11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

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11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are Gone – The Nigerian film industry usually referred to as Nollywood, has come a long way from the days of Living in Slavery. With its long history, there is an abundance of veteran heroes and heroines who have worked so hard to make Nollywood a globally acclaimed organization that will be just as widely accepted as Hollywood. Some went as far as working by acting and making gifts to boost the industry’s activities before their dying days. These are some of the stars of Nollywood whose films we always loved, but who didn’t live to see the heights to which they carried the industry. Some of them died at their last hours, as poor as church rats begging the public for money to cure their illnesses. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

1. Name: Ashley Chijioke Nwosu

State of Origin: Abia

Age: 57 years (November 1954 – April 2011)

Cause of Death: Liver Complications

Ashley Nwosu is one of the stars of Nollywood who has been greatly missed in the movies. For over twenty years, he dominated movie scenes that saw him star in more than 150 films.

Expensive Game, Passion of Minds, Aristo, and Blind Love are among his hit films. He went to Yaba Military Hospital, where he had been diagnosed with problems with his liver. The actor was dealing with these problems for a prolonged period of time before his death, according to the family. On 21 April 2011, he eventually passed away. A wife and a daughter survived him.

2. Name: Sam Loco Efeeimwonkiyeke

State of Origin: Edo (Benin)

Age: 65 years (December 1945 – August 2011)

Cause of Death: Suspected Asthma

Sam Loco Efe is one of Nollywood’s most versatile actors and has distinguished himself for many years as a rare talent for both television and stage drama. The Enugu-born thespian was actually editing a yet-to-be-titled film, created by Bayelsa State-born Favour Ogosi in Owerri, Imo State, contrary to claims that he was on the spot when he passed on. Although it is generally unknown what the cause of his death was (as no autopsy has been released to date), as canisters of Ventolin inhalers were found beside him in the hotel room where he stayed, it is attributed to an asthmatic assault. For his dramatic antics and his ability to add comedy even in the most mundane circumstances, Sam Loco Efe, who acted in more than 200 films, was admired. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

3. Name: Geraldine Ekeocha 

State of Origin: Imo

Age: 56 years (1955 – 2011)

Cause of Death: Cancer of the Liver

Although the death of Sam ‘Locomotive’ Efe was still morning for Nollywood, death struck again. It went for a woman this time in the person of Geraldine Ekeocha. On September 4th, when her death was announced, Nollywood was surprised. At the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, she was said to have died of liver cancer, leaving 7 children, 6 girls and 1 boy behind. A celebrity in her own rights and a good one at that, in all the years that she was a public figure, she was not one to court controversy. Geraldine is on the Facebook Honor of Nollywood greats, produced by Adeola Wellington of the School of International Trade & Economics and Rebecca Paris-Widget, as a great actress deserving of honor (HSU HH). She has appeared in over 100 films, including The Plain Truth, Strong Wind, After My Heart, 7 Graves, and so on. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

4. Name: David Ihesie 

State of Origin: Delta

Age: 73 years (1939 – 2012)

Cause of Death: Arthritis 

On a very sad note, the Nigerian film industry began the year 2012 as it seemed the spirit of death was not yet finished with the industry. David Ihesie, a veteran actor, was the survivor this time as he passed on after a long struggle with arthritis in his Enugu home. The sad incident that occurred on January 19, 2012, was the latest in the series of deaths that became a routine event in the movie photo industry.

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5. Name: Pete Eneh

State of Origin: Enugu (Udi)

Age: Unknown

Cause of Death: Leg Amputation (November 2012)

The unfortunate thing about Pete Eneh’s death is that it was the result of insufficient medical treatment. The veteran thespian had been hospitalised at the Park Lane Hospital, Enugu, months before his death.

His leg had to be amputated, on the recommendation of physicians, to avoid the spread of the infection to other parts of his body and to save his life. But the latter was never the case, as he died in the same hospital a month later. This prompted the Fiberesima Ibinabo-led Actors Guild Of Nigeria (AGN) to announce the birth of the health system of actors to cater for those who are unable to afford medical care. Pete Eneh appeared in many interesting blockbuster Nollywood movies, including, among others, Lonely Life, Divided Kingdom, Price of Ignorance, Heavy Rain, By His Grace, Naomi, Not Your Money. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

6. Name: Enebeli Elebuwa

State of Origin: Delta

Age: 65 years (February 1947 – December 2012)

