6 Nollywood Actors And Actresses Who Died In 2023

In this article I will be sharing with you 6 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2023. This guys contributed immensely for the growth of the Nigeria movie industry popularly known as Nollywood. They are dead but their memory still lives on. Quite a lot of Nollywood actors died in the year 2022 including the likes of Adah Ameh, Chinedu Nwadike, Leo Mezie, amongst others. In 2023, the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) has lost another legendary actors and actresses. So therefore, with a heart filled of sorrow I present to you 6 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2023. 

1. Saint Obi

Obinna Nwafor popularly known as Saint Obi was a Nigerian actor, film producer and film director. Saint Obi is known for his roles in Candle Light, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, Festival of Fire, Executive Crime and Last Party. The legendary actor died on 7th May 2023. It was reported that he died after battling an undisclosed illness for several months with no successful treatment. Saint Obi passed on at the age of 57 after a protracted illness. His body was deposited at the morgue at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital. Saint Obi was the favorite of many home video lovers in late 90s and early 2000 before he suddenly stopped appearing in movies. He had featured in over 150 Nollywood movies before his demise.

2. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

The news of her death broke the internet on the 9th of January 2023. The founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is a native of Imo State. She died at the age of 53 at St. Nicholas Hospital Ibeju Lekki, Lagos after battling a heart attack that led to a coma. The deceased started the AMAA event in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state on the 30th of May, 2005. She was also notable for screening Nollywood films at International Film Festivals. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe received quite some honours before her death, including a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by Nigerian government for her contribution to the entertainment industry.

3. Baba Feyikogbon

Chief Sunday Akanbi Akinola popularly known as Baba Feyikogbon was a veteran in the Nollywood industry. He rose into limelight after his role as “Mogaji “ in the TV series “Feyikogbon” which aired on NTA channel 7 in southwestern Nigeria in the 1980s. The deceased actor hailed from Ogun state. Baba Feyikogbon died on 9th January, 2023. He died the same day as Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, which raised concerns among Nigerians as the year was still fresh then. Baba Feyikogbo reportedly died of Kidney failure at the age of 80. Prior to his death, the actor had solicited help from the public in 2019. He noted that his role in the series had only given him fame without money.

4. Femi Ogunrombi

Another veteran actor that Nigerian entertainment industry will miss is Femi Ogunrombi, popularly known as Papa Ajasco. There were controversies over the death of the actor, considering his character in Wale Adenuga’s longtime series. However, it is important to clarify that Femi Ogunrombi is different from Richard Abiodun, the first and real Papa Ajasco. It is worthy of note that the deceased actor, had only stood in as Papa Ajasco at a time in the life of the popular longest-running series by Wale Adenuga Production. Femi Ogunrombi a native of Abeokuta in Ogun State. He rose to fame after taking over the character of Papa Ajasco in 2005 when Richard Abiodun the real Papa Ajasco pulled out of the show. Before his death, he was the director of studies at the Pencil Film and Television Center in Lagos.

5. Favour Daniels

Favour Daniels also known as Omoge died on the 5th of January 2023. The young talented actress and skit maker passed away at the age of 26 after a boating accident. She made name for herself appearing on the TV screen and also having her skits trend on social media before death shortened her dream. Before her demise, Favour Daniels was regarded as one of the fastest rising actress in Nigeria.

6. Fadeyi Oloro

Fadeyi Oloro is one of Nollywood veteran actors that died in 2023. The deceased actor is well-known for his powerful incantation in Yoruba films. Not only incantation, but Fadeyi Oloro also styled himself to appear on TV screens with his face painted in black substances to fully make his character interesting in films. The veteran actor’s death was announced by his daughter, Fasunwon Oluwafunke, on Tuesday, the 7th of March 2023. Fadeyi Oloro died at the age of 66 years old after battling a terminal disease for years. He was a native of Igbara Odo in Ekiti state. He rose to fame after acting in the movie ‘Arelu’ in the late 80s and also appeared in movies like Inubibi, Anike Olufa, and Akoni Mefa, among others.

May the souls of these actors and may the souls of all those that have died rest in peace.

Austine Ikeru
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