The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) paid a condolence visit to the family of late Nollywood star Rachel Oniga, commiserating with the bereaved while recalling her contribution to the entertainment industry.
The visit took place on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, and among those present were the Vice-President of the guild, Chief Femi Branch, actors Segun Arinze, Victor Osuagwu, Femi Durjaiye, and the AGN President, Lagos Chapter, Emeka Rising.
AGN Vice-President Femi Branch signing the condolence register
In a condolence letter presented to the family of the late star by Branch, the guild recalled the "indelible accomplishments" of the deceased while pointing out that she lived a good and exemplary life, leaving a good legacy that will always be remembered.
The guild prayed that God would give the family, friends, and family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Part of the condolence letter reads: "Her lifetime was marked with indelible accomplishments through her dedicated service to the growth and development of the motion picture industry also known as Nollywood.
Members of AGN at the residence of the deceased
"We are however comforted with the fact that she lived a good and exemplary life and also left good legacies on the sands of time and would forever be remembered.
"We, therefore, join others to pray that God will give the family, friends, fans, and all those left behind to mourn her the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
"May God grant her soul eternal rest in peace in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen."
Actor Victor Osuagwu signs the condolence register
Members of the guild who were present at the condolence visit spoke with AllNews Nigeria, pouring encomium and revealing the different ways she impacted their lives.
Actor Femi Durojaiye had this to say about the deceased: "We were close. She was my sister, she was my friend, she was one of the people that could talk to me frankly, and call me and say 'Femi, Femi, you know.
The late Rachel Oniga
"And she was a thespian's thespian, very knowledgeable about her craft, very committed, a true role model for actors."
On the family members left behind, Durojaiye added: "They should take heart and they should continue in the stead of our late sister.
"They should be forthright, they should be committed to whatever they're doing. They should be strong. Our sister Rachel was a very strong woman. They should be strong.
"And I pray that the Lord will keep them and help them for the rest of their own journey too."
The Guild hands the condolence letter to the family of the deceased
The Vice-President of the guild, Chief Femi Branch called the late star a "pillar", saying, "When I say that Rachel Oniga is a pillar, I'm not using it in the past tense.
"It is because she has left an enduring legacy. This is somebody that played the role of an elder to the hilt. Whenever they was any issue or anything, Aunty Rachel was at the forefront.
"I remember when we were having the Lagos State elections... Aunty Rachel was one of the reasons where we had the model election in the Actors Guild of Nigeria.
Members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria at Oniga's Residence
"That was the kind of person she was. She was always here, there to make sure that things were working, to make sure there was peace...
"She fought for peoples' rights. She was somebody that defended you. Rachel would defend you. Once she believes in your cause, she would stand and defend you.
Femi Branch and other members of the AGN at Oniga's residence
"So, the Actors Guild of Nigeria is in deliberations right now to see what we can do. We celebrate every life but there are some people that have made such an impact in the industry that their passing cannot be allowed to go just like that.
"Definitely, we're in deliberations and you will hear that plans, just like I assured the children in there that the legacy of their mother will never be forgotten by the AGN. And that is a promise that we intend to keep."