Cause of Death: Diabetes Induced Stroke

The next death that occurred in Nollywood within a short period of time was Enebeli Elebuwa. On Wednesday 5 December 2012, Andrew, as he was popularly called, finally “checked out” of this life. He suffered a massive stroke and, in June 2012, was flown to India for medical attention. He, however, couldn’t make it through it and died at the age of 65 in the hospital. At Victoria Court Cemetery, Ajah, Lagos, he was laid to rest. Famous in over a hundred films, some of them include Royal War, Bent Arrows, Heart of a Soldier, Against my Blood, A Can of Worms, Abuja Top Ladies, Abuja Link, A Prize to Pay, City of Kings, Last Dance, etc. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

7. Name: Justus Esiri

State of Origin: Delta 

Age: 70 years (November 1942 – February 2013)

Cause of Death: Diabetes

Another tragedy struck the Nigerian entertainment industry when the death of the award-winning star, Justus Esiri, was announced. Esiri, aged 70, died from complications of diabetes at a hospital in Lagos on February 19, 2013. He was an Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) and one of the African film industry’s powerful men before his death. Following his role in the famous TV series, Village Headmaster, he rose to prominence and contributed a great deal to Nollywood’s development, as it is known today. He has appeared in several films, including Wasted Years, Forever, The Price, Six Demons, Power Corridors, Last Night, The Dictator, Assassin Practice, Twin Sword, Hold My Will, etc. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

8. Name: Amaka Igwe

State of Origin: Enugu (Udi)

Age: 51 years (January 1963 – April 2014)

Cause of Death: Asthma 

An accomplished author, producer, director, entrepreneur, and the instructor was Amaka Igwe. As the creator and producer of award-winning TV soap Checkmate and its offshoot Fuji House of Commotion, she entered the national limelight. Until her death, with her films on celluloid, Amaka was one of the remarkable film directors of Nollywood and one of the few contemporary filmmakers. Her ventures in Nollywood include Rattlesnake and Violated, To Live Again and Full Circle, etc. In 2011, in appreciation of her contribution to Nollywood and the nation at large, she was awarded the National Order of the MFR (Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) by the then President, Goodluck Jonathan. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

9. Name: Clem Onyeka 

State of Origin: Imo

Age: 37 years (1977 – 2014)

Cause of Death: Stray Bullets 

In the gunfire between the Nigerian police and armed robbers in Asaba, Delta state, Clems Onyeka was killed by a stray bullet. According to sources, before attacking it at DBS Road by U & I Base, the robbers trailed a bullion van from the Benin/Asaba Expressway through Summit Road, but they were engaged in a shooting by the police during which Onyeka was caught in between while driving with a colleague to a movie venue. As his career started to pay off, he died, leaving a mother, a wife, and three children to mourn his death. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

10. Name: Muna Obiekwe 

State of Origin: Anambra

Age: 36 years (1978 – 2015)

Cause of Death: Kidney Disease 

The news of the death of Muna Obiekwe was, for some reason, a bombshell for Nollywood stars and all Nigerian movie watchers. The Nollywood actor based in Enugu, who starred in countless movies, died after a long battle with a renal-related ailment that he kept hidden, even though he could no longer afford the treatment. He had been really secretive about it. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

He had been fighting kidney failure for about 6 years, according to his doctor. Muna was so private that even members of his immediate family and friends were unaware of his illness, and it was later learned that he was married with two children. He has appeared in over 200 films, including The Phobia, Scarlet Woman, Not Man Enough, Golden Jewels, Destiny Call, He Lives In Me, and many more. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

11. Name: Peter Bruno

State of Origin: Delta

Age: 60 years (1955 – 2015)

Cause of Death: Stroke

Peter Bruno jnr., the son of veteran actor Peter Bruno, announced the death of his father in the early hours of Friday, May 1, 2015, with the following post on Facebook:

My dad, mentor, teacher, confidant, passed on in the early hours of today,” he wrote.”

While the cause of the sad event was not further detailed, he said it was due to complications resulting from the stroke he suffered five years earlier. After he was struck with a stroke, the veteran thespian who was a dominant force on the screens in the 80s and 90s vanished from the scenes and complained in 2013 that his industry colleagues had deserted him, an allegation that seems to be recurring with every ailing actor/actress under the AGN. 11 Nollywood Stars You May Not Believe Are dead

See also: 9 Nollywood Actors and Actresses Who Died In 2020

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