It’s obviously not a good year for the movie industry as, within three months, the industry has lost over five movie stars. Just when the industry thought they had heard enough news of movies stars passing on, more sad news keep coming up. Just when the industry is yet to recover from the stars that died at the early part of this year, other names just keep coming up and the industry can’t help but pray to God Almighty to intercede and put an end to the untimely deaths in the movie industry.
Frank Dallas died on 19th February 2020, after suffering cardiac arrest in a hotel room. He reportedly died in Umuahia in Abia State while attending a summit. He was once the Public Relation Officer of Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) before actress Monaliza Chinda contested and defeated him and emerged winner for 2019. Frank Dallas before his death is known for his renowned roles in movies. He started acting in the early ’90s and featured in movies like Emotional pains, A Night To Remember, Back to back, Blind Blood, Secret love, Hit the Street amongst others.
Gbenga Ajumoko, this popular Yoruba actor died on the 22nd March 2020, after battling with a chronic ailment, he was hospitalized for months in Ogun State where he was diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension when it got worse, he was transferred to a private hospital in Ijebu ode still in Ogun State where he eventually died. Before his death, he was an actor, writer, and director. He was also popular for movies such as Yeye fun, wound, Ako Okuta Agbere, and others.
Young and talented actor Alkali Matt fondly called Dareng died on 24th March 2020. According to Dimbo Atiya who shared the news, the actor passed on at around 7 p.m., suddenly while he was filming on a set for an epic movie in a village near keffi. Before his death, he was known for his role as Dareng in the African magic series titled “Halita”.
Chizoba Bosah, she is famous for her role in the movie Living in Bondage, she died on Sunday, May 10th, 2020, after battling with diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure, according to reports. She is equally famous for her role in the series such as Checkmate and most recently Tinsel. She died at age 52years and survived by her husband.
Patience Oseni died on February 17th, 2020 in Calabar cross river state. Her daughter Augusta Akomolafe confirmed the news to Mr Emeka Rollas, National President of Actors Guild of Nigeria. She started acting in 1995, where she starred in the film Deadly Passion. She rose to prominence in the late 90s with her role in the film End of the wicked, where she played dual roles.
Rasheed Abu, an actor cum movie producer died on 16th April 2020. He died at Ikorodo General Hospital Lagos. Though it was reported he died of Covid-19 his best friend debunked the story. According to him, he slumped and he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead and was buried according to Muslim rites the following day.
Yomi Obileye, a veteran actor died Friday 24th April 2020, popular standup comedian Gbenga Adeyinka announced his death through a special tribute on his IG page. He died of an undisclosed ailment. Before his death, he was known for his role in Tade Ogidan’s movie titled Hostages in 1997. as well as the series, Palace. His younger brother Taiwo Obileye is also a famous actor cum broadcaster and popular for his role in Chief Daddy.