| Top Nollywood actor, Francis
Agu is dead
By SOLA BALOGUN and AZUH AMATUS
Friday, March 23, 2007
Pioneer Nollywood top actor and one of the prominent faces
in defunct TV soap – Checkmate, Francis Agu is dead.
Agu, 41 and single, died on Thursday, March 20, 2007 at the
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), after a protracted
It was gathered that prior to his admission into LUTH, Agu,
was also on admission for several weeks, at an undisclosed
hospital in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State: “It was when his condition
deteriorated at Uyo, that the family rushed him to LUTH, but
unfortunately, he died,” a source told Daily
Confirming the untimely death, which had thrown Nollywood
into another period of mourning, Ejike Asiegbu, national president
of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), described Agu’s death
as most unfortunate: “Agu’s family confirmed the
sad and shocking news to me. The death is a colossal loss
to Nollywood and indeed his family and fans. We can’t
question God, it is inevitable and has no age limit. Agu,
was well loved, appreciated and known in the industry and
we all will miss him greatly.”
Asiegbu also told Daily Sun, that the leadership
of AGN and Agu’s family would soon officially release
the burial programme, promising that the deceased would be
given a befitting burial.
Muyiwa Oshunnaike, a seasoned actor and choreographer who
was a bossom friend of the late Agu told Daily Sun
yesterday that he had lost a soul mate.
Oshunnaike, who cried uncontrollably said he was greatly depressed
and that it would take a long time before he recovers from
the shock of Agu’s death. He described the late Agu
as a consumate actor and intelligent man, who was quite level-headed
despite his enormous talent.
Segun Arinze, another top actor was completely in a state
of shock and could not utter a word.
The fledging Nigerian motion picture industry has with the
death of Agu lost three top actors in less than one year.
J. T. Tom West and Joe Layode died last year.