Film and Television Centre in Lagos.

 Favour Agiounim Daniels

The young comedienne and actress popularly known as Omoge, Oma and Amama who had gained popularity through her skits on social media passed away after a boating accident on February 5, 2023, at the age of 26. It was indeed a sad day for the industry as many experienced disbelief and shock at the news.

 Chief Ojo Arowosafe (Fadeyi Oloro)

The actor, whose death was announced by his daughter, Fasunwon Oluwafunke, passed on Tuesday, the 7th of March 2023, at the age of 66, after battling with a terminal disease for many years. He was a native of Igbara Odo in Ekiti state.

Popularly known for his oratory skills in reciting Yoruba incantations, he rose to fame after acting in the movie Arelu in the late 80s.

He also acted in movies like Inubibi, Anike Olufa and Akoni mefa among others.

Obinna Nwafor (Saint Obi)

Veteran actor and movie producer Obinna Nwafor also known as Saint Obi passed on at the age of 57 after a protracted illness. He died in May 2023.

 It was disclosed that the actor had died early in the week after battling with an undisclosed illness for several months with no successful treatment, although the family chose not to announce his death for reasons not yet ascertained.

 The actor was reported to have relocated to Jos, the Plateau state capital, for further treatment of the ailment that had kept him in and out of the hospital for over two years.

He acted in movies like Heartless, Take me to Mama, Festival of fire, among others.

Murphy Afolabi

 Popular Yoruba Yoruba, Murphy Afolabi, died on May 14, 2023, after a tragic fall in his bathroom iin Ikorodu area of Lagos. The actor had just celebrated his 49th birthday before his tragic death.

 Afolabi got into the movie industry in 2001. Prior to that, he had studied Theatre Arts and Film Production at the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. He appeared in over 60 movies before his death, including Ifa Olokun; Omowunmi; Jimi Bendel; Wasila Coded; Olokiki Oru, and Idera.

 Adedigba Mukaila

Among the notable personalities who died this year is veteran actor Adedigba Mukaila, known by his stage name Alafin Oro. He died on May13, 2023. His death was announced by fellow actor Kunle Afod on his social media page.

He wrote; “Another library is burnt down today; a great philosopher, an icon with so much Yoruba knowledge, a lover of God @alafinoro1. You departed this sinful world in the early hour of today, May your gentle soul rest in peace.”

 Chikezie Uwazie

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