Actress Zainab Balogun loses cousin, Iwelu in collapsed Ikoyi building


Zainab Balogun and late Samuel Iwelu

Nigerian actress, Zainab Balogun is grieving the death of her cousin, Samuel Iwelu, who died in the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi.

The body of Samuel Iwelu who was a UK returnee was retrieved from the rubble of the collapsed building. It has been identified.

Samuel’s sister, Ann Iwelu, had shared the last video he made while entering the structure on Monday, November 1.

Samuel, 35, was said to have come to Nigeria from the UK for a wedding in Abuja. There he met the developer, his friend who told him of a massive structure he was constructing in Lagos.

They flew to Lagos to see the construction. Sadly, that was the last time anyone heard from him.

Taking to her Instagram page, role interpreter Zainab Balogun, described Samuel as “more than her cousin”

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“Dear Sammy, I really don’t know where to start. Sammy I’m going to miss you. More than you could ever know. I wish I could tell you more about what you mean to me. You were more than my cousin, you were my big brother. You took care of me,” she wrote.

“Distance wasn’t enough to stop you. You always looked for me Sam, even when I didn’t want to be found. I admire your vulnerability. Your ability to wear it all on your sleeve. You showed me so much love. All of us. It hurts when I read your messages now. Just when i think I’m done crying, It all comes back. This is hard for us Sam. Really hard!

“You gave SOOOO much of yourself to everyone. Literally poured out like a tap. I’d ask you for 1 and you’ve give me 10. You are the definition of selfless!! I’m going to miss hearing your funny laugh, giant stories and seeing that big smile.

“Yo Tobi, kilonsele!” I won’t hear you say that again or rescue me last minute like you always do. You shouldn’t have gone like this and like we’ve said, they had to take down a whole building Mighty Sam. This will never be ok and will hurt forever.

“I would end this by saying sleep well but knowing you, you’re probably on the move in heaven with a fast car already. Man like Sammy, I really love you brother!”

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