9 Nollywood Actors and Actresses Who Died In 2020

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9 Nollywood Actors & Actresses Who Died In 2020 – Death, as we all know is imminent. He doesn’t have any respect for any man or woman. In 2020, the Nigerian film industry, commonly known as Nollywood, reported about nine deaths. In this post, I will share with you 9 actors and actresses from Nollywood who died in 2020. In January 2020, the Nigerian film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, began documenting the deaths of its practitioners with the death of actress Jennifer Omole, who died on January 3, 2020.

Therefore, I present to you 9 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2020 after careful study and analysis.

9 Nollywood Actors and Actresses Who Died In 2020

1. Chizoba Boye

After receiving the news of the demise of the veteran actress and filmmaker Chizoba Boye, who died on 10 May 2020, the family of Chizoba Boye and the motion picture industry in Nigeria were thrown into mourning. Following a brief illness, the actress died. Chizoba Boye is the wife of Sam Boye, a veteran Nollywood filmmaker, and she was a frequent face on the ‘Tinsel’ television series. She was a strong advocate for Nollywood Igbo and will be remembered for her groundbreaking role in Bondage, Checkmate, Scandals, and other top hit films in Nollywood. She was also a producer and presenter, aside from her role in Tinsel. A star feature on DSTV’s Igbo Channel was her Igbo comedy series, ‘Ka Anyi Si Ebi. Set in modern-day Lagos, it was the first Nigerian Igbo Series. Whilst her husband directed it, she produced the drama series.

2. Jennifer Omole

On 3 January 2020, at the age of 33, the Nigerian actress, Jennifer Omole, passed away in Spain. The following evening, at Villarejo de Salvanes, Madrid, she was buried. The sad news about the death of Jennifer was shared on Instagram by her close friend and colleague, Uche Ogbodo. Omole was a member of the chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Spain, where she was based, although her friends revealed that she had recently moved to the UK. She hailed from the state of Edo. Jennifer was a movie producer and the CEO of JennisFilms Production Ltd. before her death. Together with Uche Ogbodo, Jibola Dabo, Daniel Lloyd, and a host of other Nollywood actors, she produced ‘Stolen Vow’. With Uche Ogbodo and the late actress as executive producers, ‘Stolen Vow’ premiered in the UK, Spain, and Switzerland.

3. Emilia Dike

Emilia Dike, the popular Nollywood actress, reportedly collapsed and died on 20 May 2020 in Enugu State. The news of her demise was confirmed by Okechukwu Oku, the popular Nollywood movie director. On his official Instagram account, he announced her death, stating that he was really saddened to hear the news. He said in his post: “Why is death taking away the best people??????” I’m confused. On my 2 last projects, I just filmed with Mama here, eager to release it and this awful news today. A woman with a golden heart, Aah noooo. Mrs. Dike, I’ll miss you. Nollywood’s got a gem lost in you. This is messed up. Emilia Dike has appeared in hit movies such as Ignorant Couples, Dust of Yesterday, Kings Guard, and many more in Nollywood.

4. Toyosi Arigbabuwo

Ace Yoruba actor Toyosi Arigbabuwo died after fighting an undisclosed disease for over six months on 13 January 2020 at his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State in the southwestern part of Nigeria. Several Yoruba movies have featured the veteran actor. He devoted his life to the promotion of Islamic religion, particularly in the Oyo State local government area of Ido in the south-western part of Nigeria, where he lived until his death. He was the PRO of Apete-Awotan-Ayegun and surrounding areas of the Muslim community in Oyo State, Nigeria. On 14 January 2020, the chairman of the Muslim Community in Apete-Awotan-Ayegun and the surrounding area, Abdulwaheed Amoo, confirmed his death and burial.

