Nollywood is the film making body in Nigeria which started back in the year 2000 with so many actors and actresses that made it fun. With some actors like, Pete Edochie, Mike Nzeribe, Nkem Owoh, Kenneth Okonkwo, Liz Benson, Nkiru Sylvanus and so many others that played a huge role to see that Nollywood gets to where it is today.
Sadly, some of those stars that started the great Nollywood are all gone but believe me they can never be forgotten as they already have a permanent place in our heart. Today we decided to have a flashback on the memories of the already gone stars. Below are 5 great Nollywood stars that will forever remain evergreen.
Sam Loco Efe
Sam Loco Efe is indeed an icon which will never be forgotten, never in this life, He was born in December 25th, 1945 in Enugu State, he lived almost all his childhood life in Abakaliki In Ebonyi State, though he is said to come from a very poor background as his mother is a petty trader who sales beans cake (Akara).
In 1977, Sam Loco Efe left his mother’s business in pursuit of his career, He went for a movie audition and was selected to take a lead role in Dapo Adelugba’s play tagged Langbodo.
That was when he kicked off his movie career and since then he has been seen in so many movies like;
Aki Na Ukwa
Final world cup
Osuofia In London and My Love.
The sad news of his demise came on the 7th of August 2011, found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning, a room that was booked for him as he came for a movie shoot.
Sam Loco was said to have been having asthma. Ever since then Sam Loco has been in the mind of his good loving fans and followers and believe me, He will forever be remembered.
2. Muna Obiekwe
Muna Obiekwe is indeed another Nollywood star that will never be forgotten, he plays a very good role in the Nollywood industry. His demise came as a shock to the whole members of the Nollywood industry as he was gone so soon. The Actor who is married to his lovely wife, Gift Obiekwe lost his life to the cold hands of death in the year 2015.
Muna Obiekwe has also featured in so many movies alongside other great stars too, below are the movies which he played a great role in.
Men In Love
Not Ma Enough
He Lives In Me
Muna Obiekwe is also said to be the first cousin brother to Yul Edochie.
According to his doctor’s report, Muna has been battling with kidney failure for some years which he hides it away from his friends and family, not even his wife nor kids. Till today the industry still mourns him.
3. Justus Esiri
Justus Esiri is indeed an icon in the Nollywood Industry, winning so many awards to his name. He is also considered as one of the strongholds of the industry.
Justus Esiri lost his life to the cold hands of death on the 19th of February 2013 in Lagos State Hospital where he was diagnosed with Diabetes. Justus played so many important roles in the industry before his demise. Below are some of the movies he was featured in;
Hour Of Grace
Keep My Will.
Justus Esiri was one of the strong pillars of the industry as he was also an Officer Of The Niger (OON) his legacy lives forever.
4. Enebeli Elebuwa
Enebeli Elebuwa is a veteran Nollywood actor and also the father of popular Nigerian musician Don Jazzy, Enebeli lost his life to the cold hands of death as a result of Diabetes Induced Stroke on the 5th of December 2012.
It was an incredible life struggle for him as he could make it after been flew to India for a professional medical check-up. He died at age 65 and was buried in Lagos state Victory Cemetery.
He got featured in so many movies like;
Abuja Top Ladies
City Of Kings
A Price To Pay
Last Dance. etc
5. David Ihesie
Indeed it’s a sad year for the whole members of the Nollywood as they started to mourn another veteran actor at the early year of 2012 as they stand to mourn David Ihesie.
David Ihesie passed on in his place in Enugu after a long battle with Arthritis which he couldn’t make it. The actor who always takes the role of an elder or chief in the Play died on the 19th of February 2012.
Indeed the Nollywood Industry has lost some notable men and women which we still mourn to date and their legacy will never end. Today the Nollywood industry has some newly talented stars which have taken it upon them to continue making us proud.