Though we’re just a week into the first quarter of year 2020, it’s sad the entertainments and arts industry already recorded cases of death.
Gone but not forgotten are the arts and entertainment stars below:
The year 2020 started on a heart crushing note for Nollywood actress, Jennifer Omole’s family, friends and loved ones when she suddenly passed away on January 3, 2020.
The sad news about Jennifer’s death was shared by her close friend and colleague, Uche Ogbodo, on Instagram in a post that read:
“On 3rd January My Dearest Friend @jenniferomole passed on. I’m hurting deep in my heart but only God knows best. Pls say a rest in peace prayer for my girl”.
Before her death, Jennifer was a fast-rising actress, movie producer and CEO of JennisFilms Production Ltd. She had starred in the movie “Stolen Vow” alongside Uche Ogbodo, Jibola Dabo, Daniel Lloyd and a host of other Nollywood actors.
Ace Yoruba actor, Toyosi Arigbabuwo, died January 13, 2020 at his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, after battling an illness for six months. Before his death, Arigbabuwo was a veteran actor who featured in many Yoruba movies including Ogborielemosho and Bashorun Gaa.
He had dedicated his life to the promotion of Islamic religion, especially in Ido local government area where he lived until his death. He was the PRO of the Muslim community in Apete-Awotan-Ayegun and environs in Oyo state.
The chairman of the Muslim Community in Apete-Awotan-Ayegun and environs, Abdulwaheed Amoo, confirmed his death and burial on January 14, 2020.
VINCENT CHUKWUEMEKA IKE
Renowned Nigerian novelist and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu, Anambra State, Eze (Professor) Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, passed away on January 9, 2020 at the age of 88.
Eze Professor Ike, born on 28th April 1931, died at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, after a brief illness.
The renowned novelist, traditional ruler and administrator was the first indigenous registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and the traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Survived by his wife, Professor Adebimpe Ike, the late monarch lost his only son, Prince Ositadinma Ike, on December 16, 2016.
His son, Ositadinma Ike, had married a daughter of a Benin Chief, Osarunwense Eghosa, but the marriage hit rock bottom during the last days of Ositadinma.
Eze Professor Ike’s novels include Toads for Supper, The Naked Gods, The Potter’s Wheel, Sunset at Dawn, Expo ’77 and more.