In this article I will be sharing with you 9 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2021. A sad fact about life is that life comes with death. It will happen to all of us. Death is inevitable and unavoidable. Many people lost their lives in 2021, including some notable Nollywood celebrities. If you are still alive today kindly give thanks to God because it is not easy, it is by his grace that you are still alive today. So in this article I bring to you 9 Nollywood actors and actresses who died in 2021.
1. Sam Obiago
Sam Obiago was a popular Nollywood actor who died on 23rd of December 2021. The filmmaker who has featured in over 100 Nollywood movies and known for always playing the role of a king suffered from a stroke for some time, which has been managed, but sadly he died on the 23rd of December 2021. His death was later confirmed by the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas. The sudden death of Sam Obiago came as a shock to his families, colleagues and fans. He died on the eve of Christmas.
2. Jim Lawson Maduike
Jim Lawson Maduike was a veteran Nollywood actor who died on January 9, 2021. The Imo State-born actor died after complaining of body pains at around 12 pm. Before his death, Jim Lawson Maduike was a famous Nollywood actor, radio broadcaster, writer, voice-over artist, filmmaker and a television personality. He always features as a father, father in-law, husband and grandfather in several Nollywood movies.
3. Bruno Iwuoha
Bruno Iwuoha was a popular Nollywood actor who died on the 10th of April 2021 at the age of 68 years old. The veteran actor died in the early hours of Saturday 10th of April 2021 after a prolonged battle with diabetes. Actress Monalisa Chinda-Coker, who is also the Director of Communications of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), confirmed the news. He always features as a father, father in-law, husband and grandfather in several Nollywood movies.
4. Stanley Okoro
Stanley Okoro was a fast-rising Nollywood actor and a comedian who died on the 11th August 2021 in his hotel room in Maryland area of Enugu State, Nigeria after completing a movie shoot at the age of 28. A close source on Facebook revealed the real cause of his death alleging that the actor passed on as a result of food poisoning. A post sighted online shows that Stanley Okoro fondly called Rabbi died of suspected food poisoning and that has broken the hearts of most Nollywood actors and actresses who have worked with him.
5. Rich Oganiru
Rich Oganiru was a popular Nollywood actor who died on 10th of August 2021. The veteran actor who has been in the Nigerian film industry for more than two decades died on the 10th of August 2021 after being ill for months without funds to cater for his health.. The actor died weeks after he went public with his sickness. Few months ago a video of the late actor looking really sick, lying in his bed and seeking for financial assistance, surfaced online. The video, shared by one of his colleagues, was captioned, “Please, everyone should reach out before he dies.”
6. Seun Michael
Seun Michael was a popular Nollywood actor who died on 11th August 2021. The tragic news of the actor’s death was announced by some of his colleagues, bringing shock to many others. The late Seun Michael who worked closely with Funke Akindele as production manager had reportedly complained of malaria before his sudden death. He died the day he was supposed to hit a movie location for another great project.
7. Rachel Oniga
Rachel Oniga was a popular Nollywood veteran actress who died on the 30th July 2021 at the age of 64. Toyin Odusote, the elder sister of the late actress confirmed reports of her demise and revealed how she died. Mrs Odusote, who issued a statement on behalf of the late actress family, also debunked claims that her sister died from COVID-19 complications. However, she writes to inform the general public that she died from a heart-related issue, an ailment she battled with for a short period of time before her demise. Mrs Odusote also revealed that the late actress died in a Lagos hospital on Friday, July 30, 2021 around 10 p.m.
8. Victor Olaotan
Victor Olaotan was a popular Nollywood actor who died on 26th August 2021 at the age of 69 due to brain injury caused by the car accident he was involved in October 2016. The filmmaker who was born on 17th February 1952 was involved in a motor accident in October 2016 and suffered nervous system injury. He was driving to a movie set when the accident took place around Apple Junction, in Festac, Lagos. Unfortunately, he died on 26th August 2021 at the age of 69.
9. Ada Jesus
Mercy Mmesoma Obi Nnadi popularly known as Ada Jesus was a popular Nollywood actress and Facebook comedian who died on 21st April 2021. She was diagnosed with a kidney-related disease that left her paralyzed in 2020 and using a wheelchair, causing her body to swell, especially her face and stomach. She was later admitted to New Hope Hospital in Onitsha, Anambra state. When her health deteriorated further, she went to ask for forgiveness from Prophet Odumeje, Rita Edochie and other people she offended. On 20th April 2021, she suffered a Cardiac arrest in the night and was rushed to an intensive care unit of Zenith Medical & Kidney Centre where the doctors monitored her, she died the following morning at approximately 7:15 am.
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