10 Popular Nollywood Actors Who Died In 2023

Amid the glitz and glamor of the Nollywood industry, the deaths of some celebrities left their colleagues and fans in pain and shock.

In no particular order, Niaja News highlights ten celebrity deaths that are rocking the Nollywood industry in 2023.

1. Gbemisola Anjola: The actress passed away on Friday, March 24, 2023 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Gbemi was diagnosed with the disease in 2021 and traveled to Dubai, UAE, for chemotherapy, which lasted about six months.

She returned to Nigeria cancer-free after undergoing medical treatment in Dubai, but on Friday, March 25, 2023, Gbemi complained of headaches and was rushed to hospital, where she died.

2. Baba Feyikogbon: Actor Sunday Akanbi, popularly known as Baba Feyikogbon, died at the age of 80 after kidney failure. The elder statesman and stage actor was in the spotlight in the 1980s and 1990s with his popular weekly sitcom, the Feyikogbon series.

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3. Musiliu Ajikanle: The Yoruba actor, who was the producer of the hit movie 'Mufiu Olosha Oko', died in August after battling a stroke for seven years.

4. Fadeyi Oloro: Veteran Nollywood actor Ojo Arowosafe, popularly known as Fadeyi Oloro, passed away in March at the age of 66.

The Ekiti State-born actor, who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s for his infamous antagonistic character of a dreaded 'Fadeyi Olori', died after a long battle with a kidney-related ailment.

5. Alafin Oro: Veteran Yoruba actor Adedigba Mukail, known by his stage name Alafin Oro, died in May.

6. Saint Obi: Nigerian actor Saint Obi has passed away at the age of 57 after a long illness. The movie star reportedly battled an undisclosed illness for months without successful treatment before moving to Jos, Plateau State, where he died.

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7. Murphy Afolabi: Barely 24 hours after the death of Saint Obi, popular Yoruba actor and filmmaker, Murphy Afolabi, died at his home in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Murphy is said to have fallen in the bathroom of his home on Sunday morning, May 14, 2023.

8. Don Brymo: Don Brymo Uchechi died in his sleep. The actor had collapsed on a film set a day before his death and was rushed to hospital, where he was later revived.

Sadly, Brymo died the next day.

9. Iyabo oko: Veteran Yoruba actress Sidikat Odunkanwi, popularly known as Iyabo Oko, died after battling an undisclosed condition.

10 Adewale Adeyemo: The actor died after a brief illness, a few days after the film industry lost Murphy Afolabi.

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