Looking back at 2016 one will agree with me that a lot of things happened, both the good, the bad and the ugly. While no one prays for their loved ones to die, death still occurs which is inevitable. In the entertainment industry in Nigeria, we will look at the top celebrity deaths that shook the entertainment industry in Nigeria in 2016.
In 2016, movie stars, musicians, directors and many others in the Nigerian entertainment industry lost their lives and we have compiled a list of prominent individuals who met their end in the Nigerian Entertainment industry.
Below are the top 20 Celebrity Deaths Which Shook The Nigerian Entertainment Industry In 2016.
1. Henrietta Kosoko
The wife of popular Nollywood veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, Henrietta was an actress who graced the TV screens of many in Nigeria. She was believed to have battled diabetes until her demise a week after her 52nd birthday on June 9, 2016.
2. Stephen Keshi
The big boss as he is fondly referred to. Former Super Eagles African Cup of Nations title winning coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi died of cardiac arrest at the age of 54 in the early hours of June 7, 2016.
3. OJB Jezreel
Popular Nigerian music producer and singer, Babatunde Okungbowa popularly known as OJB Jezreel, died at the young age of 49, after a relapse as a result of kidney transplant three years back.
4. Genevieve Nene
She was a fast rising Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nene, died May 3 after a brief illness.
5. Kudirat Ajimati
Died in Ogun state on November 15, 2016.
6. Bukky Ajayi
Popular Nollywood actress, Bukky Ajayi died July 6, 2016 at the age of 82 after battling with a heart-related disease.
7. Elder Maya
The renowned Nollywood actor, Martins Njubuigbo, popularly known as Elder Maya, died in October, 2016 after battling a liver-related ailment.
Popular comedian, singer and songwriter, Olumuyiwa Osinuga, popularly called Nomoreloss, died of typhoid fever on March, 21, 2016.
9. Olamide David
Nollywood young actor, Olamide David, who played the lead role in Foluke Daramola’s movie, Cobweb, died at age 14 on January, 18, 2016 after he was mistakenly kicked in the stomach by another player.
10. Jab Adu
Legendary Nollywood actor, born Joseph Adu and popularly known as Jab Adu, died at the age of 83 at his home town, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
11. Festus Aguebor
The movie legend, Festus Aguebor, died in his early 70s died after a brief illness on February 23, 2016.
12. Mike Odiachi
Veteran Nollywood actor, Mike Odiachi, popularly known for his role in ‘Igodo’ died at aged 51 after a brief illness.
13. Mulikat Adegbola
Renowned Yoruba thespian Mulikat Adegbola, most notably known by her stage name Ashabi Iya Adinni, kicked the bucket after a brief illness on December 3, 2016.
14. Alfa Lateef Itakure
Popular Yoruba Actor and Script writer, Alfa Lateef Itakure, famously known as Alfa Lati died after a brief illness in 2016.
15. Aisha Dan Kano
Popular Kannywood actress, Aisha Dan Kano, popularly called Sima died aged 40 in her house in Gwammaja area of Kano State on the 24th of February, 2016.
16. Afam Chiazor
President of Cinematographers’ Guild of Nollywood, Afam Chiazor died while shooting a movie in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in October 2016.
17. Collins Adeyemi
Former Chairman of Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria, PMAN, Abuja chapter, Mr. Collins Adeyemi died in Abuja after he slumped in July 2016.
18. Fred Ebhoria Ekata
Nollywood actor, Fred Ebhoria Ekata died of kidney disease in May, a disease which he suffered from for about a year.
19. Ceejay Perez
Fast-rising Nollywood actor, Ceejay Perez died in a fatal motor accident in Onitsha, Anambra State on March 31.
20. Sikiru Adeshina
Notable Yoruba film maker and actor, Sikiru Adeshina, also known as Arakangudu, died on February 9 after reportedly making a noise in his sleep.
May their souls rest in peace. We hope and pray that the death rate in Nigeria’s entertainment industry will reduce in 2017.