Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood has lost some of it’s practitioners for the past few years and today I’ll be sharing with you a list of seven Nollywood actors that died while filming on several movie location sets in Nigeria.
These seven Nollywood actors have graced our screen with their wonderful talents before they were called to glory.
1. Okwy Chukwujekwu:
In September 2018, Nollywood lost one of it’s fastest rising star actor and comedian, Okwy Chukwujekwu also known as Main Bossman.
Okwy Chukwujekwu died after having an asthma attack while filming on a movie location, and was buried a few weeks after his sudden death.
Main Bossman was regarded as one of the most talented comic actors in Nollywood, his physical appearance and behavior in movies always make viewers laugh.
Okwy features in comedy movies mostly and knows how to interpret his roles pretty well.
2. Alkali Matt:
Celebrated Nollywood actor, Alkali Matt, who is also known as Dareng, died while filming on set on the 24th of March 2020.
Dimbo Atiya who broke the news of his death on Facebook, said that Matt passed on around 7pm while he was filming on a set for an epic movie in a village near Keffi.
It was also alleged by controversial Nigerian journalist, Dr Kemi Olunloyo, that the actor died because he had contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award.
3. Ezeora Nelson Oluchukwu:
Nollywood star actor, Ezeora Nelson Oluchukwu who is popularly referred to as Nelson Gold, died on a set filming a movie.
Nelson was not only a talented actor, but also a screen writer and a good story teller. His style and concept of interpreting movie roles is what drew a lot of fans to him.
It was reported that the actor slipped into a coma and died at the age of 26, while on a movie set. Nelson has featured in several blockbuster movies in Nollywood and he is known for playing the role of a royal prince.
4. Clem Onyeka:
The death of popular Nollywood actor, Clem Onyeka is what touched many Nigerians as he was an actor loved by all.
Clem was on his way to stardom when he passed away. Though he didn’t die on set, he was on his way to a movie set when he was shot by a stray bullet on the 14th of October 2014 in a crossfire clash between the Nigerian police force and some armed robbers in Asaba, Delta State.
It was gathered that all banks operating in Asaba closed down operation during the cross-fire between security operatives and armed robbers who attempted to hijack a bullion van containing billions of naira.
Clem Onyeka who was just 37 years old at that time was shot by a stray bullet along Summit Express, Asaba, Delta State, while police and armed robbers engaged in a gun battle.
5. Harley Akpo:
Another Nollywood actor who died on a movie set is Harley Akpo. Harley was not just an actor, he was also a movie director and a prolific script writer.
The popular actor died in a swimming pool in Asaba, Delta State, while filming in a movie location.
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Harley’s death was reported by sun newspaper in 2019 and the report stated that he was in a movie location in Asaba, shooting a movie with other crew members when he fell into a swimming pool and drowned since he didn’t know how to swim.
6. J.T Tom West:
J.T Tom West is a popular Nollywood actor who died mysteriously in a car accident on the 28th of September 2006 in Lagos, Nigeria while filming an action thriller movie.
Tom West during his days in Nollywood was described as one of the most rugged actors in Nollywood, due to his role in action thriller movies.
He was buried and honored by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) as an Icon and a legend in the Nigerian movie industry. West died on his way back home from a movie location in a ghastly car accident, and his death was one that touched many Nigerians.
7. Dede One Day:
Celebrated Nollywood actor, Peter Onwuzurike Onyehidelam aka Dede One Day, is one of Nigeria’s best, most decorated and talent comic actor. Dede One Day is also a master of ceremony.
Dede One Day is originally from Umuagwuru Mbieri, a small village in Imo State. He died on the 14th of December 2015, after he slumped while performing at an event in Aba. Abia State.
It was reported that Dede One Day tragic death was caused by complications of hypertension and high blood pressure.