Fasasi Olabankewin who was inspired by the late Duro Ladipo, started acting before he finished primary 6. This is a great loss for the industry as Fasasi was one of the few veteran actors the industry had left.
This is coming weeks after it was announced that veteran Nollywood actor, Toyese Onifade Oloyo lost his life. According to reports from Yoruba Movie Gist.com, the actor was down with a stroke and he lost the battle three weeks later. Oloyo who was also known as a drummer is said to have kicked the bucket on May 5, 2019, and he was buried the next day in Ibadan, Oyo state according to Islamic rites. Yoruba Movie Gist.com further reported that the late actor was the first to play the Nigerian national anthem and pledge with a Dundun talking drum.
Not long after this, another death followed suit. Reports claim that popular Yoruba Actor, Gbolahan Adio Majester died May 7th 2018.
The actor died after a long battle with diabetes after the once plump, robust and chubby Majester became a shadow of himself. He was said to be in intensive treatment for years and spent all he had on the ailment. An investigation by Giraffe Global revealed that while the deceased was still alive, his wives started sharing his properties while he was still alive for fear that he wouldn’t survive. The late Adio Majester joined the acting industry in 1969 and has worked with superstars like Clarion Chukwura, the late Olumide Bakare, late Sam Loco among others.
This painful news hit Nigerians just a few months after Babatunde Omidina aka Baba Suwe and Fadeyi Oloro were said to be suffering from strange ailments. From all indications, it looks like the Yoruba movie industry is the worst hit with the plague of death in 2019. The question still it the same. What can be done to reduce the death rate of these Nollywood actors who resort to looking for money when terminal illnesses hit them? What is the solution?
This is clearly a great loss. May his soul rest in peace. Please share your thoughts on this with us in the comment section below.