NOLLYWOOD filmmaker, Ifeanyi Onyeabor is dead. He died on Friday as confirmed by the President of Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Mr Fred Amata, who said he died while shooting a movie in Jos.
Amata told newsmen in Lagos that Onyeabor’s death was shocking and unbelievable, and had left him pondering on what may have gone wrong.
He, however, could not say the cause of the incident, saying “we are still trying to ascertain what went wrong while at the venue of the film shooting.
“We do not have the details yet, until we reach the hospital to ascertain the cause of his death. He will be greatly missed by the entertainment industry."
Pedro Aganbi, former chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos chapter, said that Nollywood had lost an icon who had contributed to the development of the entertainment industry.
“Ifeanyi has been there from the very beginning of Nollywood and he has been a major contributor to the development of the entertainment industry.
“It is a fall of another ‘Iroko’ and we will surely miss him,” Aganbi said.
SIC Entertainment Production Nigeria Limited, a company he ran alongside his partner, Steve James, has also confirmed his death in a statement.
Describing Ifeanyi Onyeabor as “an over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress”, the company said it was saddened by his sudden demise.
“Onyeabor was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight,” the statement said.
’”Onyeabor, will forever be loved and sadly missed. The person you were and your movie will keep your memory alive.
“We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our brother, director. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Onyeabor’s movie’s and have precious memories of his movies. May his gentle soul rest in peace.’’