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January 6, 2018 – Photos: Names Of 16 Nollywood Actors And Actresses Who Died Last Year

2017 will forever remain a memorable year in Nollywood as the movie industry lost 16 thespians to the cold hand of death.

See their names, the date they died and how they died below.

Toyin Majekodunmi

The Yoruba movie industry recorded its first death of 2017 on January 2 when Toyin Majekodunmi aka Iya Kike, died.

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She was the first Nigerian entertainer to pass on in the outgoing year.

Ibrahim Bauni

Kannywood producer, Ibrahim Bauni died on February 17 after a brief illness.

Buni spent 20 years in Kannywood film industry and had produced films like ‘Kalubale’, ‘Harafin So’, ‘Rumaisa’, and ‘Sarauniya’, among others.

Prince James Uche

After a protracted battle with diabetes and kidney ailment, veteran Nollywood actor, James Uche, died on March 8.

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He passed on in an ambulance while on his way to undergo dialysis.

Moji Olaiya

Olaiya who delivered a baby in Canada in March died in that country in May and was given a befitting burial.

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The 42-year-old star actress was the ‘daughter’ of legendary Nigerian highlife maestro, Victor Olaiya.

Modupe Oyekunle

Nollywood actress, Modupe Oyekunle died on April 5 after giving birth to her third child, a girl.

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Olumide Bakare

Veteran Nollywood actor, Olumide Bakare died on April 22 after a failed battle with a heart and lung disease.

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Samuel Adesanya

Seasoned Yoruba actor, Samuel Adesanya popularly called Pastor Ajidara, died on May 7.

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The 62-year-old thespian had solicited for financial support of N12 million from the public, following his doctor’s recommendation that he would need a kidney transplant to survive.

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.

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Adebayo Faleti

Renowned broadcaster, poet and actor, Adebayo Faleti, passed away on July 23, 2017, at the age of 86.

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Obi Madubuogwu

Popular for his role in ‘Conspiracy’, Obi Madubuogwu announced in 2016 that he was in need of public support for his health.

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Unfortunately, the actor died on August 28, 2017 and was laid to rest on November 10, 2017.

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.

Okwy Chukwujekwu

Comic actor, Okwy Chukwujekwu popularly known as Main Bossman, passed away in September.

The ‘Men of Wisdom’ actor died in Anambra State following an asthma attack.

Friday Ugwu

Actor and movie producer, Friday Ugwu was reported to have been involved in a fatal accident along Lagos-Badagry Express Road in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

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Funke Abisogun

Yoruba Nollywood actress, Funke Abisogun-Alhassan passed away in October.

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The actress died a few days after being delivered of a baby.

David Nwajei

Nollywood actor, David Nwajei also known as Davo died during the year after a brief illness.

Tunde Oloyede

Producer and director of the defunct television drama series, Village Headmaster, a few weeks ago died in his sleep at his residence in Festac Town, Lagos.

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May their souls  rest in peace.



  1. Berry blue

    January 6, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    May Almighty grant them all eternal rest

  2. J. B. Hunter

    January 6, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    SO SO SAD! So much tears had been shed in many homes with eyes ladden with much sorrows and heavy hearts last year
    RIP to the deads.

    NG, tell us more about those who hit milestone in their careers to clear our mood.

    Just strolling…

    • NG

      January 6, 2018 at 8:56 AM

      Noted. Thank you

  3. queen

    January 6, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Well, Nigeria has lost legends. May the Almighty God grant them eternal rest in Jesus name.

  4. fifelomo

    January 6, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    May their souls rip.

  5. vicky

    January 6, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    so unfortunate, may God grant them eternal resto


    January 6, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    May The Souls Of All The Faithful Departed Through The Mercy Of God Rest In Perfect Peace……Amen

  7. Lola O

    January 7, 2018 at 11:53 PM

    Peace be upon their souls. Still missing Moji Olaiya, daughter of Daddy Victor.

  8. Arinze

    January 18, 2019 at 5:47 AM

    May they souls Rip

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