13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

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List of dead Nollywood actors and actresses 2021

Nigeria’s movie industry is undoubtedly one of the most prosperous and successful across the African continent. Over the years, Nigerians have produced movies of all genres. The most common genre of is comedy and humorous movies which featured the likes of the late Sam Loko Efe, the late Dede Oneday, John Okafor (Mr. Ibu) Charles Awurum, Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Francis Odega and many more. Also, the likes of Gentle Jack, Sam Dede, and Hanks Anuku in blockbuster movies. However, fantasy and romantic movies mostly featured the likes of Rita Dominics, Ramsey Noah, Genevieve Nnaji among others.

Over the years, Nigeria has lost movie stars to the cold hands of death and below are names of Nigerian movie actors and actresses Nigeria lost in 2021.


Rachel is Yoruba woman who is also known by people close to her as “Tabonu”. She has been in the movie industry for more than two decades. She is an indigene of Eku in Delta State – Nigeria but was born in Ebutte-Metta in Lagos.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

She was born on the 23rd of May 1957 and died on the 30th of June 2021 at the age of sixty-four (64). The dramatic actress starred in “Super Story”; a television series that made her gain more popularity. She played both lead and supporting roles in several Nollywood movies. Some of such movies include Chief Daddy, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, My Wife and I, Truth and Tiding, and many others.


Jim Lawson is a popular Nollywood actor who stared in over 150 movies including Enemies in Love, Lust for Lust, Tomorrow Must Wait and My Conscience among others.

He mostly plays the role of a father figure, and elder, a chief or king. In most of his movie roles, he plays role of a good man, an honest man who upholds justice and an innocent man.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

Jim was a professional actor and filmmaker, also a famous television personality, radio broadcaster, voice-over artist, and writer.

He is a native and was born in Umunowale in Imo State of Nigeria. He began his movie carrier in 2004 after being an active radio presenter for over two decades. He died on the 9th of January 2021 after complaining of body pains and as at the time of his death, he was worth 350,000 dollars.


He was a fashion designer, a model, and a fast-rising actor born in Benue. His first appearance on set was in the movie ‘Enemy Call’. He also featured in movies like A man’s Ego, Sweet Berry, and I think I like You.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

His biggest breakthrough in the movie industry was in the movie entitled Night of Romance directed by Tony Onuora. He played the lead role in the movie and after which he established his production house known as DMELS production. With this development, he produced a couple of movies. He was also the creative director of Dmels Couture all in Nigeria. He attended Benue State University in Makurdi where he studied Mass communication.

His death was recorded on the 11th of January 2021 after he complained of body pains. However, it was alleged that the actor was going through a hard time per his post on social media a few months before his demise.


His son announced his death on the 22nd of January 2021. He hails from Ebe in Enugu and was born on 12th October 1937 and died in 2021 at the age of 83 before his 84th birthday due to ill health. Dan was a radio broadcaster and a filmmaker aside from his acting career.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

Dan was seen in movies like Okada Man, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Warrior Heart, Royal Doom, The Return of Anunuebe, and many more. He was known for his usual role as a village elder, a member of the traditional council of chiefs, a chief priest, or a native doctor most of the time.


She is a Yoruba woman from Olla in Kwara State but stays in Ibadan, Oyo State. She was born on 10th October 1960 and died on the 5th of January 2021 at the age of 60. Folake spent two years of her life in the classroom as a schoolteacher and later moved to Sunny Radio in Ilorin as a secretary.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

She was more popular in Yoruba movies. She was mentored by Chief Jimoh Aliu popularly known as Aworo who later got married to her, but they later divorced after 36 years. After a period of mentoring, she was featured in her first movie. Her breakthrough movie was entitled Arelu. After that she stared in several movies and TV series like Ayanmo Eda”, ‘Oluwerimagboojo’, ‘Yanponyanrin’ and ”Agbaarin. As time went on, she started producing her own movies and was awarded best actress from 1986 to 1992.


Victor was a veteran actor who gained massive followers for playing a role in the television series ‘Sons of Caliphate and movies like ‘If I am the President and Lotanna.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

He was a member of the Actors Guide of Nigeria. He died at age 72 in his apartment on the 15th day of February 2021. His death was made known to the public by his daughter Stephanie, in a Facebook post and in an Instagram post by his colleague Uzee Usman.


Popularly known as ‘El cream’, he was born on May 7th May 1984 in Imo State, Nigeria, and died on January 26th, 2021, he is a rapper, an actor, a movie producer, a director, and a TV personality.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

His wife confirmed his death after he fainted and gave up the ghost. It was reported that, before his demise, he had a stroke and was seriously battling infirmity, but he later recovered. His acting career began in the 90s and throughout his movie days, he acted produced, and directed about 100 movies. He was popular for his action and bad boy roles in movies like Broad daylight, Ogidan, Royal War, Never End, and many more.


Sadiq Dada was a professional broadcaster and a movie actor. His death is believed to have been caused by leukemia and prostate cancer which he was battling with. His death was confirmed to have occurred on the 3rd March 2021 by his wife and son to a famous filmmaker Kunle Afolayan.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021


Stared in several Nollywood movies that hit the screens and always played the role of an innocent man, rich, a father figure, and always gentle. Bruno is from the Imo state and belongs to the Umuanuku kindred from Ehime, Mbano Local Government Area in Umunumo. He died on 10th April 2021 at the age of 68 years, leaving behind a wife and six children.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021


He was admitted to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) after he took ill. He gave up the ghost on his sick bed on Friday, May 21, 2021. He contributed to the growth of the Nollywood movie industry.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021


Lanre is a famous rapper known in the entertainment industry as ‘Sound Sultan’. He was still new in the movie industry when he developed complications with Cancer of the throat. At age 44, he died on Sunday, July 11th, 2021. His death was confirmed when his elder broth Dare Fasasi took to Instagram to share his feelings about the death of his brother.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

Sam Obiago

Nollywood actor Sam Obiago was reported dead on Thursday, December 23, 2021. The news which was endorsed by Actors Guild of Nigeria AGN, Emeka Rollas in a post made on Instagram has broken the hearts of many people. You can look at Sam Obiago’s full biography here.

13 Nigerian actors and actresses who died in 2021

Karibi Fubara

is also one of the Nigerian actors who died in 2021.

News of his death was shared on social media by a family member, Kalanne Fubara, this evening Wednesday December 15, 2021.

Karibi Fubara's Biography
Karibi Fubara’s Biography

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