Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Odunlade Adekola Embraces Spirituality Amidst Tragic Loss of Six Nollywood Stars within Three Days

In a deep state of concern and sorrow, renowned Yoruba Nollywood actor, Odunlade Adekola, directed

his prayers towards the heavens, seeking divine intervention to halt the alarming series of deaths that had befallen the Nigerian movie industry.


News had spread like wildfire about the tragic demise of two more beloved stars within the Nollywood community, Wunmi Olowokandi and Chikezie Uwazie. These unfortunate losses marked the fifth and sixth deaths within the industry in a shockingly short span of time, leaving many in grief and disbelief.


Overwhelmed by the mounting tragedy, Odunlade took to his Instagram page to share his heartfelt plea with his followers. He beseeched the Almighty, acknowledging His unquestionable authority, and fervently prayed for God to shut the door on untimely deaths within the movie industry and within the lives of all those involved in it.


The weight of sorrow was heavy, and the list of departed Nollywood stars seemed to grow relentlessly. Among those who had already bid their final farewells were Adedigba Mukail, a veteran Yoruba Nollywood actor known by his stage name Alafin Oro. Alafin Oro's passing occurred on a somber Saturday, May 13, 2023. Throughout his illustrious career, he had left an indelible mark on the industry, celebrated for his philosophical insights and his deep understanding of Yoruba culture.


Another luminary who had joined the celestial realm was Saint Obi, an actor and movie producer whose real name was Obinna Nwafor. Although the news of his demise broke over the weekend, it was reported that Saint Obi had actually passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2023. The 57-year-old thespian breathed his last in the residence of one of his relatives, located on Metropolitan Street in Tudun Wada, Jos. His lifeless body was subsequently conveyed to the morgue at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).


Tragedy struck once again when Murphy Afolabi, a versatile actor and movie producer, met a fatal fate at the age of 49. It was an untimely end that came as a result of a dreadful fall in his bathroom, within the confines of his residence in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Just days after celebrating his 49th birthday on May 5, 2023, Murphy Afolabi breathed his last in the early hours of Sunday, May 14.


The losses within the industry continued to mount, as Tech Sound, a popular Nollywood actor and sound technician known by his stage name, also succumbed to the cruel hands of fate on that same Sunday, May 14. His colleagues, Kunle Afod and Kolawole, broke the news of his passing, adding to the ever-growing list of beloved stars who had departed from the world all too soon.


The Nigerian movie industry was gripped by a pervasive sense of mourning and disbelief as these tragic deaths unfolded. The void left by these cherished actors would be felt deeply, their legacies forever imprinted in the hearts and memories of their colleagues and fans alike. In the face of such sorrow, Odunlade Adekola's prayer served as a beacon of hope, a plea for divine intervention to put an end to the string of untimely deaths that had cast a dark shadow over the world of Nollywood.

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