2017 was certainly a great year for lots of Nollywood celebrities, but for others, it was filled with sorrow and pain. Just as many celebrated the birth of new babies and marriages, others were in tears as they loose their loved ones to the cold hands of death. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM take a look at few out of the many Nollywood actors who died in 2017.
The death of this Nollywood star actress, Moji Olaiya two months after she gave birth to her daughter in Canada was one of the biggest shock in the movie industry in 2017. She was reported to have suffered from cardiac arrest before she died. In a statement signed by her brother, Femi Olaiya, the family said an autopsy report revealed that she “died of a different cause that can be termed natural medical cause”. Friends and family were on hand to pay her final respect. It was a sad moment for the industry.
The death of Obi Madubogwo who announced in 2016 that he was in need of public support for his health brought tears to many within and outside the industry. Most popular for his role as King Musanga in the 1996 epic, Battle of Musanga, by Gabosky and Chezkay Films, he had just come out of coma after a toxic battle with a diabetic wound, and was in need of financial support for a surgery, tests and medications to avoid amputation of his leg. He latter gave up the ghost. He would be surely missed.
Kidney palava was somewhat a common ailment in Nollywood ever since some notable actors were diagnosed. For Adesina Adesanya, popularly known as ‘Pastor Ajidara’ his case was not different as he battled a kidney failure condition and passed away days after it was revealed that he was sick. Adesanya acted in movies such as: “Agbeku abela” (2009) and “Ologbo Iya Ijebu” (2007).
The thespian and a force to reckon with in the industry died after having prolonged battle with a respiratory disorder.
Bakare, a veteran actor in the Nigerian film industry died April 22, 2017. Mr. Bakare has been sick for some time and reports say aside from suffering low blood flow into the heart, there were also indications of a lung-related disease.
He suffered cardiac arrest earlier in the year and was rushed to the emergency unit of University College Hospital where he was placed in intensive care. He is famous for his role as Chief Koko in the rested TV series, Koko Close. A crossover actor, he also starred alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Hollywood’s Isaiah Washington in Tony Abulu’s 2013 film, ‘Doctor Bello.’
A renowned journalist, poet and actor, Adebayo Faleti, passed away on July 23, 2017, at the age of 86. He was a renowned journalist in his prime having taken up top management positions at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) in the role of a General Manager and also as the Film Editor and Librarian at the National Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, Oyo State. He was laid to rest on Friday, September 8, 2017.
Prince James Uche
Veteran actor, Prince James Uche was said to have died after a protracted battle with diabetes and kidney ailment. He had been ill for eight years kidney transplant and eye surgery, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney failure.
He gave up the ghost two days after he was supposed to travel to India for surgery. The late actor has featured in many movies like “Fair Game” “Stubborn Billionaires”, “Big Boys Club”, “Dangerous Mind”, “Dons In Abuja”, “Town In Danger” and “Rituals” among others. He would be missed by friends, family and fans.
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