The year 2017 claimed some of the Nigerian film industry’s finest.
Nollywood lost quite a number of talented actors.
While these famous actors have passed away, their legacies live on through their movies and performances.
A look at movie stars who died in 2017.
1. Moji Olaiya
The actress, who kicked off her acting career with
Super Story’s “No Pain No Gain” and went on to become an actress and producer, died of cardiac arrest » on May 17, 2017, at the age of 42.
Her death was announced on May 18, 2017, by the founder of Best of Nollywood Awards, Seun Oloketuyi.
2. Olumide Bakare
The veteran actor passed away » in the early hours of Saturday, April 22, 2017, following a prolonged battle with a respiratory disorder.
He was announced dead on arrival at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. His demise was confirmed by Nollywood actor, Saidi Balogun.
Popular for “Oromodie,” “Edun Ara,” “Gbogbolomo” and more, Bakare’s journey into acting was influenced by a TV set bought for him by his parents in 1959.
3. Adeshina Adesanya
Popularly called ‘Pastor Ajidara’ , the actor passed away days after it was revealed that he was battling a kidney failure » condition.
His demise came in the middle of calls for financial support led by his colleagues, Bolaji ‘Mr. Latin’ Amusan and Yomi Fash Lanso .
Adesanya was popular for his roles in the movies, “Agbeku abela” (2009) and “Ologbo Iya Ijebu” (2007).
He passed away on May 7, 2017, at the age of 62.
4. Alhaji Kasimu Yero
The “Cock Crow At Dawn” actor passed away at the age of 70. He died at his house on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in Kaduna State after a protracted illness.
His death was confirmed by his son Masur Yero .
The veteran was buried after the funeral prayers that took place at the Sultan Bellow Mosque on Sunday, according to Islamic rites.
5. Adebayo Faleti
A renowned journalist, poet and actor, Adebayo Faleti » passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the age of 86.
He was a renowned journalist in his prime having taken up top management positions at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) in the role of a General Manager and also as the Film Editor and Librarian at the National Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, Oyo State .
He was laid to rest on Friday, September 8, 2017.
5. Okwy Chukwujekwu
Comic actor Okwy Chukwujekwu , popularly known as
Main Bossman , passed away in September.
The “Men of Wisdom” actor passed away in Anambra State, following an asthma attack.
His death was confirmed by fellow actor, Odira Nwobu.
Chukwujekwu was laid to rest on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
6. Prince James Uche
On March 8, 2017, Prince James Uche, who was popular for his roles in classics such as “Igodo” and
“Lost Kingdom” passed away.
Before his death, the actor had battled » kidney disease for over two years.
7. Obi Madubogwo
Popular for his role in “Conspiracy,” Obi Madubogwo announced in 2016 that he was in need of public support for his health » . »
He had just come out of coma after a toxic battle with a diabetic wound, and was in need of financial support for a surgery, tests and medications to avoid amputation of his leg.
Unfortunately, the actor died on Monday, August 28, 2017 » , and was laid to rest on November 10, 2017.
8. Funke Abisogun
Yoruba Nollywood actress Funke Abisogun Alhassan passed away in October.
According to actor Tunde Ola Yusuf, who shared the news on Instagram, the actress passed away a few days after giving birth to her baby . »
An actress and a producer, Abisogun owned the production house Funke Abisogun Heritage Links, and was married to filmmaker Taofeek Al Hassan Abisogun.
9. Victor Eze
Victor Eze Okwuchukwu, who played Alika in the popular TV series, “Fuji House of Commotion,” passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, after a long battle with stroke.
The late Eze was an actor, dancer and writer, known for “Stigma” (2013), “Widows,” “Beyond Reason,” “Baby Guards 2” (2005), “Changing Faces,”
and “Together as One” (2003).
10. Adeshina Adesanya
In May, Adeshina Adesanya, popularly known as Pastor Ajidara’ who had been diagnosed with a kidney failure » condition, passed away.
Before his death, Adesanya was the governor of the
Association of Theatre Arts and Movie Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Ogun State .
He was also popular for his roles in the movies,
“Agbeku abela” (2009) and “Ologbo Iya Ijebu” (2007).
May their souls rest in peace.