Death, as we all know is inevitable. It has no respect for any man or woman. The Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood has recorded about nine deaths in 2020. In this article I will be sharing with you 9 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2020. The Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood started recording the deaths of its practitioners in January 2020 with the death of actress Jennifer Omole who passed away on January 3, 2020.
So therefore after a careful study and research I present to you 9 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2020.
1. Chizoba Boye
The family of Chizoba Boye and the motion picture industry in Nigeria was thrown into mourning after receiving the news of the demise of the veteran actress and filmmaker Chizoba Boye, who died on 10th May 2020. The actress died after a brief illness. Chizoba Boye is the wife of veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Sam Boye, and she was a regular face on the television series ‘Tinsel.’ She was a strong advocate for Nollywood Igbo and would be remembered for her pioneering role in Living in Bondage, Checkmate, Scandals, and other top Nollywood hit movies. Aside from her role in Tinsel, she was also a producer and presenter. Her Igbo comedy series, ‘Ka Anyi Si Ebi, was a star feature on DSTV’s Igbo Channel. It was the first Nigerian Igbo Series set in modern-day Lagos. She produced the drama series while her husband directed it.
2. Jennifer Omole
Nigerian actress, Jennifer Omole, passed on in Spain on 3rd January 2020, at the age of 33. She was buried the following evening at Villarejo de Salvanes, Madrid. The sad news about Jennifer’s death was shared by her close friend and colleague, Uche Ogbodo, on Instagram. Omole was a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Spain chapter, where she was based although her friends revealed that she recently moved to the United Kingdom. She hailed from Edo State. Before her death, Jennifer was a movie producer and CEO of JennisFilms Production Ltd. She produced “Stolen Vow” alongside Uche Ogbodo, Jibola Dabo, Daniel Lloyd and a host of other Nollywood actors. “Stolen Vow” had UK, Spain, and Switzerland premieres with Uche Ogbodo and the late actress as executive producers.
3. Emilia Dike
Popular Nollywood actress, Emilia Dike, reportedly slumped and died in Enugu State on 20th May 2020. The news of her demise was confirmed by popular Nollywood movie director, Okechukwu Oku. He announced her death on his official Instagram account, stating he was really saddened to hear of the news. In his post, he said: “Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo. Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today. A woman with a heart of gold, Aah noooo. I will miss you Mrs. Dike. Nollywood has lost a gem in you. This is messed up.” Emilia Dike has featured in Nollywood hit movies like Ignorant Couples, Dust of Yesterday, Kings Guard and many more.
4. Toyosi Arigbabuwo
Ace Yoruba actor, Toyosi Arigbabuwo died on 13th January 2020 at his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State in the south western part of Nigeria after battling an undisclosed illness for over six months. The veteran actor has featured in several Yoruba movies. He had dedicated his life to the promotion of Islamic religion, especially in Ido local government area of Oyo State in the south western part of Nigeria where he lived until his death. He was the PRO of the Muslim community in Apete-Awotan-Ayegun and environs in Oyo State, Nigeria. The chairman of the Muslim Community in Apete-Awotan-Ayegun and environs, Abdulwaheed Amoo, confirmed his death and burial on 14th January 2020.
5. Juwon Awe
Yoruba Actor, Juwon Awe, was killed by bandits in Ote, Kwara State in the south western part of Nigeria on Monday, 27th January 2020 according to police report. The news of his death was announced by his colleague, Ibrahim Chatta, via his official Instagram handle on the night of the incident. According to Ibrahim Chatta, the deceased was murdered by armed men while journeying from Ilorin with a female actor, Toyosi Adesanya. He wrote: “He was young and promising, full of hope. Juwon Awe was working in my industry as a continuity manager and a driver trying to make ends meet. He was attacked and murdered today by three Fulani and a Yoruba armed bandits while driving with a well known female actor Toyosi Adesanya from Ilorin.”
6. Frank Dallas
The veteran Nollywood actor and production manager, Frank Dallas dies on 19th February 2020 after suffering cardiac arrest in his hotel room. The actor who was popularly known as “Adedibu” or “Killer” in movies reportedly died in Umuahia, Abia State while attending a summit. The deceased, who hailed from Ohafia in Abia State was the former public relations officer of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos chapter. Monalisa Chinda Coker defeated him to emerge AGN national PRO in an election held in 2019. Dallas, who was renowned for his action roles in Nollywood movies, began his acting career in the early 90s. He often starred alongside Jim Iyke and Hanks Anuku in movies. Some movies he featured include ‘Emotional Pains’, ‘A Night to Remember’, ‘Back II Back’, ‘Blind Love’, ‘Sweet Love’ and ‘Hit The Street’.
7. Pa Kasumu
Veteran Nollywood actor, Kayode Odumosu, popularly known as Pa Kasumu died on the 1st of March 2020, after a prolonged battle with heart failure. The renowned thespian died in a private hospital in Lantoro, Abeokuta in Ogun State. Born Ilesanmi Olukayode Olugbenga Odumosu in Ibadan on March 16, 1953, the 66-year-old veteran began acting as a teenager. His debut role was in 1968 in a stage play ‘Iyawo Orun’. In 1969, he featured in his breakout play titled ‘Omo Ekere’.
Pa Kasumu was a household name in the Yoruba movie industry until he went off radar when he was down with Biventricular Heart Failure in 2013. In an interview with The Punch in December 2019, Pa Kasumu said that his sickness was of a spiritual nature. The popular Yoruba actor said all he needed are fervent prayers and not financial aid from well-wishers and well-meaning Nigerians.
He said, “The doctors are just saying their own. They said I had a partial stroke. It affected my left side and to some extent, my sight”. In 2017, Pa Kasumu’s health worsened after he got back from a medical trip to India. In 2016, the actor’s condition became so serious that members of his family moved him from his home in Abeokuta to his elder sister’s residence at Aseese, an Ogun community situated off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Odumosu admitted that his health worsened shortly after returning from India, where he had gone to receive treatment for a heart-related ailment that also affected his eyesight and memory, in 2015. Some of his memorable works include Babie Á (2003), Jesu Mushin (2002) and Sàngó: The Legendary African King (1998).
8. Gbenga Ajumoko
Veteran Yoruba filmmaker and actor, Gbenga Ajumoko died on 22nd March 2020, after battling with a chronic ailment. The actor cum scriptwriter was reported to be critically down with a chronic ailment since last year. For over 6 months, Ajumoko was in a hospital in Sagamu Remo where he was diagnosed with Diabetes and Hypertension. He solely treated the ailments quietly until things got worse for him. He was later transferred to a private hospital located at Ibadan Garage, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, where he died. Ajumoko worked as a production manager, actor, writer, and movie director before he died. Some of his works include, known Enikeji (2017), Agbere (2017), Yeye Efun, Wound (2019), Ako Okuta (2018).
9. Alkali Matt
Nollywood actor, Alkali Matt, popularly known as Dareng, died while filming on set on 24th March 2020. Dimbo Atiya who shared the news of his demise on Facebook said Matt passed on at around 7 pm “suddenly while he was filming on a set for an epic movie in a village near Keffi.” Matt is popular for his role as Dareng in the African Magic series “Halita.” However, controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo claimed the actor died because he had contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award.