Without any doubt, the Nigerian entertainment industry has done well in 2015 with a lot of successes recorded, both in the music and movie spheres. But despite this, the industry witnessed a series of losses in the year. The Point’s Adeleke Adesanya examines some of the sad losses.
Muna Obiekwe was one of the Nigerian rising movie stars, who rose to stardom having contributed a lot to the movie industry. The sad news of his death was received by friends and lovers across Nigeria on January 18, 2015, after losing the battle to a kidney disease. Muna hailed from Umudioka in Anambra State and was survived by wife and children.
Nollywood actor, Peter Bunor, passed away on May 2, 2015, and was laid to rest on May 30, 2015. The veteran actor died after battling with stroke for several years. Bunor had complained for years, accusing his colleagues, even the ones he mentored in the industry, of abandoning him after he fell ill. “Since this thing happened, there had been no single actor that called me to ask about my condition. It is a shame on their part. Would they say they didn’t know that I was sick?” he had asked while alive.
MUFUTAU ‘AJIGIJAGA’ SANNI
Popularly known as ‘Ajigijaga’, Mufutau Sanni, a veteran Yoruba Nollywood actor, died on Friday, July 31, 2015, at his residence in Agege, Lagos, following injuries he sustained from an accident. He died at the age of 60.
FASHOLA FUNSHO OGUNREMI
Fashola Funsho Ogunremi, popularly known as Inspector Skede, died weeks after the death of veteran Yoruba actor, Ajigijaga. He was well known for playing the role of a police officer, thus the stage name Inspector Skede. Skede was said to have been battling with two deadly diseases, congestive cardiac failure and diabetes. Before his death, attempts were made by his colleagues in the movie industry to raise N2.5m for him to get appropriate medical care.
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