In this article I will be sharing with you 12 Nollywood actors who died in 2022. In 2022, the Nollywood film industry had a rough year, as it had to deal with the deaths of both young and seasoned actors and actresses. Between January and June 2022, twelve actors and actresses tragically left this life to journey of no return. So, not to waste much of your time I present to you 12 Nollywood actors who died in 2022.
Which Nigerian Actor Died Recently 2022
After a protracted illness, Lari Williams, a renowned Nollywood act0rs, died on February 28, 2022, at the age of 81 years old. Lari Williams was the inaugural president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, which is still active in today’s Nollywood. His first movie in Nollywood was Village Headmaster, the first Nigeria soap opera which was featured on NTA. After which he featured in ‘The Witch Doctor’ which happens to be the first home video ever shot in Nigeria. He taught Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos, the Lagos State University, and the University of Calabar in Nigeria before his demise.
2. Shade Akintalor (Oluweri)
On March 1, 2022, Shade Akintalor, also known as Oluweri Magbojo, a well-known Yoruba actress, died. At the age of 59, the actress passed away in the United Kingdom. Her death was reported by her family, however the cause of her death was not revealed at the time of filling this report. Shade Akintalor was famous for her dramatic makeup, especially her curled brows. The veteran actress rose to fame after starring in the film ‘Oluweri Mabo Ojo,’ which gave her the nickname.
3. Dejo Tunfulu
The death of famous Yoruba actor Dejo Tunfulu, whose real name is Kunle Mac-Adetokunbo, was announced on April 1, 2022, and the film industry was left in sadness. He was a well-known comedian, writer, and producer of Yoruba descent. Throughout his life, the late actor was known for playing the role of a clown in films, bringing laughter and joy to his fans across the country and beyond. Dejo Tunfulu’s acting career began while he was in his early twenties, when he debuted on the television show “Theatre Omode.”
The death of Takor Veronica on March 23rd 2022 shocked the Nollywood industry. Just a few days after her birthday, she was discovered dead in a hotel room in Benue state, Nigeria’s north central region. The actress had her birthday on March 12, 2022. She was discovered dead in a hotel room in the Nyinma suburb of Makurdi, Benue State. The cause of her death is mysterious and no one can actually unravel the real cause of her death.
5. Romanus Amuta
The death of renowned Nollywood actor Romanus Amuta was announced on February 10, 2022. After a protracted illness, he passed away. The veteran actor is known for starring as an elder and title chief in several Nollywood. Sometimes he plays the role of a chief priest and traditional prime minister.
6. Tafa Oloyede
Nollywood actor John Adewuni Adewoye, commonly known as Tafa Oloyede, died on February 2, 2022. At the time of his death, he was 69 years old. He was born on November 19, 1952, and would have been 70 this year. But unfortunately, he died after a brief illness. The actor is known to be featuring mostly in Yoruba speaking movies.
On April 29, 2022, beautiful and gorgeous Nollywood actress, Chinedu Bernard slumped and died while cleaning the Chapel of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu. She was taken to the East Side Hospital in Enugu State, where she was declared dead by doctors. The cause of her death could not be ascertained at the time of filling this report. She was a rising actress who was already approaching mainstream fame when she was met with untimely death.
8. Francisca Choji
While the entertainment industry mourned Chinedu, it was dealt with another blow as up-and-coming actress Francisca Choji’s death was announced. Francisca’s body was found at Rayfield Resort hotel in Jos, Plateau State on May 1.
9. David Osagie
On May 4, actor David Osagie, better known as Sir David, died after filming on set the previous day. His death was announced by his colleague Ngozi Ezeh who noted that the actor was not sick. Sir David was best known for his role as king. Some of his movies include My Sorrow My Pain, Agunna and Lost Battle.
10. Gbadebo Osmond
Nollywood actor Gbadebo Osmond’s sudden death came as a huge blow the movie industry and Nigeria at large. Osmond, who is a Nollywood actor and filmmaker died on 30th May. Gbadebo Osmond has played numerous roles in the Nigerian film industry and is known for Queen Lateefat (2021), Ewon Ife (2021), and Edunjobi (2007).
11. Gbenga Richards
Just a week after, Nollywood undid suffered yet another loss on Thursday, May 12 as veteran actor, Gbenga Richards was confirmed dead after battling an unknown ailment. The once vibrant actor, who was a force to reckon with in the 1990s and early 2000s, according to reports suffered from a series of ailments and raising money for his treatment became difficult because he had fallen on hard times.
12. Olaniyi Raji (Baba Atoli)
Olaniyi Raji, the ace Nigerian actor better known as Baba Atoli, has passed away after battling an undisclosed ailment for over a year. Ropo Ewenla, a member of the Ibadan Film Circle (IFC), the group to which the late filmmaker belonged, confirmed the news of his death in a statement. Foluke Daramola, an actress, has also confirmed the death of the ace Nigerian actor in an Instagram post.