28th December, 2021
In three just three days time, the year 2021 will be history. For the Nollywood industry in Nigeria, 2021 has been a very bad year. This is because 18 actors and actresses could not make it. They have to change their permanent address to the great land beyond, they died.
Almost every month of the year, there have been weeping and wailing as veteran actors and actresses, as well upcoming ones passed on. The year has left bitter tales in the industry.
Below are actors and actresses who died before then end of 2021.
Veteran Yoruba actress, Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi was the first causality recorded from the movie industry after she died on the 5th of January 2021.
Orisabunmi died at age 60, four months after ex-husband Jimoh Aliu, better known as Aworo, died.
Orisabunmi who was a native of Olla in Kwara State died at age 60 at her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State. She was said to have died after a brief illness.
2. Jim Lawson
A famous Nollywood actor, radio broadcaster, and writer, Jim Lawson Maduike passed away on the 9th of January 2021 after complaining of body pains earlier.
The veteran actor later slept and didn’t wake up the following morning.
The Imo state thespian was also famous as voice-over artist, filmmaker, and television personality.
He joined the Nollywood movie industry in 2004 and has since acted in more than 150 movies.
3. David Mela
David Mela was a fast-rising Nollywood actor before death cut short his life on January 11, 2021
According to Idoma Voice, the talented actor was suffering from an undisclosed ailment, and he already took a break from social media for weeks.
4. Dan Nkoloagu
Dan Nkoloagu became the third veteran actor to depart the Nigerian film industry after his death was announced by his son Dan Nkoloagu junior on Facebook on January 23, 2021.
But he died on January 22, according to the post made by the son.
5. Ernest Asuzu
Nollywood actor Ernest Asuzu who had been down with stroke also gave up the ghost on 26th, January 2021.
The news of his death was confirmed by his wife, Jennifer Asuzu.
Ernest Asuzu began his acting career in the ’90s and rose to prominence after he starred in the 1997 Nollywood classic, ‘Rituals’
He was the toast of Nollywood until his career nosedived after he came down with a stroke in 2015, and it affected his speech. He was also bedridden for three years.
6. Victor Decker
Victor Decker was found dead in his apartment on 16 February, 2021 in his apartment. He died at the age of 72.
His neighbour had to break down the door to his apartment before they found his lifeless decomposed body seated in his sitting room.
7. Bruno Iwuoha
The veteran actor died on 10 April, after losing a protracted battle with diabetes and blindness. He was aged 68.
He died at the National Hospital Abuja. Bruno, the Abia state born actor, had been in coma for about three weeks before giving up.
Bruno Obinna Iwuoha acted in many films and also won several awards in his career.
He won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards for his performance in the movie “Sins of the Flesh”.
8. Abiodun Aleja
Abiodun Aleja, dancer, actor and filmmaker died on 22 May at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Before his death, Fubara starred in many Nollywood productions including Smart Money Woman, Castle and Castle, Quam’s money, Royal Hibiscus Hotel and others.
The popular Nollywood actor died on 23 December.
The veteran’s actor’s death was announced by the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ejezie Emeka Rollas.
Obiago is a Nigerian born Nollywood actor, film maker, TV personality and movie producer who has featured in over 100 Nollywood movies.