In 2016, more than 20 Nollywood actors joined their ancestors particularly in the Yoruba genre and many believe that the year was bad. 2017 has, however, proved not be good either for the make believe sector as many legends in the industry had died during brief illness.
The unfortunate occurrences started on April 22nd, 2017 when Veteran Actor, Olumide Bakare, died exactly 4 years after battling with heart-related disease. The sickness began 4years ago and he was taken to the University College Hospital, (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State where he received treatments for weeks.
The Ibadan-based thespian suffered a cardiac arrest, but pulled through. After a test was conducted, the result revealed that he was suffering from “Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm and Pulmonary Embolism,” both of which has to do with the heart.
A few days after, another star in the industry fell in Abeokuta, Ogun State chapter of TAMPAN, Adeshina Adesanya aka Pastor Ajidara. He died on May 7th in a hospital in Abeokuta a day after he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Meanwhile, his family members and colleagues were already requesting help from Nigerians to ensure his survival before he gave up the ghost.
It was a big shock on May 17th when the sudden death of delectable actress, Moji Olaiya, was announced exactly 2 months after she delivered a baby girl in Canada. Nobody could really say the cause of her death, but reports claimed that she died of an undisclosed attack. She was later buried at Ebony Vault, Alagbon, Lagos. A fortnight ago Nigerian poet, journalist, writer and actor, Adebayo Faleti, joined the league of the dead. The actor, who was also known as a Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and one of the pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), died on the 22nd July, 2017 at the University College Hospital Ibadan.
Barely 48 hours after the death of Pa Adebayo Faleti, another Yoruba actor was reported dead. He is Olurotimi Isaiah Ayinde (aka Abu Olododo) from Abeokuta, Ogun States. Abu, in his life time, was an actor and the first continuity manager of productions in Ogun State.
Though, the real cause of his death is being speculated, but it was learnt that he died on Sunday, 23rd 2017. We pray for God’s protection for our darling actors.
SALAWA ABENI’S SON WELCOMES TWINS IN CANADA
Salawa Abeni’s second son, Sikirulai Olayinka Ilori alias Eskay and Canadian wife Mrs. Lois Ayomide Amoke Ilori welcomed twin boys recently. The boys Taiwo Navid Abdulrahman Oluwatoni Anifowose Ilori and Kehinde Mazi Abdul-Rahim Olaseni Ajisefini Ilori were born in an hospital in Canada last week. Speaking to City People, Salawa Abeni expressed her joy and thanked the almighty God for the safe delivery of the boys.
Sikirulai is the second son of Queen Salawa Ibiwunmi Abeni and Alhaji Kolawole Ayinla Ilori popularly referred to as Alhaji Kollington Ayinla.