n this article, there are Nigerian top actors and actresses who were sadly passed away during their acting career in 2021.These people has contributed a lot to the movie industry in Nigeria and to the entire continent in which we can no longer see their new movies on our TV screens.
1. Augustine Okwelum (Double Spanner)
The talented actor passed on 2021 and the shocking news of his death was reported on Facebook on May 5 2021. According to report, the great actor died after battling with a prolonged illness that has put him on hospital bed for many months. The actor has featured countless nollywood movies before his passing at the age of 62.
2. Abiodum Aleja
The veteran actor who is notable for his films such as October 1 (2014), We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2018) and Sade (2019). The actor has passed on 2021 and according to report, the filmmaker was admitted to hospital at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) following a fall at home.
Aleja went into a coma after the fall but was revived days later at the hospital, however, he passed away on Friday May 9 2021.
3. Dokta Frabz
The legendary Nigerian producer who has worked with Nigerian top music stars like Wizkid, Davido and many more has passed on in 2021. The shocking news was announced on Twitter by his fellow producer Sammy Klef on February 2021. The entertainer died in the United States and the cause of his death is still unclear.
Some of his productions including, Thank God by the late Dagrin Da Grin, Joy by Wizkid and many more. In 2014, he was the music director of the 4th season of the Nigeria idol.
4. Benjamin Nwani Okolo
The talented veteran nollywood actor also known as major has passed on in 2021. The actor died after a short illness on 22nd of February 2021. The hero has finally gone to meet our ancestors. His death came many months after he was pictured in a heartbreaking condition in Lagos state. May his soul rest in peace.
5. Rachel Bakam
The talented Nigerian actress and a television presenter passed on in 2021 at the age of 38. According to report, she passed on after a short illness on April 13, 2021 at a private hospital in Abuja. Rachel Bakam has a great movies such as;
The Last Day
The good Son
6. Ada Jesus
Popular Nigerian comedian Ada Jesus has passed on in 2021. The young actress has lost her battle she being battling with kidney disease. The young comedian has suffered a Cardiac arrest in the night and was rushed to the intensive care unit of Zenith Medical & Kidney Centre where the doctors monitored her, she died the following morning at approximately 7:15 on 20th April 2021.
7. Sotonye Green
She the young upcoming nollywood actress who has featured a number of movies and has passed on January 11, 2021 after battling with covid19 at Yaba isolation centre.
She became the first person to have been confirmed killed by the deadly virus (covid19) in Nigeria’s movie industry.
The death of the Rivers born actress was made public by her friend, Debby King who has posted the news on her Instagram page.
8. Folake Aremu
The Yoruba actress popularly known as Orisabunmi has passed on at the age of 60 after a brief illness on January 2021. The actress has played many iconic roles in nollywood movies before her death on 6 January 2021.
This was a great lost to the Nigeria movie industry and the Yoruba tribes. The Kwara born actress dies in four months after the death of her ex-husband, Jimoh Aliu, who was popularly known as Aworo. The president of the Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association.
9. Sadiq Daba
The popular actor is notable for his character as a Victor Wazimi in the movie title “October 21” has passed away on March 3 2021 after a long battle with prostate cancer. In 2017, the actor was supported with fund raising by several Nigerians after he was diagnosed with the prostate cancer.
Many people from the older generation from Nigeria will remember Daba face on top of their television sets when he used to work as broadcaster for Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). By the late 70s his popularity grown to higher level after he appeared on the NTA-produce inside soap opera “Cock crow at Dawn”, as Bitrus.
10. Earnest Asuzu
The famous actor has sadly passed on in January 2021.The actor wife has confirmed the news to the media that, her husband slept and never wakeup. In 2015, the suffered a stroke which has affected his ability to speak and walk. He was later announced in 2016 that, he has been healed by a man of God. In an interview on Wednesday December 2020, the actor said his problem was spiritual.
He also said, he was planning to return to the nollywood and music after overcoming some of his battles but unfortunately, he passed on in 2021.
