2nd May, 2022
The year 2022 has not been so good for the Nollywood industry, as it is left to mourn the death of young and old actors and actresses. Between January and April, seven actors and actresses have sadly departed to the great land beyond and will never be seen in action again.
1. Lari Williams
Veteran Nollywood actor, Lari Williams died on February 28, 2022 at the age of 81 after a protracted illness.
Williams was educated at CMS Grammar School, Lagos. He was the first actor to ever perform on top of Zuma Rock in Abuja FCT, 1,200 feet high, where he performed his late friend, Maman Vatsa’s poem, ‘The bird that sings in the rain.’
Williams was the first president of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria in today’s Nollywood. He was in the cast of Village Headmaster, Nigeria’s first soap opera. He was in the first home video ever made in Nigeria, titled The Witch Doctor.
He had lectured Theatre Arts in three Nigerian universities – University of Lagos, Lagos State University, and University of Calabar.
2. Shade Akintalor (Oluweri)
On March 1, 2022, the death of popular Yoruba actress, Shade Akintaylor, popularly known as Oluweri Magbojo was announced.
The actress died at the age of 59 in the United Kingdom.
Her family members broke the news of her death but did not announce the cause of her death.
Shade was well known for her dramatic style of makeup, especially her curvy brows.
The veteran actress gained prominence in the movie ‘Oluweri Mabo Ojo’ where she got her nickname.
3. Dejo Tunfulu
The movie industry was left to mourn on April 1, 2022 when the death of popular Yoruba actor, Dejo Tunfulu, with the real name, Kunle Mac-Adetokunbo, was announced He was aged 49.
He was a prominent Yoruba comic actor, writer, and producer.
The late actor, during his lifetime, was famed for playing the role of a clown in movies, bringing laughter and joy to his fans across the country and beyond.