Showbiz January 7, 2013 News Summary - Mysterious Deaths Rock Nollywood

   [ Masterweb Reports - Mysterious Deaths Rock Nollywood:  At least 20 top Nigerian movie stars have died in two years. Once reviled as ‘not classy’ and ‘not western enough’ by some Hollywood fanatics, Nigerian movies have over the years crawled into Ugandans’ hearts across all classes and stayed put. The likes of Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Tonto Dike, Ini Edo or Ramsey Nouah, command cult followings in different parts of Africa, Uganda inclusive. So when notable Nigerian stars bow out unceremoniously, it is only natural for Ugandan audiences to join other movie lovers across the world to mourn a string of sudden deaths that have hit Nollywood, in the last two years. Since its …..Read All News Below.

 

Mysterious Deaths Rock Nollywood

 

At least 20 top Nigerian movie stars have died in two years. Once reviled as ‘not classy’ and ‘not western enough’ by some Hollywood fanatics, Nigerian movies have over the years crawled into Ugandans’ hearts across all classes and stayed put. The likes of Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Tonto Dike, Ini Edo or Ramsey Nouah, command cult followings in different parts of Africa, Uganda inclusive. So when notable Nigerian stars bow out unceremoniously, it is only natural for Ugandan audiences to join other movie lovers across the world to mourn a string of sudden deaths that have hit Nollywood, in the last two years. Since its development about twenty years back, Nollywood has had a great impact on the shaping of Ugandan cinema. Sadly, audiences have had to come to terms with the demise of over 20 top Nigerian actors in a time span of less than two years. Polly Kamukama here lists some of the famous deaths that have rocked Nollywood since 2011:

 

Sam Loco Efe, 66

 

Prolific stage/screen thespian Efe succumbed under unclear circumstances in his hotel room at the beginning of August 2011. Police reports later suggested the actor died of acute asthma, as two canisters of ventolin inhalers were discovered at the scene.

 

Ugandan audiences will, nonetheless, remember multi-award winning Efe as the gap-toothed funnyman who appeared in over 200 movies in a career spanning three decades, including the unforgettable Heart of Stone, Open & Close, Husband My Foot and Away Match.

 

Pete Eneh, 68

 

Eneh’s death in November 2012 following a leg infection has largely been attributed to spiritual attacks, ironically in line with roles he excelled at in his screen characters. Doctors at a local facility opted to amputate the actor’s leg after an earlier improper treatment had left it swollen. The operation, however, soured the illness, causing his death.

 

Like Elebuwa, Eneh’s body is yet to be buried. Eneh is most remembered for his fatherly roles in Lonely Life, Divided Kingdom, Price of Ignorance, Heavy Rain and His Grace.

 

Geraldine Ekeocha, 56

 

Veteran screen princess Ekeocha passed away in September 2011 amid a fibroid operation. She is best remembered for her appearances in The King and the Maidens, Heavy Storm, Devine Twins and After My Heart.

 

 
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