JUSTUS ESIRI: NOLLYWOOD HAS LOST A PIONEER SAYS FASHOLA


Veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri, in white  at Enebeli Elebuwa's mass

Veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri, in white at Enebeli Elebuwa’s mass

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Wednesday mourned the passing on of celebrated Nollywood actor, Mr. Justus Esiri, saying the nation’s Film Industry will be poorer for his departure.
The veteran stage and screen actor, who launched into the limelight of the nation’s Entertainment Industry in the 1980s with the very popular Television drama, The Village Headmaster, passed on Tuesday night at the age of 70 after a brief illness.
In a letter to Mrs. Omiete Esiri, the widow of the deceased, Governor Fashola recalled that Mr. Esiri, whom he described as “easily one of Nigeria’s most celebrated artistes”, took the nation by storm with his titular role in the Village Headmaster, one of Nigeria’s pioneering television soap operas.
“Easily one of Nigeria’s most celebrated artistes, I recall with nostalgia that following the heyday of theatre arts, this stage veteran shot into the limelight in the 1980s, with his pioneering role in the popular Television drama series, the Village Headmaster, in which he played the eponymous character”, the Governor said.
Governor Fashola also noted that aside the many theatre performances of Mr. Esiri in Germany where he travelled in the 1970’s initially to study Engineering, the veteran artiste stood tall as one of the pillars of the Nollywood film industry.
According to the Governor, his chain of performances in Nollywood has left a landmark in the industry and has made him a household name both in the country and beyond adding that as a result, the country has honoured him with a National Award
Praying for the peaceful repose of the soul of Mr. Esiri, and for Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, Governor Fashola enjoined the Family to be consoled by the rich legacy which the deceased artiste left behind in the Entertainment Industry as a whole, “where, aside leaving his own footprints, he has also bequeathed his son, the multi-award winning musician, Sidney, or Dr. Sid, who is the rave of the moment in the entertainment industry”.

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