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Nollywood lost some of its notable actors in 2021. Death dealt a blow to the industry and brought tears to the waters in 2021. The spotlight is on some notable industry players who will be missed. call during the new year.
Folake Aremu aka Orisabumni
Death snatched veteran actress Folake Aremu aka Orisabunmi in 2021. The fiery screen goddess who rose to prominence in the ’80s playing Orisabunmi in an “Arelu” television series is believed to have died in her state residence Ibadan, Oyo, January 5. The 61-year-old actress was buried on January 28 in her hometown of Olla, Kwara state. An actress of great credit, Folake earned the nickname of Orisabunmi after deliciously portraying the role of priestess pacifier Orisabunmi in a 1987 television series “Arelu” produced by her former husband Jimoh Aliu, who died in October 2019. She owed more to her. late figure. like Priestess Orisabunmi in most theater and film productions of the 90s. Star of critically acclaimed films such as Yanponyarin and Fopomoyo, the veteran actress will be remembered for her unmistakable role playing, vocals and speech.
Death was a blow to the industry when it snatched famous actress Rachel Oniga away. Tears and tributes flowed when news broke on July 30 that veteran actress Rachel Oniga had passed away. Online news sources said the actress, clearly one of Nollywood’s queen mothers, has died from COVID-19. But family sources have confirmed that the mother and grandmother died of heart disease. An actress of great credit, Oniga’s strength as an actress in Nollywood lay in her ability to star in both Yoruba and English films, a reason why she was loosely described as an actress cross. A native of Eku in Delta State and the recipient of several industry awards, including Best Yoruba Actress by the organizers of THEMA Awards in 1998, Oniga will be remembered for her blissful performances in films such as “Take Me to Mama “,” Onome “,” Owo Blow “,” My Mothers Pregnancy “,” Big Time Chick “,” Kada River “,” Lady in the Forest “and” Naija Christmas “directed by Kunle Afolayan for Netflix.
The light has dimmed on one of the most sought after Nollywood actors of the 90s and 2000s Ernest Asuzu in 2021. Tributes poured in for the actor whose producers made their first choice for an actor who could delightfully live. the role of a boy in love or a villain in a detective film. For most fans of Nollywood movies, a crime, adventure, or romance wasn’t complete without Ernest Asuzu. His skillful handling of crime and romantic roles earned him the nickname “Original Bad Boy” and made him a darling of moviegoers. But the multitalented actor and singer has passed away. 43-year-old Ernest, from Imo State, grew up in Lagos. He was educated in Lagos for the first time and joined the film industry in 1997.
Her first film appearance was in ‘Dirty Game’. It took Asuzu’s performance in “Dirty Game” and a few after like “My Guy”, “Chain Reaction” and “Broad Day Light” by Teco Benson for Asuzu’s talent to stand out. Another pronounced performance in Teco Benson’s “Formidable Force” and other films such as “Passionate Soul”, “Another Campus Tale” and “Power of Trust” earned Asuzu a comfortable entry on the unofficial cast list. recognizable and A-list. Star of a number of Yoruba-language films including “Ogidan” and “Ago Kan Oru”, Asuzu then devoted herself full time to music production and released a 7-track album in November 2020 titled “La truth “. Asuzu reportedly said at the launch that he is back, better and stronger, and is about to make a heavy comeback on cinema turf. But that won’t be anymore because the light has gone out on the beloved Nollywood actor who will be remembered for his breathtaking journey in films such as “My Guy”, “Power of Trust”, “Last Wedding” and “Broad Daylight”.
Nollywood was in deep mourning when news broke that Tinsel actor Victor Olaotan had taken the latest encore. The actor who was bedridden after a horrific car accident he had nearly five years ago died in October. A high-credit actor actor who for about seven years brought real life to the character of Fred Ade Williams in Mnet’s flagship soap opera ‘Tinsel’, Victor who was born in Lagos in the early 1950s studied drama at University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University and Rockets University, USA. An accomplished actor on stage and on screen, Olaotan has made his way into the consciousness of viewers playing the lead role in Tinsel. Only a few episodes of the soap opera that started airing in August 2008 and Olaotan has become a household name. The pace stopping for him in 2021, Olaotan will be missing in 2022.
Prince Ifeanyi dike
The industry had barely heard of the news of the deaths of Rachel Oniga and Victor Olaotan, when news broke again that another veteran actor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Prince Ifeanyi Dike, was deceased. The actor and guild administrator is said to have passed away early on August 27. AGN President Emeka Rollas who broke the news on an industry WhatsApp platform has confirmed that the actor who a few years ago had a successful operation in India was ill. A founding member of the AGN and at one time president of the guild, Dike was until his death the chairman of the board of directors of the AGN. He made a name for himself as a television producer, presenter, and was involved in industry politics before his passing.
Nollywood is still mourning the death of one of its illustrious members Sam Obiago. Popular like Daddy Sam, the actor and creative designer passed away on December 22 after a brief illness. Sam has appeared in over 100 films and was an executive member of the Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria (CDGN). Described as a good guy by his colleagues, Daddy Sam has graced the covers of films such as “The Kings Decision”, “Blood Brothers”, “The Orbit”, “Battle of Kings” and “My Decision”. among others.
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