11. Victor Decker
The popular nollywood actor has passed on February 2021. He was found dead in his apartment by his neighbours and before his passing, the actor has featured several nollywood movies including, If I Am The President, Lotanna, Sons Of The Caliphate and many more.
12. David Mela
The popular fast rising nollywood actor has passed away on January 11 2021 after battling with an undisclose illness. The young actor has featured several nollywood films alongside the top nollywood stars before his passing. David Mela is noted for movies like Indoor Action, A man’s Ego, She is not perfect but I love her, sweet berry, I think I like you, and Romance Night.
He made a breakthrough in the Nigerian Film industry after playing a lead role in the movie titled Romance Night and has produced a couple of movies as well. May his departure soul rest well.
13. Ify Onwuemene
The nollywood actress who was best known for a character of early 2000s TV series named “Every Day People” has passed on 26 May 2021 after a battling with endometrial cancer. They doctors removed her womb, but she was still battling with the sickness for many years. What she added was that, the disease and the treatment that she received before she die.
In 2019, even after eight sessions of chemotherapy, the doctors toll her that she has reached the stage 4. But many were not no sure if they have being given her wrong diagnosis, because she was being still feeling the pains in her upper abdomen and her tummy.
14. Dan Nkoloagu
The popular nollywood actor who is notable for playing chief priest or native doctor in several nollywood movies has died in 2021 following health complications. He was soon announced on his Facebook page after his death. The late actor was a seasoned filmmaker and a retired broadcaster with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria. His movie cred its are; 40 Days And 40 Nights, Okada Man, Warriors Heart, My Vision, Midwife, Royal Doom, Alice My First Lady and Moment Of Tears.
15. Jim Lawson Maduike
The popular nollywood actor Jim Lawson has passed on in 2021. Report claims that the late actor died after complaining of body pains on January 9 2021. The actor has featured many Nigeria blockbuster movies before his death.
16. Rachel Oniga
Top Nollywood actor Rachel Oniga passed on to glory on Friday the 30th of July 2021.
According to family sources, the veteran actress who joined the entertainment industry back in 1993 died at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos last Friday around 10 pm. She reportedly battle heart ailment.
17. Tope Ajogbajesu, popularly known as Taiwo
According to the wife, she noted that the late singer had been an ulcer patient for quite a long time but nobody knew that it is that same sickness that will claim his life.
However, Tope Ajogbajesu’s wife said she is happy because her husband died serving and holding on to the pillar of Jesus Christ. He died 30th July 2021
18. Victor Olaotan
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19 Kunle Agboola
Kunle Agboola, a Nollywood player and record label executive, is dead.
The family made the announcement in a statement signed by Lanre Agboola.
Kunle, 53, was the producer of popular Yoruba programme, Idan Irawo. The Nollywood-themed show ran for several years on DSTV.
Kunle long battled with kidney disease before he died at the intensive care unit of the NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. before he died 15th August 2021.
The versatile artist was born March 1, 1941, and was best known for being a musician, writer, sculptor, multi-instrumentalist and a university lecturer.
The music legend was the winner of the first gold disc in Africa (Joromi) released in 1965 and seven other gold discs for ‘Guitar boy,” Arabade’, ‘Ekassa series’ and ‘Akwete music.’
He was recognised as Nigeria’s most educated performing music legend and artiste with a PhD in architectural sculpture.
He was also the first Nigerian musician to be awarded the National Merit Honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
His nephew, Uwaifo Peter The Rock, broke the news on his verified Facebook page on Saturday evening 28/08/2021.
Uwaifo, who is a gospel artiste and multi-instrumentalist, wrote:
“Daddy whyyyyyyyyyy. Did you leave us now
Prof sir Victor UWAIFO has gone to rest
Black Saturday for me now.
One week now after collaborating with me.”
He, however, did not disclose the cause of his death.
The late singer featured in a track titled “Hallelujah” of his son’s upcoming album about a week ago.
The ‘Guitar boy’ as he was fondly called celebrated his 80th birthday in March.