The Nigerian Film Industry was not spared from the turbulence that rocked the ship of 2016.
The industry witnessed several deaths of top rated artistes, that graced local and international scenes. Some of which are:
1. Bukky Ajayi (82):
An unnamed caterer has been called out on social media for designing a cake that looked like an ‘adult baby’ as against the demand of the customer.
This cake was designed to suit the occasion of a baby-shower that recently took place in the United States of America. The cake was designed in the form of a baby lying in his baby cot.
As seen in the photo, the scary baby image carried an adult’s face. Social media users are of the opinion that they might turned down the offer of eating from from the cake.
Meanwhile, the customer, an American entertainer who paid a whooping sum of $400 has rejected the cake made as a gift for his newborn nephew.
In his words:
“I’m mad as shit. This bitch charge me 400 for this cake. I told the bitch make a cake of my newborn nephew and this bitch made me cake of a nigga that look like he play the saxophone”
Veteran Nollywood actress Bukky Ajayi died on July 6, 2016 after an unsuccessful battle with heart-related issues. Her big break into Nollywood was her role in the Village Headmaster in the 70s.
In March 2016, the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) awarded her with the 2016 ‘Industry Merit Award’.
2. Veteran Actor,
Festus Aguebor. Festus Aguebor, died on February 23, 2016.
His cause of death was undisclosed and was a shock to all his fans.
He was known for his roles in Igbodo and Family contract. He is believed to have been in his 70s.
3. Actor, Fred Ebhoria Ekata:
Fred died on May 17, 2016 from a kidney related disease which plagued him for a year and left him bed-ridden.
He loved to play elderly roles in Nollywood films.
4. Actress, Henrietta Kosoko (53):
According to report, Mr. Sarafa Lasisi and his entire family – wife and three children died in a drastic fire outburst in Koko area of Kebbi state. A brother to the deceased confirmed the sad story.
One whole family gone…this is heartbreaking. RIP!
Actress Henrietta Kosoko, wife of veteran actor Prince Jide Kosoko died in June, 2016. She died in R-Jolad Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos.
She became famous after her lead role in the Nollywood film, Omolade which was produced by her husband.
5. Yoruba actor, Abdul-Lateef Titilope Ashimiyu aka Alfa Lateef:
Nollywood Yoruba actor, Abdul-Lateef Titilope Ashimiyu aka Alfa Lateef died in June, 2016. He was known for his roles in Odunlade Adekola’s movies.
He died as a result of Malaria.
He was buried in at his family house in Ile Egbaunta, Agunpopo area of Oyo town.
6. Actor, Isiaka Adewale Najeem.
An avoidable tragedy has occurred in a South African community after young people watched their friend die thinking she was joking.
Tshidi Ngwenya, a 19 year old teenager who passed matric with 4 distinctions and was due to study medicine collapsed and died in Pretoria while her friends looked on and cheered thinking she was doing the viral #DeadPose challenge.
According to Live Monitor, Tshidi Ngwenya, who had earlier posted a series of pictures performing the challenge, had decided to step it up a notch and perform a daring pose while her friends cheered and took pictures. The maneuver did not go as planned at she fell to the ground and collapsed.
Her friends did not pick up that she was in distress and continued to cheer and take pictures. After a few minutes of cheering and taking pictures, the friends realised their dead poser was not moving and checked on her and noticed she had choked after swallowing her tongue.
Friends tried desperately to revive her as they waited for paramedics to arrive. Upon arrival of an ambulance, she was pronounced dead. The girl’s parents said she had a history of seizures and might have suffered one while performing the #deadpose.
South Africans have taken to Social Media to pose as if they’re dead for the camera. Search for the hashtag online and you will find endless photographs mostly youngsters pretending to be dead. Some of the photographs are very graphic in nature and have angered users online.
An Ambulance spokesman said: “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the ambulance crew, nothing could be done to save her. If her friends had noticed early, she would be alive now”
Actor Isiaka Adewale Najeem died on August 7, 2016 at a church Lagos.
His cause of death is still a mystery and he was buried the same day.
7. Elder Maya Martins Njubuigbo:
On September 30, beloved veteran Nollywood actor Elder Maya passed away after months of battling with a liver illness.
His death was announced by fellow actor Yomi Fabiyi was the first to reveal it on Instagram.
8. Mulikat Adegbola:
Veteran Actress, Mulikat Adegbola popularly known by her stage name Ashabi Iya
Adinni passed away on December 3, 2016 after a brief illness.