The Nigerian entertainment industry, the Nollywood has recorded some celebrities deaths starting from January this year, 2020. Nollywood celebrities have died in the year 2020. These celebrities have contributed immensely to the growth of Nigerian Entertainment industry but now they are no more. This has left everyone asking what can be done to put an end to the plague that has visited the Nigerian entertainment scene but God knows the best.
Many questions are being raised, but only a few people can proffer a solution to the disaster, take a look at the 9 Nollywood celebrities who have passed on in 2020.
Emilia Dike, died in Enugu after slumping in March this year.
Okechukwu Oku, a movie director, who announced her death expressed sadness over her sudden death. He wrote on his Instagram that:
”Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo.
“Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today.
” A woman with a heart of gold, Aah noooo. Will miss you Mrs Dike.
“Nollywood has lost a gem in you. This is messed up’,’
Some Nollywood stars like Uche Ogbodo, Anita Joseph, Belinda Effah, Ken Erics and others have expressed shock at the news of her death.
Dike featured in Nollywood movies such as “Ignorant couples”, “Dust of yesterday”, “Kings Guard”, “Where Money Never Sleep 1 and 2”, and many more. May her soul peace.
On the 11th of May, 2020, the Nigerian music industry lost another actress and filmaker, Chizoba Boye. The late actress was noted for her strong zeal for Nollywood films. She has acted so many films such as checkmate, scandal and living in bondage. The Tinsel actress died after a long battle with diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.
Nollywood actor, who is popular in the Yoruba speaking sector of the industry, Rasheed Abu died early this year, and the details surrounding the death of the actor is not known yet.
Taking to Instagram to announce the death of Abu, fellow actor Yomi Gold mourned the death of “a dear friend.”
Yomi Gold wrote:
“I just lost a dear friend. Death comes when we don’t expect. My prayers to your family and friends. Our moment together as friends will always be special to me. Live forever, Abu.” The news of his death was followed by condolence messages and tributes by other actors in the Nigerian movie industry. The cause of death is unknown.
Another actor whose death sent shock waves across the Nigerian movie industry is Akali Matt who died while filming on set on 24th March 2020. The news of his death was announced on Facebook by Dimbo Atiya who revealed that he was filming on set for an epic movie. He was popular for his role as Dareng in the African Magic series “Halita.”
Veteran Yoruba filmmaker and actor, Gbenga Ajumoko died after battling with a chronic ailment. Gbenga Ajumoko was critically down with a chronic ailment that resulted in his death.
For over 6 months, the Ijebu, Ogun State-born actor was admitted at a hospital in Sagamu Remo where he was diagnosed with Diabetes and Hypertension which affected his two kidneys.
He solely treated the ailments quietly until things got worsen for him and he was transferred to a private hospital located at Ibadan Garage, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Last year, he begged Nigerians, the government and his colleagues to rescue him as he needed millions of Naira to recover.
Born in Ilesanmi Olukayode Olugbenga Odumosu in Ibadan on March 16, 1953, the 66-year-old veteran died on the 1st of March, 2020 after a prolonged battle with heart failure. He went off the radar in 2013 after being diagnosed with Biventricular Heart Failure. In 2019, the actor in an interview with PUNCH said the ailment was of spiritual nature and needed are fervent prayers not financial aid from well-wishers and well-meaning Nigerians. Some of his memorable works include Babie Á (2003), Jesu Mushin (2002) and Sàngó: The Legendary African King (1998).
Nollywood actor and production manager, Frank Dallas died on 19th February 2020. He died after suffering cardiac arrest in his hotel room in Umuahia, Abia state where he attended a summit. Frank who hailed from Ohafia in Abia State was the former public relations officer of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos chapter. Some movies he featured include ‘Emotional Pains’, ‘A Night to Remember’, ‘Back II Back’, ‘Blind Love’, ‘Sweet Love’ and ‘Hit The Street’.
Toyosi Arigbabuwo, died January 13, 2020. The veteran actor who featured in many Yoruba movies including Ogborielemosho and Bashorun Gaa, Odun Baku and was dedicated to the promotion of Islamic religion until his passed on at his residence in Ibadan after battling an undisclosed illness.
33-year-old Jennifer Omole died in Spain on the 3rd of January 2020. She was a movie producer and CEO of JennisFilms Production Ltd. She produced “Stolen Vow” alongside Uche Ogbodo, Jibola Dabo, Daniel Lloyd and a host of other Nollywood actors. The Edo born actress was a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Spain chapter, where she was based although her friends revealed that she recently moved to the United Kingdom.
May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace
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