THE sudden death, on Sunday, January 18 2015, of star actor Muna Obiekwe came as a rude shock to his colleagues, fans, friends and family.
Before he finally succumbed to death in an undisclosed private hospital in Festac Town, Lagos, Obiekwe had a running battle with kidney disease, though he kept it to himself.
The thespian, we gathered, had planned to seek assistance through a stage play this week, not knowing he would pass on that fateful Sunday.
According to some of his friends, Muna was reportedly brought dead to the hospital. His death would generate serious controversy as the family was yet to officially confirm him dead even before press time.
Despite confirmation of his demise by the President of Actors Guild of Nigeria Ibinabo Fiberesima and her predecessor Segun Arinze, a fake twitter handle of the deceased (@Muna Obiekwe, raised doubts over the authenticity of the report. But fresh facts and graphic pictures of his body would later emerge to authenticate the sad story.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of AGN, where the late actor belonged, has commiserated with his family.
In an exclusive phone interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Monday January 19, 2015 the guild’s Chairman, Mr. Victor Osuagwu, said they are yet to hear from the Obikwes.
He explained he spoke with the late actor days back and had planned how he could be assisted only to hear the tragic story last night. Osuagwu assured that AGN would officially react later that Monday evening after consulting with his family.
Efforts to speak with AGN National President, Ibinabo Fiberesima was fruitless as she didn’t pick her calls. She also didn’t respond to our SMS requesting the guild’s official confirmation of Muna Obiekwe’s death. She, however, told a national daily that AGN never knew about Muna Obiekwe’s health challenge. She declined more comments when asked her next line of action.
Meanwhile, colleagues, fans, friends and family of the deceased have been too shocked to react to his demise. Other than countless sympathy comments on the social media, it was just a few who responded to ENCOMIUM Weekly’s call on the tragedy.
For UK based actress, Chioma Toplis, Muna’s death is rude shock to Nollywood. “I can’t believe that Muna is dead. Death, where is thy sting. Rest in peace, my brother.”
Fast rising actress, Chioma Igwe is also mourning Muna whom she described as a fantastic role interpreter.
For actress Shirley Ogechi Igwe, Muna Obiekwe’s demise is saddening. “It’s still like a dream. I wish I would wake up and be told he’s alive. We would sure miss him.”
“Don’t tell me Muna is dead. God will comfort his family and grant him eternal rest,” star actress Oma Nnadi said in her reaction.
Biola Ige, who starred in a controversial movie with Obiekwe, however, declined comments, pleading for time to respond through her PR team.
In his 40’s, Muna who is based in Enugu featured in over 150 movies. He was better known for his daring role in soft porn movies, some of which were subjects of criticism. Muna’s movies included the controversial Dirty Secret, where he played a gay role alongside Jibola Dabo and Tonto Dike. Others were The Phobia, Scarlet Woman, Not Man Enough, He Lives in Me, Golden Jewels, among others.
He was survived by his wife, children and other relatives.
MUNA OBIEKWE’S MAJOR WORKS
- Not Man Enough
- He Lives in Me
- Blackberry Babes
- Guilty as Sin
- Men in Love
- Eye of the gods
- Dirty Secret
- Vampire Call
- Dangerous Ivy
- Love Alone
- Secret Code
- Marriage Apart
- Wicked Intentions
- Strong Men at Work
- Enemies in Love
- Sacrifice of Love
- Eagle’s Bride
- Emotional Battle
- Beautiful Faces
- Wisdom and Riches
- Ways of the Heart
- Songs of Sorrow
- Scarlet Woman
- The King Must Die
- Pregnant Hawker
- The Best Enemy
- Desperate Hawkers
– UCHE OLEHI