Today, May 14th, 2023, has been declared a somber day in Nollywood as the industry mourns the loss of two of its own: Murphy Afolabi, an actor, and another unnamed actor who worked behind the scenes.


The news of Murphy Afolabi’s passing was particularly shocking as he had just celebrated his 49th birthday on May 5th. According to reports from Seun Oloketuyi, he slipped on bathroom tiles and lost his life.

Actress Yinka Solomon took to social media to share the news of the unnamed actor’s passing, lamenting the loss of two Nollywood actors in one day. Many in the industry have expressed their grief by sharing dark images on their timelines. Today is truly a black Sunday for Nollywood.

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She wrote, “Haaaaaa 2 people in Nollywood Yah Allah. It’s a black Sunday. We belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return!”

Nollywood artistes, including Adeniyi Johnson, Papa Show, Biola Bayo, Damola Olatunjji, Sam Olatunji, Yinka Solomon, Mercy Aigbe, Kemi Korede and a host of others mourned their colleagues’ death on social media.

Damola Olatunji wrote: “Murphy, but why🥲 we all celebrated your birthday on the 5th of May, not knowing it was you saying goodbye.
Vanity upon vanity-everything we do is ‘vanity’: empty, futile, and short-lived. It doesn’t matter if you’re wise or a fool, ultimately, because everyone ends up dying. Rest on bruv. Sunnnre ooo.”