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Charles Novia Defends Recently Deceased Nollywood Actor Muna Obiekwe’s Secret Habit

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Charles Novia Defends Recently Deceased Nollywood Actor Muna Obiekwe’s Secret Habit

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Jan 22, 2015 – Charles Novia Defends Recently Deceased Nigerian Actor Muna Obiekwe’s Deadly Habit 

I never really met him nor knew him personally but I admired his acting skills onscreen whenever I watched the movies he featured in. He was an actor who had a panache beyond comparison in many of his roles. I always thought he was damned good.

That he is dead is a sad reality. That he died at all when he lived and still lives in our hearts and on our screens is the painful jolt to our systems. Because in Nollywood, actors (and good ones too, in Muna’s mould) never really die. They only transcend to another place where, perhaps, the ovation they receive over there gives lasting peace to their souls.

What can one really say about Muna? I never knew much about him and perhaps many people did not as well. He seemed to live a life less glimpsed in personal details than that more appreciated on the television screens. He seemed to me to be a recluse.

And I might be wrong here but when one reads his body language with the benefit of hindsight, one could begin to piece together a deliberate insulation by the gifted actor from the public eye. And there is nothing wrong with that. Many talented creatives all over the world are like that. But Muna’s case stands out because it seemed like our nosey and sensational entertainment press just could not get anything on him. There were few stories or scandals about him and more reviews about his body of work which is quite the hallmark of an artiste who exploits a mystique around him.

He kept his life private and perhaps, that privacy was as much a tragic flaw as it was a commendable decision, depending on how one views it. He shunned selfies and self-serving instagram posts about material acquisitions. He could well have lied, as most of his colleagues do about his material wealth, just to ‘belong’. But he kept it real. He did. I respect that.

I have read some reports on his death online and while the veracity of such is yet to be final on my part, there were tales of his battle with Kidney Disease for a few years and his weekly Dialysis treatments which he hid from the public all these years and known only to his close family. It was reported that he shunned all entreaties by those in the know to raise funds for him through a public appeal and preferred to plan a stage show which would have helped him out of the medical financial demands. If that was indeed true, it was quite unfortunate. Because I believe there would be few souls who would not have donated to a Save Muna fund, if only to help in giving the actor a second lease of life.

Other reports say that he was a heavy drinker of hard liquor and smoked a lot and there were assertions that these must have caused his health issues. There’s nothing much to say about that. Artistes generally imbibe in habits which act as a counterbalance to the demands of their jobs. How a man smokes and drinks should not be anyone’s worries. It is the self-moderation switch in the artiste which should be scrutinized when such happens rather than what he does in his leisure.

There was no doubt that Muna was a great actor. But he came across, to me, as one who had more of a brooding disposition all the time off camera than one with a happy mien. He was more of a mystery as a soft-spoken actor with a scowl and while that attribute in a better clime would have added to his personal brand power, over here it (that mystery about him) alienated him somehow from the fawning fans.

Muna was a damn good actor, really! And I do not think his death is a closing of the final curtains of his act.



  1. Anonymous

    January 22, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Well said Charles. Muna’s time was short, but he made a long lasting impression on all that watched him act. May his soul rest as we all await our turns.His exit was through the effects of his habit of drinking and smoking. No one knows the exit strategy, but when it is time, go we must – suddenly, old age or illness. Everyone has a date. He answered the call on his assigned date.

  2. Hmmm

    January 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Oga lectural all dis grammar nah for who? Nonsense. Jos go and make good useful tin wit ur time joor

  3. sharton

    January 22, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    What a great lost muna rest on.


    January 22, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    I Want To Be A Member Of Nollywood

  5. Cynthia Mark

    January 22, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    I think they should let the dead rest in peace !
    For the fact the he was quiet and reserved person, does not mean
    People who did not, could not and probably will never understand his personality should start insinuating
    And fabricating all sorts of stories, theories about his personal life and cause of death.
    There is no direct link between KIDNEY diseases TO alcohol/smoking MEDICALLY!
    Kidney disease / kidney failure of which there are many causes of these IS NOT meant to be a disease of the young( I mean apparent healthy young individuals). Where this is the cause like in Muna’s case and other cases: it needs to be investigated thoroughly and a solution/ preventive measures assumed!
    I think Nigerians, Govt and the Health sector should look into THIS rather than the long stories and waiting for it to happen!
    Muna was a great actor of unusual repute and integrity and will be MISSED greatly

  6. fairjudge

    January 23, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    @ Cynthia Mark how can you said ”there is no direct link between kidney disease to alcohol/smoking medically ”Really? which medical school did you attend?Do you know this a public forum where many educated people visit? please keep your ignorant away from the pages of internet.

    • Yb4real

      January 25, 2015 at 2:32 AM

      @Fairjudge well said. She needs to start by googling Liver cirrhosis and Lung cancer and by the way am sure she’s not deaf when tobacco company’s broadcast smoker’s are liable to die young on radio and television.

  7. fairjudge

    January 23, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Do you know everything we eat are metabolized by the liver and excreted through the kidneys,do you know how intoxicated alcohol/smoking is to your kidneys? I do not want to go into the properties of alcohol/smoking,because there will be no space to write. Then think of what those things will do to a failing kidneys. just a food for soul,go back to the drawing table.

  8. Olami

    January 23, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace…
    He was one of d few actors I hv so much respect for…
    2 bad it had to end this way..lesson 4 all
    A problem shared is half solved………….

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