BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Our review of 2015 will not be complete without paying tribute to those wonderful men and women Nollywood lost in the course of the year.
Death chose not to look the other way and took these people who had special relationships with their fans, the industry generally and of corse, their friends and families.
We remember you today.
Oronto was the Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Oronto Douglas. He died at the State House Clinic, Abuja on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from what is believed to be cancer-related complications. He was aged 49.
Apart from being a special adviser to Jonathan, he was also his close confidant.
However, away from politics, Douglas had a special relationship with Nollywood. He was a huge pillar of support to the industry and its practitioners. Through Douglas, Nollywood was able to get former president Jonathan’s attention.
The likes of Hilda Dokubo, Segun Arinze, Chioma Ude, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Genevieve Nnaji and AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima were particularly close to him.
Nollywood held a tribute night in his honour on April 28, 2015.
Popular Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe died on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in a FESTAC Town hospital after a long battle with kidney failure. His death threw Nollywood into mourning and his fans could not believe that the light-skinned actor was no more.
Veteran actor, Peter Bunor died on May 1, 2015. He passed away in Asaba, Delta State after suffering from stroke.
According to his son, Peter Bunor Jr, he had battled stroke for about five years before he eventually succumbed to it in the early hours of May 1. He was 60.
Among the many reactions by his industry colleagues was Pete Edochie‘s. “I worked with him a couple of times. He was always a good company to work with. We bear same first name and we got along very well. I will miss him,” said Edochie.
He was buried 29 days after his death, on May 30, 2015.
DEDE ONE DAY
Actor, comedian and singer, Dede One Day died in the early hours of Monday, December 13, 2015.
The native of Mbieri town in Imo state featured in numerous movies alongside stars such as Bishop Umeh and Francis Odega.
Unconfirmed reports had it that Dede collapsed and was rushed to hospital over blood pressure related issue after anchoring two events the day before.
Hafsat Sharada, popularly known as Mai Aya died in the early hours of Tuesday, November 16, 2015 after a brief illness at the age of 80.
Her acting skills and motherly figure makes her someone Kannywood would find it hard to forget. She was also regarded as the oldest Hausa actress.
Yoruba Nollywood actor and event manager, Mufutau Sanni Abdulahi popularly known as Ajigijaga died in July. He was famous for his “gangster” roles in movies and he died at the age of 60 from what is reported to be injuries he suffered weeks earlier in a motorcycle accident.
Popular Yoruba actress and makeup artiste Tosin Abeniade Badmus died on November 30, 2015.
Tosin Badmus’s actual cause of death isn’t quite clear, but several reports claim she had been ill for weeks.