Family of Veteran Nollywood actress, Rachel Oniga has revealed that she died after battling a heart condition. The family said contrary to report that the 64-year-old died of COVID-19, rather she battled a heart disease for a short period before her demise. A statement by the deceased’s sister, Deaconess Toyin Odusote, stated that there family will announce her burial arrangement in due course.
“With a heavy heart and total submission to God, we write to announce the passing of our beloved sister, mother and grandmother, Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga. She died in a Lagos hospital on Friday 30th July, 2021 at about 10 pm. She died at the age of 64 years old.
“Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died of COVID-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died of heart related issue, an ailment she battled for a short period of time before her demise.
“We accept her sudden transition as God’s design and we see it as a function of a race of life well finished. Painful as it may, we accept it in good faith and total submission to her Maker.
“We, therefore, desire to be allowed to mourn her death privately for now, as we do cause with deep sense of respect for her soul and the glorious life she lived,” her family stated.
Rachael Oniga Tabuno is a famous Nollywood actress, aspiring movie producer and a television personality. She was born on 23rd May 1957 in Eku, a small town in Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria. She is very beautiful, gifted, creative, skillful and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Rachael Oniga is originally from Eku, a small town in Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria, where she completed both her primary, secondary and tertiary education and obtained her both First School Leaving Certificate, West African Senior School Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree.
Rachael Oniga began her acting career in 1993 and joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), shortly after she divorced her husband who left her for another woman. She rose to fame in 1993 after featuring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie titled “Memorial Hospital” a movie that brought her to limelight. She became a celebrity after separating from her husband. Unfortunately her divorcee husband is currently late.
Before settling for acting, Rachael Oniga worked briefly at Ascoline Nigeria Limited, a Dutch Consultant Company before featuring in her first movie titled “Onome” and her most popular Yoruba movie “Owo Blow”. Over the years, she has featured in notable Nigerian films such as Sango, a movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi, produced and directed by Obafemi Lasode.
She has also featured in Wale Adenuga television series “Super Story”. Rachael Oniga is a proud mother of three children. On 5th September 2014, she became a grandmother after her daughter Georgia Oniga welcomed a baby girl.
Rachael Oniga has acted in more than 200 Nollywood movies and television series which include Sango, Senator, Memorial Hospital, Onome, Owo Blow, Super Story, Out of Bounds, Passion of Mind, Power of Sin, Restless Mind, Doctor Bello, 30 Days in Atlanta, Kada River, Agony of a Mother, Died Wretched, The Only Nigerian Girl, etc.
She acts most in English and Yoruba speaking movies. She always play the role of a caring house wife, good mother, mother in-law and sometimes grandmother in Nollywood movies. Apart from acting, Rachael Oniga is also an aspiring movie producer. In 2005, she produced her first film “True or False” a movie about abiku/Ogbanje.
Rachael Oniga in the cause of her acting career has won several awards which include Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Indigenous Actress (Yoruba) at the Best of Nollywood Awards, Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards and Best Actress in a Television/Drama at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
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