Beloved Artists Who Passed on in the First Quarter of 2016


Within the first three months of the year, different artists have bid the world farewell in Nollywood and in the Nigerian music industry.

NoMoreLoss, Muyiwa Osinuga


Veteran musician/comedian, and all around outstanding personality – Mr. Olumuyiwa “Nomoreloss” Osinuga, died on the 21st of March 2016.  The singer is known for his hit songs, Iyawo Asiko and Let Them Say. He will forever be remembered not only for his songs but also his good heart because of the priceless role he played as the coordinator of the Save OJB Jezreel Campaign during OJB’s kidney crisis.

The cause of his death is rumored to be typhoid fever.

Mike OdiacheMike Odiache

The Nigerian movie industry has again been thrown into another round of mourning as another actor, Mike Odiache died on Monday, February 15, 2016.

The role interpreter has featured in a large number of Nollywood movies, including the popular flick, Prophet of Doom. He was also known for his role in the much-acclaimed movie, Igodo, in which he was buried alive.


Odiache passed on after a brief illness at a general hospital in the Ikorodu area of Lagos. The exact cause of his death is, however, still unknown.


Veteran Nollywood actor, Festus Aguebor, has been reported dead.

The actor died barely six days after popular actor, Mike Odiachi, was reported dead.

He is remembered for his brilliant delivery of Chief Odeku in the 2002 movie, Family Contract starring Desmond Elliot, Chioma Akpotha, Steph-Nora Okere, Afolabi Bolasodun Makinde, Grace Evaly, among others.

The Igodo actor known for his white beards, before his death left Lagos and relocated to his home state of Edo about four years ago. He was in his 70’s.

JAB AduJ.A.B Adu

Joseph Abiodun Babajide Adu died at the age of 83. His death has marked the end of an era for a generation of thorough-bred actors who distinguished themselves in their chosen career. Jab Adu, veteran producer, was described by Zeb Ejiro as “ a theater legend, someone that helped build the theater in Nigeria that we are all enjoying today. He was a professional to the core and he was very dedicated to his work. We will all miss him.”

No statement was released as to the real cause of his death.

AgbebiSam Agbebi

Sam Agbebi, dies after battling illness for five years – he was a banker and part-time lecturer until his death. Agbebi played the character of Lawyer Iyanda in the foremost TV series which rocked Nigeria throughout the 80s. Another member of cast in the TV series, Chief Dan Imoudu also known as Dagbolu, has offered his condolences. Dagbolu described the late Agbebi as a reliable brother, adding that his death is “sad and unfortunate”.

It was reported that he was ill for about five years or more, nursing a severe leg condition that even led him to quitting his job at the Lagos State University where he was a part-time lecturer.

Philemon IhediwaPhilemon Ihediwa

A Nigerian movie producer and actor, Philemon Ihediwa is dead. The Punch reports that Ihediwa, one of the few Nigerian actors who ventured into Hollywood, was found dead in his American apartment bathroom. Police sources said his bloated body was found in his apartment as he fell on the floor in his bathroom, hitting his head against the bathtub.  He was suspected to have died lonely, from a broken heart and years of pain from being denied a relationship with his children. “He loved those kids. Ihed told me many times that his wife had, through the years, barred his children from visiting him. She set them up against their dad while she was busy collecting heavy child support. That man was a very great man. All he wanted was to be a good father to his children. But his ex-wife was in the way. Now he is gone”.

His body was bloated and near decomposition when he was found in his bathroom. The heat in the apartment accelerated the decomposition process.” The medical Examiner also concluded that Ihed might have died five days before his body was found.

Preliminary findings by Smithfield medical examiner’s office showed that he may have died of a seizure and possible heart attack.

Olamide DavidOlamide David

Child actor, Olamide David is dead. The promising actor came to the limelight from his role in the movie, Cobwebs produced by Nollywood actress, Foluke Daramola. Sadly, he was caught in his prime. The late Olamide David clinched the Best Kid Actor award at the 2014 edition of the Best of Nollywood Awards held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Olamide, who was 14 years old, was said to have died at the General Hospital in Ikeja, where he was rushed to after complaining of stomach pains. The young lad was said to have been kicked in the stomach while playing football with his friends on January 17, 2015.