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10 Nollywood Stars Who Died In 2021



We have barely left the first half of the year, yet Nollywood has been hit with one too many deaths. Nollywood stars who died

Earlier today, some of us woke up to the sad news of yet another star that has gone to the great beyond.

Here, we list some Nollywood actors that we have lost in 2021.


Folake Aremu a.k.a Orisabunmi

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Popular Yoruba actress, Mrs. Folake Aremu popularly called Orisabunmi, died on January 5, 2021.

The veteran actress, who hailed from Olla in Kwara State, died at 60 in her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State.

She was said to have died after a brief illness.

Orisabunmi died four months after ex-husband Jimoh Aliu, better known as Aworo, died.



Jim Lawson Maduike

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Nollywood actor, radio broadcaster, and writer, Jim Lawson Maduike died on January 9, 2021.

The Imo-born thespian complained of severe body pains, slept and didn’t wake up the following morning.

He joined the Nollywood movie industry in 2004 and has since acted in more than 150 movies.



David Mela

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David Mela was a fast-rising Nollywood actor before death cut short his life on January 11th, 2021

The talented actor was reportedly suffering from an undisclosed ailment, and he already took a break from social media for weeks before his demise.



Dan Nkoloagu

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Nollywood veteran actor Dan Nkoloagu died on January 22, 2021.

Nkoloagu, who died at 83, was popular for playing the role of a native doctor in many Igbo movies.

His son, Dan Nkoloagu Jnr, announced his death on his Facebook page.

“IT WAS A BLACK FRIDAY FOR US YESTERDAY as my Dad left us without saying goodbye,” he wrote.


Ernest Asuzu

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Nollywood actor Ernest Asuzu reportedly slumped and died on evening of Tuesday January 26, 2021

He was aged 37.

His wife, Jennifer Asuzu, confirmed the news. The actor came down with a stroke in 2015 which affected his speech. He was also bedridden for three years.

Ernest Asuzu began his acting career in the ’90s and rose to prominence after he starred in the 1997 Nollywood classic, ‘Rituals’



Sadiq Daba

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Veteran broadcaster and Nollywood actor Sadiq Daba died on Wednesday March 3, 2021

He died at about 8:30pm after an unsuccessful battle with leukemia and prostate cancer. Nollywood stars who died

Confirming his death, popular filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, said he spoke with his wife and son who confirmed his passage to him.



Bruno Iwuoha

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Veteran Nigerian actor, Bruno Iwuoha, died after suffering from a protracted diabetes-related complication. He was 68 years old.

Iwuoha died in the early hours of Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the National Hospital Abuja. Nollywood stars who died

The actor breathed his last after suffering from a protracted diabetes-related complication.

In his lifetime, he starred in over 509 films with the most recent being ‘Silent Prejudice’ (2020), produced by Chris Kalu.


Rachel Bakam

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Rachel Bakam died on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 38 years old.

Bakam died at a private hospital in Abuja. Her brother, Armstrong Bakam, revealed that Rachel died at noon with her mother by her bedside.

Rachel Bakam was also a writer, TV presenter, producer and an anti-human trafficking ambassador.


Sound Sultan

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Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan was a singer, songwriter, actor and movie producer.

He died on dead on July 11, 2021 at the age of 44. He died from “a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma”. Nollywood stars who died

Sound Sultan has featured in Nollywood productions that included The Campus Queen (2004); The Washerman (2018); Head Gone (2014).


Rachael Oniga

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Veteran actress Rachel Oniga reportedly died on Friday, July 30, 2021 from a heart-related issue at the age of 64.

Over the years, she has featured in notable Nigerian films such as Sango, a movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi, produced and directed by Obafemi Lasode and Wale Adenuga’s television series, Super story among others.


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