2017 can be tagged as the most sorrowful year in the Nigerian entertainment industry because the year is not over yet and we have lost a great number of remarkable talents.
The death of these Nigerian celebrities shook the entertainment industry to its core at the time each of their demise occurred. They are however remembered for the legacies they left behind.
1. Toyin Majekodunmi
Toyin also called Iya Kike, whose husband is also an actor was the first death incident that was recorded this year in the industry. Before she launched into her movie career, she worked with the Lagos State Ministry of Information for many years. . she died on 2nd of January 2017 at age 61.
2. Prince James Uche
Veteran actor, Prince James Uche was said to have died after a protracted battle with diabetes and kidney ailment. He had been ill for eight years kidney transplant and eye surgery high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney failure. He gave up the ghost two days after he was supposed to travel to India for surgery.
3. Pastor Ajidara
Actor Adesina Adesanya, popularly known as ‘Pastor Ajidara’ battled a kidney failure condition and passed away days after it was revealed that he was sick.
4. Olumide Bakare
The thespian and a force to reckon with in the industry died after having prolonged battle with a respiratory disorder
Bakare, a veteran actor in the Nigerian film industry died April 22, 2017.
5. Moji Olaiya
Nollywood star actress, Moji Olaiya is the more recent actor that died two months after she gave birth to her daughter in Canada. She suffered from cardiac arrest before she died.
6. Eric Arubayi
West Africa Idol star and top Nigerian gospel artiste, Late Eric Arubayi jnr. died on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital after battling an illness.
7. Royhillz Edozie
Royhills Edozie,the CEO of Lagos Fashion Awards and Most Beautiful Girl in Lagos was diagnosed with perforated ulcer and was recovering before he relapsed. He died on January 30th and was just 28 years old.
8. Nengi FineCountry
Nengi Finecountry is a journalist attached to African Independent Television, who died on Sunday, May 7.
9. Modupe Oyekunle
Fast rising Nollywood actress, Modupe Oyekunle, died in May after giving birth to her third child, a baby girl which survived.
10. Supo Dosunmu
Popular US show promoter, Supo Dosunmu and CEO of Unique promotions who took Dbanj and Don Jazzy on their first major tour US several years back died on Monday, January 16, 2017 in the United States.