Nollywood Mourns the Loss of Ethel Ekpe

Nollywood Mourns the Loss of Ethel Ekpe

In a somber moment for Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, Ethel Ekpe, a prominent actress of the 1990s, has departed from this world after battling cancer.

This seasoned actress, whose career illuminated the screens, particularly in the renowned sitcom ‘Basi and Company,’ breathed her last on February 7, 2024, in Lagos State.

Ethel Ekpe, also known as Ethel Aderemi, left an indelible mark on the industry with her iconic role as ‘Segi’ in the sitcom that captivated audiences nationwide.

A Storied Career: From ‘Basi and Company’ to ‘Sons of the Caliphate’

Ethel Ekpe’s journey in Nollywood spans decades, gaining widespread recognition in the 1990s for her portrayal of ‘Segi’ in the sitcom aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and created by Ken Saro Wiwa.

Her captivating performances extended beyond the sitcom, earning her roles in significant productions such as Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and the more recent ‘Sons of the Caliphate.’

Her ability to seamlessly embody diverse characters solidified her status as a celebrated actress in the Nigerian film landscape.

Announcement of a Painful Departure

The news of Ethel Ekpe’s passing was shared with the public by Dr. Shaibu Husseini, the Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board, in a heartfelt Facebook post.

Dr. Husseini expressed deep sorrow at the loss of this remarkable actress, emphasizing the impact she had on audiences through her unforgettable portrayal of ‘Segi’ in ‘Basi and Company.’

He revealed that Ethel Ekpe succumbed to cancer, marking the end of a chapter that spanned not only her acting career but also her subsequent role as a pastor.

Legacy and Fond Farewells

Dr. Shaibu Husseini reflected on Ethel Ekpe’s enduring legacy, describing her as a “screen beauty” who delighted fans with her unique interpretation of roles.

The late actress, who seamlessly transitioned from the entertainment industry to becoming a pastor, had left an enduring impression on those who knew her.

Husseini, acknowledging the personal connection, revealed that his family had named his second daughter Ethel in her honor. The announcement ended with a poignant sentiment: “Good night good woman.”

In the wake of Ethel Ekpe’s passing, the Nollywood community mourns the loss of a pioneer whose contributions to Nigerian television and cinema will be remembered with reverence.

Her talent, grace, and dedication have left an indelible mark, and she will be sorely missed by fans, colleagues, and those whose lives she touched with her artistry and warmth.

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