Nollywood has lost some of its brightest stars in the past 10 months, with the Yoruba film industry losing 3 super stars within 30 days.

On a closer look, Nollywood lost some veterans who died because they were unable to raise funds to treat their ailments.

Here is the list of actors who brought smiles to several Nigerian homes through the television in the '80s and '90s.

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On January 2,  Toyin Majekodunmi (aka Iya Kike) died. She was the first Nigerian entertainer to pass on in 2017. She was married to a fellow actor, Solomon Majekodunmi aka ‘Baba Kekere’ for 37 years.


After a protracted battle with diabetes and kidney diseaes, veteran Nollywood actor, James Uche, died on March 8. He passed on  just two days to his scheduled trip to India for a kidney transplant and eye surgery.

The actor was famous for his role in Nollywood blockbusters including Igodo, Coronation, Lost Kingdom and The Councillor.


Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Modupe Oyekunle, died during child birth on April 5. She passed away but fortunately the baby girl survived.

Popularly called Oyinbo because of her complexion, the deceased played the prominent role of Sandra in Segun Ogungbe’s blockbuster movie, Ibi Giga.

She was a member of Igi Aloye caucus in Abeokuta, which also produced the likes of Odunlade Adekola.

Meanwhile, veteran Nollywood actor, Olumide Bakare, 65, died on April 22 after a failed battle with a heart and lung disease.

He suffered cardiac arrest earlier in the year and was rushed to the emergency unit of University College Hospital Ibadan where he was placed in intensive care.

The cross over actor who acts in both English and Yoruba films is  famous for his role as Chief Koko in the rested TV series, Koko Close.

He also starred alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Hollywood’s Isaiah Washington in Tony Abulu’s 2013 film, Doctor Bello.


Seasoned Yoruba actor, Samuel Adesanya, popularly called Pastor Ajidara, died on May 7.

Mr. Ajidara, 62, died of kidney failure.

His family were seeking N12 million for a kidney transplant a few days to his death.

Ironically, he was allegedly owed about N4 million by the Ogun State government as a retiree of Ogun State Judiciary.

When Nollywood thought it has seen the worst, popular Yoruba movie actress, Moji Olaiya, passed on in Canada.

The shocking incident occurred barely two months after she welcomed a baby child. She died on May 17 after she reportedly suffered cardiac arrest.

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After being ill for several years, popular Nollywood actor, script writer and producer, Victor Okechukwu Eze died on June 26.

He was popular for his role as Alika in Fuji House of Commotion. While battling stroke, the Lagos-based actor and founder of Vickez Productions,  relocated to his village in the East in 2011.


Veteran Nollywood actor and poet Adebayo Faleti died at the age of 86 on July 23.

He died at 6am on Sunday, July 23, at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Late Chief Faleti happened to be one of the pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV).

The deceased was credited for the translation of Nigeria’s National Anthem form English to Yoruba.

He also translated speeches being made by military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida and Ernest Shonekan, Head of the National Interim Government of Nigeria, from English to Yoruba.

July was nit done yet, it had its eye on another Yoruba Nollywood actor, Olurotimi Isaiah Ayinde.

Popularly known as Abu Olododo, he died about 48 hours after Adebayo Faleti.

Abu Olododo, aged 51, reportedly died in a ‘sitting position’ on July 25.


Nollywood actor, Obi Madubogwu died on August 28 after battling with acute diabetics and foot ulcers.

Madubogwu became well known after he played the lead role in Battle of Musanga.


Popular Nollywood comic actor, Okwy Chukwujekwu, also known as Main Bossman died of a heart attack at the age of 31.

He suffered the attack in the presence of a friend and fellow actor, Odira Nwobu on September 4.


Nollywood Actress, Funke Abisogun AlHassan, who recently gave birth to baby boy is dead. Her husband, Taofiq Alhassan announced the good news of her motherhood on Instagram a few days ago.

Sadly on October 22 her friend, Tunde Olayusuf announced that she had passed on.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace!