This is beginning to look like a not too pleasant year for Nigerian Entertainers as we’re still mourning the passing away of Goldie, another movie icon, Justus Esiri, has died. According to different sources and his son’s confessions, Justus Esiri’s family lost him to diabetes caused by old age.
He was said to have passed on about 3 hours ago in a Lagos hospital. A source said the now late Justus Esiri has been secretly battling diabetes for a while but his family chose to make it a secret until his sudden demise Monday night at the age of 71.
Last year over four top Nollywood stars including Pete Eneh and Enebeli Elebuwa died. Pete Eneh died of untreated leg infection on November 15, 2012 at a private hospital in Enugu while Enebeli Elebuwa died of stroke on the 4th of December 2012 at a private hospital in New Delhi, India. Just this last week two Nollywood actors died tragically.
A source who claimed the angel of death has visited Nollywood might be proven true with the sudden demise of top Nigerian movie stars one after the other within the past 12 months.
Before his death, Justus Esiri was a member of the Order of Niger (MON). He came into limelight in the early 80’s through the popular Village Headmaster TV series. He has also featured in many interesting Nollywood movies. He also attended Prof. Weners Institute of Engineering, West Berlin, 1967 and the Ahrens School of Performing Arts in 1968. Justus Esiri, detoured into motion picture production in 1968 as a staff of the Schiller Theater, Berlin, Germany, where he stayed till 1976. During the 1977 FESTAC held in Lagos, he choreographed the Modern Dress exhibition.
Esiri: “I am an urhobo man, come from an African aristocratic family. My forebears were educated. My great grand-father could speak English at least. Throughout my whole life God has been very nice to me. “