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Celebrity Deaths In 2021: Remembering Nigerian Icons Who Died In 2021

Celebrity Deaths In 2021: Remembering Nigerian Icons Who Die

Celebrity Deaths In 2021: Remembering Icons Who Died In 2021

The year 2021 saw not just the global pandemic called COVID-19 but people mourned the demise of a number of Nigerian celebrities.

The Nigerian entertainment industry did suffer some serious setbacks as these entertainers breathed their last, leaving significant voids in the entertainment industry.

Here is remembering them as the year comes to an end.

Nollywood Actress Chiemeke Ngozi 

Fast-rising Nollywood actress Chiemeke Ngozi was been shot dead by unknown gunmen at Boji Boji Owa in Ika North East Local Government Council of Delta State.

Ngozi Chiemeka

According to The Guardian, the actress was killed along Deeper Life road in Boji Boji Owa town and sources in the area disclosed that they heard gunshots but before they could get to the scene, the gunmen had fled.

The reason behind the assassination remains unknown as of the time of filing this report but it was gathered that the corpse had been deposited at the mortuary. READ MORE

Veteran Actor Baba Suwe

Veteran actor Babatunde Omidina aka Baba Suwe was among the major celebrities who passed away this year. His passing was confirmed by his son, Adesola I. Morenikeji Omidina on his Instagram page.

Baba Suwe

“This is to announce the sudden death of my father Mr Babatunde Omiidina. The legend and rare gem 'Babasuwe' 11/22/21. Other details will follow shortly! 

"May your soul rest in perfect peace Dad,” he posted. READ MORE

Sunny Ade's Wife Risikat Adegeye

Risikat Adegeye

Honourable Risikat Ajoke Adegeye, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, and wife of the legendary musician, King Sunny Ade died on September 21, 2021.

According to a statement released on behalf of the family by George Folarin Olawande, Adegeye died after a brief illness. 


Nollywood Star Victor Olaotan

Veteran Nollywood actor Victor Olaotan passed away at the age of 69 on August 26, 2021.

Victor Olaotan

The news of Olaotan's demise was confirmed by his wife who disclosed that he passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

He had been incapacitated after being involved in a car accident in 2016. READ MORE

Sir Victor Uwaifo

Veteran musician Victor Uwaifo has died at the age of 80. He reportedly died on Saturday, August 28, 2021, in Benin City.

Victor Uwaifo

The multi-talented icon was also a songwriter, sculptor, and professor. Family members say they are in a terrible shock but will provide an official statement in due course.

Uwaifo was renowned for his mastery of the guitar and the flute. READ MORE

Yusuf Grillo

Veteran Visual Artist, Prof. Yusuf Grillo was confirmed dead due to COVID-19 complications on August 23, 2021.

Yusuf Grillo

Gboyega Grillo, son of the deceased, confirmed the development to newsmen in Lagos.

Grillo was 86 years old.


Nollywood Actress Doris Chima

On August 16, 2021, it was announced that Doris Chima, a veteran actress, had passed on after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 63 years old.

Doris Chima

News of Chima's passing was confirmed by the chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, Emeka Rising.

The actress was also a founding member of the AGN Lagos chapter and a former vice-chairperson. While confirming her death, Mr. Rising said: ‘‘She has been suffering from breast cancer for more than six years. READ MORE

Actor Stanley Rabbi Okoro

Stanley Rabbi Okoro

Nollywood star Stanley Rabbi Okoro died on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. His death was linked to food poisoning.

His friends and colleagues took to social media to mourn his passing. READ MORE

Veteran Nollywood Actress Rachel Oniga

In the early hours of Saturday, July 30, 2021, news filtered in that Veteran Nollywood actress, Rachel Oniga, was dead.

Not much has been disclosed about her passing but reports say it is linked to a heart-related ailment.

Rachel Oniga

According to Goldmynetv, who shared the news on Instagram, it was revealed that the veteran actress had only a few days ago, still shot some scenes in a movie in Mowe, Ogun State, before her demise. READ MORE

Sound Sultan

Popular Nigerian musician, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan was been reported dead on July 11, 2021.

News about his death was made known to the public in a statement signed by his brother, Dr. Kayode Fasasi.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of multitalented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi, aka Sound Sultan," Dr. Fasasi wrote in the statement. READ MORE

Nollywood Actress Rachel Bakam

The Nigerian movie industry lost yet another performer in the person of actress Rachel Bakam who passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Rachel Bakam

Reports reveal that Bakam died in a private hospital in Abuja on Tuesday after a brief illness. She leaves behind a son.

Following her demise, individuals, family, and friends have posted messages of tributes, with Chocolate City founder Audu Maikori writing: "Rachel was a very inspiring woman, sister and mother - always had a smile, always positive and very very clear about her goals. READ MORE

Veteran Nollywood Actor Bruno Iwuoha

One of Nollywood's veteran actors, Bruno Iwuoha, died at the age of 68 on April 10, 2021.

Bruno Iwuoha

News of Iwuoha's death circulated the internet on Saturday, with reports confirming he passed on after a prolonged battle with diabetes.

According to a statement released by the Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Monalisa Chinda, Iwuoha died on Saturday, April 10, 2021. READ MORE

Comedienne Ada Jesus

Comedienne Mercy Cynthia Ginikachukwu, popularly known as Ada Jesus was reported dead on April 21, 2021.

Ada Jesus

The report of her death came to the fore after she celebrated her 27th birthday on the 19th of April 2021.

Ada Jesus was till her death, a controversial popular Igbo comedienne. She was battling a kidney problem and was receiving treatment in a private clinic in Abuja before she died. READ MORE



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