Three actors in the Nigerian entertainment industry have been announced dead in the last 24 hours.
It has been a difficult time for Nigerian actors over the loss of their colleagues Murphy Afolabi, Saint Obi, and Adedigba Mukail.
1. Murphy Afolabi
Hours ago, news broke of the tragic passing of Murphy Afolabi.
In a post by his colleague, Tunde Ola Yusuf on his Instagram page, the Yoruba actor was confirmed dead in the early hours of Sunday May 14.
Praying for his soul to rest in peace, he bade the actor farewell.
“We lost a strong Filmmaker Murphy Afolabi….
May God rest your soul bro”.
The Yoruba movie star is said to have fallen in his bathroom and hit his head on the floor leading to his death.
His death is coming a week after he celebrated his 49th birthday on May 5.
Other movie stars like Odunlade Adekola, Biola Adebayo, Iyabo Ojo, Kunle Afod among others have also taken to social media to mourn his passing.
2. Saint Obi
On Saturday evening, May 13, Nollywood actor, Obinna Nwafor, better known by his stage name Saint Obi was announced dead. The sad incident was said to have occurred about a week prior the announcement on Monday, May 7, 2023.
He reportedly passed on after spending several months traveling to the hospital for treatment of an unspecified illness.
According to blogger Moji Delano, a source disclosed that the actor, who he had seen a couple of times and recognized as Saint Obi, had died on Sunday and that the following day, his body was taken to the morgue at Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH. This was after a visit to his sister’s residence in Jos.
Saint Obi is said to have recently relocated to his sister’s home in Jos, the capital of the Plateau State, and has frequently been spotted being transported to the hospital. The fact that Mr. Obi was frequently spotted in the hospital was also confirmed by a source at JUTH.
As of now, no official statement has been released, and it seems that Saint Obi’s sister, Mrs. Felicia Jofu, is deliberately keeping details about his passing under wraps. The status of communication with his ex-wife, Lydia, remains uncertain.
The Imo-born thespian before his demise had featured in over 100 movies.
3. Adedigba Mukail
Few hours before Saint Obi’s death was sadly announced, film actor, Adedigba Mukaila popularly known as Alafin Oro died.
The Actor who was known for his roles in Yoruba films was said to have passed on at the early hours of Saturday, May 13.
Kunle Afod took to Instagram page to share the sad news with photos of the deceased, stating that the whole industry will miss him dearly.
Reacting to the news, veteran actor, Yinka Quadri also confirmed the news, praying that Alafin Oro rests in peace. Actresses Funke Etti and Kemi Afolabi amongst others also condoled in the comment section.
Kunle Afod wrote:
“Another library is burnt down today.
A great philosopher
An icon with so much Yoruba knowledge
A lover of God @alafinoro1
You departed this sinful world early hour of today
May your gentle soul rest in peace.”
We will surely miss you.
We drank from your River of knowledge, we know how important you are. the sad news this morning really broke my heart @alafinoro1 sun re ooo.”