5. Juwon Awe

Yoruba Actor, Juwon Awe, was killed by bandits in Ote, Kwara State in the southwestern part of Nigeria on Monday, 27th January 2020 according to a police report. The news of his death was announced on the night of the incident by his colleague, Ibrahim Chatta, using his official Instagram handle. The deceased was murdered by armed men while traveling from Ilorin with a female actor, Toyosi Adesanya, according to Ibrahim Chatta. He wrote: “He was promising and young, full of hope.” As a continuity manager and a driver trying to make ends meet, Juwon Awe worked in my industry. Today, while driving with a well-known female actor, Toyosi Adesanya from Ilorin, he was attacked and murdered by three Fulani and Yoruba armed bandits.

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6. Frank Dallas

Frank Dallas, the veteran Nollywood actor, and production manager, dies after suffering cardiac arrest in his hotel room on 19 February 2020. The actor who was commonly referred to in movies as “Adedibu” or “Killer” allegedly died while attending a summit in Umuahia, Abia State. The deceased, who came from Ohafia in Abia State, was the former public relations officer of the Lagos chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). In an election held in 2019, Monalisa Chinda Coker defeated him to emerge as the AGN national PRO. Dallas, who was renowned in Nollywood movies for his action roles, started his acting career in the early 90s. In movies, he often starred alongside Jim Iyke and Hanks Anuku. ‘Emotional Pains’,’ A Night to Remember’,’ Back II Back’,’ Blind Love’,’ Sweet Love’ and ‘Hit The Street’ were some of the films he featured.

7. Pa Kasumu

After a prolonged battle with heart failure, veteran Nollywood actor Kayode Odumosu, popularly known as Pa Kasumu, died on 1 March 2020. The renowned thespian died in Lantoro, Abeokuta, Ogun State, in a private hospital. The 66-year-old veteran, born Ilesanmi Olukayode Olugbenga Odumosu in Ibadan on March 16, 1953, began acting as a teenager. His debut role was ‘Iyawo Orun’ in a stage play in 1968. He featured in his breakout play titled ‘Omo Ekere’ in 1969.

In the Yoruba movie industry, Pa Kasumu was a household name until he went off the radar when he was down in 2013 with Biventricular Heart Failure. Pa Kasumu said in an interview with The Punch in December 2019 that his sickness was of a spiritual nature. All he needed was fervent prayers and not financial assistance from well-wishers and well-meaning Nigerians, the popular Yoruba actor said.

He said, “Doctors just say their own things.” They said I was experiencing a partial stroke. My left side and, to some extent, my sight was affected. In 2017, after he got back from a medical trip to India, Pa Kasumu’s health worsened. In 2016, the condition of the actor became so severe that his family members moved him from his home in Abeokuta to the residence of his elder sister in Aseese, an Ogun community located off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Odumosu admitted that soon after returning from India, where he went to receive treatment for a heart-related ailment that also affected his eyesight and memory, his health deteriorated in 2015. Babie Á (2003), Jesu Mushin (2002) and Sàngó are some of his memorable works: The Legendary African King (1998).

8. Gbenga Ajumoko

Gbenga Ajumoko, a veteran Yoruba filmmaker and actor, died on March 22, 2020, after fighting with a chronic ailment. Since 2019, the actor cum scriptwriter has been reported as critically down with a chronic ailment. For over 6 months, Ajumoko was in a hospital in Sagamu Remo where he was diagnosed with Diabetes and Hypertension. He was only quietly treating the ailments until things got worse for him. Later on, he was transferred to a private hospital in Ibadan Garage, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, where he died. Before he died, Ajumoko worked as a production manager, actor, writer, and movie director. Known as Enikeji (2017), Agbere (2017), Yeye Efun, Wound (2019), Ako Okuta, some of his works include (2018).

9. Alkali Matt

On 24 March 2020, Nollywood actor Alkali Matt, popularly known as Dareng, died while filming on set. Matt passed on at around 7 pm “suddenly while he was filming on a set for an epic film in a village near Keffi,” Dimbo Atiya, who shared the news of his death on Facebook, said. Matt is popular for his role as Dareng in the “Halita” African Magic series. However, controversial journalist Kemi Olunloyo claimed the actor died because he had contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award.

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