Unfortunately, 2019 hasn’t been favorable and kind to due to the several deaths of Nollywood personalities already recorded in the first quarter of the year!
The first five months of 2019 has witnessed at least ten deaths of movie practitioners whose ages range between 30 years and 58 years.
The movie practitioners that have passed away have not only left sad pills on the mouth of the fans of these practitioners but also their friends and colleagues. Nollywood has been put into a mourning mood lately as the industry just lost one of its own. A prominent movie director and a cinematographer popularly known as Mr Henry has died.
He reportedly died in a fatal motor accident while returning home from a nightclub. Henry was an elder brother to another Nollywood practitioner called Image who is into film production. It was gathered that Henry was on his way home from the club in the wee hours of Wednesday, May 8, when the unfortunate incident happened. It was learnt that four people were in the car when the accident occurred. One of the accident victims is reported to be unconscious and currently receiving treatment in hospital.
Confirming his death, Nollywood actress Ayo Adesanya has mourned the death of Mr Henry. She wrote about the fact that she was getting ready to join his movie location when the news of his death filtered in.
This terrible news is coming just a month after a colleague of his had kicked the bucket. President of Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Mr Fred Amata, had confirmed the death of Nollywood filmmaker, Ifeanyi Onyeabo, saying he died while shooting a movie in Jos. Amata said in Lagos that Onyeabo’s death was shocking and unbelievable, and had left him pondering on what may have gone wrong, according to reports.
He, however, could not say the cause of the incident, saying “we are still trying to ascertain what went wrong while at the venue of the film shooting. We do not have the details yet, until we reach the hospital to ascertain the cause of his death. He will be greatly missed by the entertainment industry.”
Pedro Aganbi, former chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos chapter, said that Nollywood had lost an icon who had contributed to the development of the entertainment industry. Aganbi said, “Ifeanyi has been there from the very beginning of Nollywood and he has been a major contributor to the development of the entertainment industry. It is a fall of another ‘Iroko’ and we will surely miss him.”
May their souls rest in peace!