8th August, 2011
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has extended his sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of renowned stage and screen actor, Sam Loco Efe, who passed on yesterday.
The President in a statement said he “joins millions of Nigerians who have received immense entertainment, joy and edification from Sam Locoâ€™s enthralling performances over the past five decades, in mourning his death which occurred while he was still actively engaged in a job he loved so much.”
President Jonathan recalled that beginning with his role in the television series, Hotel De Jordan which first aired on Nigerian Television in 1970, and his part in Langbodo â€“ the stage play Nigeria presented for the World Black Arts Festival, FESTAC â€™77, the late Sam Loco remained a leading and dominant figure on the countryâ€™s very vibrant acting scene until his death.
According to the statement, “the President also believes that Sam Locoâ€™s professional accomplishments helped to raise the profile of the Nigerian actor on the contemporary stage.”
He urged members of Sam Locoâ€™s family, his fans across Nigeria, members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, and the entire Nollywood family, many of whom he influenced and inspired to pursue careers as actors and actresses, to take solace in the knowledge that he was a most accomplished artiste, a natural and gifted entertainer who will always be remembered with respect and admiration.
The President prayed that God Almighty will grant Sam Loco peaceful repose.