Saturday, 4 June 2016

Deaths Hits Nollywood Again..


This is certainly not the best of times for the Nigerian film industry, as there has been a steady blight of death in Nollywood. Just as the industry was mourning the death of Comic Actor, Dede One Day, several deaths have continued to hit the industry. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM pictures those who died early this year
The news of deaths in the movie industry has continued to bewilder fans and friends of the industry. Last year, lots of veterans died from one ailment or the other. Stakeholders in the industry were quick to calm themselves by organising candle light for one of them who they felt was close to them.
They were nowhere to be found when their members continued to lose their lives from one big ailment or the other. The fight for supremacy between the Ibinabo Fabrisima faction and the Emeka Ike camp has not really made things stable for the industry.
When a member is sick, the news is always been heard from either a church or from a philanthropist who is not a member of the guild. A case in point was the news that went out last week of Veteran Nollywood actor, Martins Njubuigbo, who is critically suffering from liver failure and through the help of fellow actor Ernest Obi, cried out to Nigerians to help him in his difficult situation.
According to a post by Ernest Obi on Instagram, a sum of about ‘one million naira is needed to help nurse Martins Njubuigbo back to good health.’  It seemed all over, until a man of God who has been seen doing what he believes is the tenet of the Bible donated the said N1million. The popular Abuja prophet, Joshua Iginla of Champions Royal Assembly, who celebrated his birthday gave out 32 luxury cars to Nollywood stars, gave a lifeline to the actor diagnosed with liver disease.
The pastor gave a cheque of N1 million to the ailing actor and noted that an old man like that should not be subjected to public spectacle for assistance, and also promised to see what else he can do to assist him after recovery. With this, the pain of death comes to mind. News spread late this week that veteran Nollywood actor, Festus Aguebor died barely six days after Mike Odiachi was reported dead.
The news of his demise was announced by former Director, Actors Guild of Nigeria and ace producer, Fidelis Duker, on his Facebook page. The ‘Igodo’ actor known for his white beards, before his death left Lagos and relocated to his home state of Edo about four years ago. He is believed to be in his 70’s.
Yoruba Actor, Fatai Onibuade
Nollywood was thrown into another round of mourning when popular Yoruba actor, Ajiboye Fatai Onibuade fondly called Legend died in a hospital in Ikeja, Lagos State on May 17, 2016.
Legend reportedly collapsed in his living room before he was taken to hospital.
Rising Nollywood actress Nene
The fast rising Nollywood actress and video vixen, Genevieve Nene, it was gathered had not been enjoying good state of health for some time now, but had continued working on movie details of her event Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Lagos. Nene’s death was confirmed by filmmaker, Ike Nnaebue on Instagram in the early hours of Wednesday, May 4, 2016. He shared a picture of Genevieve Nene with the caption: “RIP @genevievenene this is most shocking… #RealGoneTooSoon”.
Actor, Mike Odiache
Mike Odiache died on Monday, February 15, 2016. According to the reports, Mike passed on after a brief illness at a general hospital in Ikorodu area of Lagos. The role interpreter has featured in several Nollywood movies, including the popular flick, ‘Prophet of Doom.’
Young Nollywood Actor, Olamide David
The Nigerian motion picture industry, otherwise known as Nollywood was thrown into yet another mourning following the death of a young actor, Olamide David. David, who played the lead role in Foluke Daramola’s movie, Cobweb, died few hours ago. Although, the real cause of his sudden death is yet to be ascertained, Foluke has described his demise as untimely.
“Death! Where is your sting? Olamide David, my lead character in Cobweb, why does it have to be now? Why why why?,” she asked rhetorically.
Nollywood, Actor Arakangudu
He allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Kaduna where he was undergoing a course. The popular well-built Nollywood actor, Arakangudu, died between Monday night and Tuesday morning of February 8-9 of cardiac arrest in Kaduna where he was undergoing a course. The baritone-voice actor who practiced his trade in the Yoruba genre of Nollywood is known for his portrayal of herbalists and armed robbers. He was also a movie producer and has produced many award-winning movies, among them Iya Oko Bournvita, Agba Osugbo, Aje Olokun, Ogbologbo, Ilu Gangan

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