Within a month, three notable Nollywood stars have died of various ailments. Nollywood is a sobriquet that refers to the Nigerian booming film industry.
Star actress, Moji Olaiya (42), daughter of Nigeria’s high life music legend, Victor Olaiya was reported to have died on 17 May of cardiac arrest, barely two months after giving birth to her second child.
Olaiya started her acting career with popular Nigerian television show, ‘Super Story’ and went on to become an actress and producer.
Incidentally, all three movie stars lost within a month have been of the Yoruba segment of the Nigeria movie industry. The others are Adeshina Adesanya and Olumide Bakare.
Adesanya, otherwise called ‘Pastor Ajidara’ battled a kidney failure condition and passed away on 7 May. When the news of his sickness broke, his colleagues and fans rallied around to raise fund for his treatment, but it was too late. He acted in movies such as “Agbeku abela” (2009) and “Ologbo Iya Ijebu” (2007).
Olumide Bakare, another veteran actor who died on April 22 was reported to have died from a prolonged respiratory disorder. He was confirmed dead on arrival by doctors at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He featured in movies such as “Oromodie,” “Edun Ara,” “Gbogbolomo” etc.
Last year, not less than 10 popular Nollywood stars were also reported to have passed away; among them actress Bukky Ajayi, actor Festus Aguebor, actor Fred Ebhoria Ekata, actess Henrietta Kosoko, actor Abdul-Lateef Titilope Ashmiyu aka Alfa Lateef, actor Isiaka Adewale Najeem and actor Elder Maya Martins Njubuigbo aka Elder Maya.