In this article, I will focus on the unfortunate demise of four renowned actors from the Nigerian entertainment industry that occurred during the month of May 2023.
1. Aminu Muhammad
Aminu Muhammad, widely recognized as Kawu Mala, was a prominent Nigerian actor who made his mark in the Hausa-language film industry, particularly in northern Nigeria. He gained fame through his notable role in the popular TV series ‘Dadin Kowa,’ which aired on Arewa24.
Tragically, Mala passed away on the evening of Sunday, 7th May, 2023. Reports indicate that he had been battling a heart-related illness for several years. The news of his demise deeply saddened the Nigerian entertainment industry and his numerous fans.
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According to Pulse Nigeria, the esteemed Kannywood actor left behind a wife and over 10 children. On Monday, 8th May, 2023, Mala was laid to rest in accordance with Islamic customs at Haye Cemetery in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State. His untimely departure has left a void in the hearts of those who admired his talent and contributions to the industry.
2. Obinna Nwafor
Saint Obi, whose real name was Obinna Nwafor, was a well-known figure in Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry. He made his entry into acting in 1996 and quickly gained recognition as an actor, filmmaker, and movie producer. Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous Nollywood movies, including popular titles such as Candle Light, Festival Fire, Executive Crime, and Last Party, among others.
Tragically, Obinna Nwafor passed away on Sunday, 7th May, 2023, after battling a prolonged illness. It was reported that the actor had recently relocated to Jos, Plateau State before his untimely demise. The news of his passing sent shockwaves through the Nigerian entertainment industry, as colleagues and fans mourned the loss of a talented and respected individual.
3. Murphy Afolabi
On Sunday, 14th May, 2023, the renowned Nollywood actor, whose name has been revealed as Afolabi, tragically passed away due to injuries sustained from a fall on the bathroom floor. The news of his demise was publicly announced by Seun Oloketuyi, the Founder of the Best of Nollywood Awards, as reported by Vanguard Newspaper. The sudden and unfortunate incident left the Nigerian film industry and his fans mourning the loss of a talented actor. The exact details surrounding the incident and Afolabi’s personal information are yet to be disclosed.
4. Chikezie Uwazie
Cjikezie Uwazie, a notable Nollywood actor who had relocated to the United States seven years ago, sadly passed away in May 2023. According to Vanguard News, he died on Sunday, 14th May, 2023, a few days after undergoing his second brain surgery.
Throughout his career, Uwazie had made appearances in several Nollywood films, including Village Destroyer, Last Kiss, and various other notable productions. His talent and contributions to the Nigerian film industry will be remembered by his colleagues and fans.
The details surrounding his passing and the circumstances leading up to his second brain surgery have yet to be revealed. The news of his untimely demise brought a sense of sorrow to the Nollywood community and those who appreciated his work.