Lawmakers, Council Boss Mourn Loco Efe


Tributes have continued to pour in over the recent death of ace and versatile actor, Sam Loco Efe, the latest from three lawmakers: James Abiodun Faleke, representative of Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, his counterpart for Epe Federal Constituency, Lanre Odubote; Wahab Wale Alawiye-King, member representing Lagos Island Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly and chairman of Ajeromi/Ifelodun Local Government, Kamal Bayewu.

According to Faleke, “the death of Sam Loco is not only a loss to his family as well as his colleagues in Nollywood, but also to the entire nation. This was a man who has brought honour and fame to the country. We all remember his performance in Langbodo during FESTAC ‘77 which brought great honour to the country. I pray God to give the family and his colleagues the fortitude to bear the loss.”

On his part, Odubote stated that it was the likes of Sam Loco who brought Nollywood to its current enviable status in world’s entertainment circle.

“It is so painful that the country, especially the film industry, is losing him at this most critical period when his experience as well as advice are needed to steer the industry forward. It is, indeed, so painful,” the lawmaker said.

Alawiye-King stated that Sam Loco used to be one of his favourite movie stars in the country.

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According to him, “he has this unique way of interpreting roles that come naturally to him. He was a pioneer of Nollywood and it is tragic that he left us at this critical moment without saying goodbye.”

Bayewu, the Public Relations Officer of Conference 57, an umbrella body of council chairmen in Lagos State, stated that he was devastated when he learnt of the sudden death of the versatile actor, adding, “it is unbelievable that he could just die suddenly like that. He was one of the best that has ever come out of Nigeria and indeed Africa. Many would not forget his role in Langbodo during FESTAC ‘77 in a hurry. He really portrayed Nigeria well and represented the country excellently in all his endeavours. May his soul rest in peace.”

The lawmakers and council boss all suggested that the late actor should be given a befitting burial because he had given his all to the service of the country and as such, “deserves a befitting burial because he had represented the country well.”

“He should be given the best burial possible because the late Sam Loco was a leading light in the industry who has projected the country well,” Odubote and Alawiye-King noted, while Bayewu said that the late actor deserved to be immortalised for his contribution to the growth of the movie industry in the country.

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