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List of Top Nollywood Actors & Actresses That Have Died & Cause of Their Deaths (2022)

Last year was a black year for the Nigerian entertainment industry; more stars died that year than we have ever seen in a single calendar year before that. Many have attributed the spate of fatalities to many different reasons, but let us not forget that 2022 was a pandemic period, and that the world was under lockdown caused by the Covid 19 pandemic that went out of control in several parts of the world.

Of course the Nigerian celebrities who died in 2022 all died of different causes, but a good number of them died of illnesses. However here are the Nollywood stars that died in 2022.

List Of Actors In Nigeria That Died In 2022

Below are the list of nollywood actors and actresses that died in 2022 in no particular order.

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Sadiq Baba

Sadiq Daba

Sadiq Daba was a Nigerian actor and broadcaster with over 40 years of experience. Even though he is remembered for winning the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as “Inspector Waziri,” Sadiq Daba’ contributions to the Nigerian cinema are far more reaching than that. He was one of the top actors of the 70’s and 80’s.

He died on Wednesday March 3, 2022 at the Ayinke General hospital in Ikeja. Sadiq Daba had a long battle with leukemia but also developed prostate cancer.

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Rachel Oniga

Rachel Oniga

Rachel was perhaps the biggest Nollywood personality to say goodbye to us in 2022. She had a long and illustrious acting career that started in 1993. Rachel Oniga was a Nollywood heavyweight who featured in very many films, and won several accolades for her work. She died at around 10 pm, on the 30th of July 2022, of  Coronary heart issues. She was 64.

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Folake Aremu (Orisabunmi)

Folake Aremu (Orisabunmi)

Veteran Yoruba actress, Mrs. Folake Aremu popularly called Orisabunmi from a movie character she played, died on January 5, 2022.  She had featured in several Yoruba language movies in a career that lasted several years. The veteran actress, who hailed from Olla in Kwara State died in her residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, at the age of 60.

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Jim Lawson Maduike

Jim Lawson Maduike

Jim Lawson Maduike was a veteran Nollywood actor, as well as a radio broadcaster, voice-over artist, writer, filmmaker and a television personality. He made his maiden appearance in Nollywood in 2004, after which he went to on have a stellar career; appearing in several movies. He died on the on the 9th of January, 2022, at the age of 63, after complaining of severe body pains.

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David Mela

David Mela

David Mela was a Nollywood actor who was on the rise; still trying to make his mark in the Nigerian movie industry. A social media post he made revealed that he was passing through a hard time.

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Dan Nkoloagu

Dan Nkoloagu

Veteran actor Dan Nkoloagu had featured in so many movies. However, he died on January 22, 2022, at the age of 83. His death was announced on his facebook page by his son Dan Nkoloagu Jnr.

Nollywood actors that died last year

Ernest Asuzu

Ernest Asuzu

Ernest Asuzu was a known Nigerian veteran actor who had featured in several movies in a career that was on the rise. However, in 2015 he suffered a stroke which affected his speech. On 26th of January, 2022 he slumped and never woke up. Ernest Asuzu was only 37 years old when he died.

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Victor Decker

Victor Decker

Veteran actor Victor Decker who had featured in several movies both as a lead actor and in supporting roles was found dead in his apartment on Monday February 15, 2022. He was 72 years old. His neighbours broke down his door to find his decomposed body.

Nollywood actors that are dead

Bruno Iwuoha

Bruno Iwuoha

Bruno Iwuoha had proved his mettle in the Nigerian movie industry; he had won several awards, after featuring in several movies. However, after suffering from diabetes for several years he died on the 10th of April, 2022. He was 68 years old.

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Abiodun Aleja

Abiodun Aleja

Abiodun Aleja, was a Nollywood actor, writer, and director. He dies at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Friday, May 21, 2022.

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Sound Sultan

Sound Sultan

Sound Sultan’s real name was Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasas. He was not an actor per se; he was a musician, writer, singer, comedian and recording artist. He was notable for using his music to speak out against the ills of government; corruption, and poverty.

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Victor Olaotan

Victor Olaotan

Victor Olaotan was a veteran of the Nigerian movie industry. Some of the famous movies he featured in include: “Three Wise Men”, alongside Richard Mofe-Damijo and Zack Orji. He also featured in the Nigerian TV series ‘Tinsels.’ He died on 27 August 2022. He was 69-year-old.

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Rich Oganiru

Rich Oganiru

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Rich Oganiru was a popular Nollywood actor. He had featured in 100s of movies during his career, and he received some awards as well. However his undoing was his health which suddenly went bad. A video of him lying on a sick bed while soliciting financial assistance went viral a few months before his death was announced. Rich Oganiru died as a result of kidney failure.

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Some Other Nollywood Actors Who Died Since 2022 Till Date Include:

Stanley Okoro

Prince Ifeanyi Dike

Joshua Johnson

Baba Suwe

Ngozi Chiemeke

Karibi Fubara

Sam Obiagu

Leo Mezie

Losing a celebrity yearly is always a hard pill to swallow especially for the Nigerian entertainment industry; the likes of which entertainment fans will never want to witness ever again. However, that year also brought about a lot of solidarity from the actors and fans alike, as people came together to run to the aid of any ailing actor to prevent further deaths.

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