Tragic Losses in the Nigerian Movie Industry: Remembering Four Nollywood Stars

Tragic Losses in the Nigerian Movie Industry: Remembering Four Nollywood Stars

…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media. The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood, experienced a profound sense of grief and sorrow over the weekend as it mourned the untimely deaths of four of its beloved actors.


The consecutive passing of these popular figures raised questions and concerns among their colleagues and fans.

Alafin Oro:

Adedigba Mukail, a veteran Yoruba Nollywood actor widely recognized as Alafin Oro, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Throughout his career, Alafin Oro showcased his talent in numerous movies, earning him respect as a great philosopher and an iconic figure with extensive knowledge of Yoruba culture.

Saint Obi:

Obinna Nwafor, commonly known as Saint Obi, was not only an actor but also a movie producer.

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, news broke that the 57-year-old thespian had died in the residence of one of his siblings at 13 Metropolitan Street in Tudun Wada, Jos.

Murphy Afolabi, Alafin Oro, Tech Sound
Murphy Afolabi, Alafin Oro, Tech Sound

After a prolonged illness, which he valiantly battled for several months, Saint Obi succumbed to the undisclosed sickness.


Known for dominating the movie industry in the 90s, his demise left a significant void.

Murphy Afolabi:

Murphy Afolabi, an actor and movie producer, met a tragic end at the age of 49 due to a fatal fall in his bathroom at his residence in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Only days after celebrating his 49th birthday on May 5, 2023, he passed away in the early hours of Sunday, May 14.

The sudden loss of Murphy Afolabi deeply saddened the Nollywood community and his fans.

Tech Sound:

Another actor, known as Tech Sound, who also had expertise in sound technology, lost his life on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

His colleagues, Kunle Afod and Kolawole Ajeyemi, shared the news of his passing.

The exact cause of his death remains undisclosed.


The sudden demise of these four Nollywood stars within such a short span of time has had a profound impact on the Nigerian movie industry.


Their deaths have sent shockwaves through their colleagues and fans, prompting discussions about the fragility of life and the toll that illnesses and accidents can take on individuals, regardless of their fame or success.

The loss of Alafin Oro, Saint Obi, Murphy Afolabi, and Tech Sound leaves a significant void in the industry, and their contributions to Nigerian cinema will be sorely missed.

This unfortunate series of events serves as a reminder of the importance of cherishing and celebrating the talents and accomplishments of individuals while they are still with us.


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Lola Smith is a highly experienced writer and journalist with over 25 years of experience in the field. Her special interest lies in journalistic writeups, where she can utilize her skills and knowledge to bring important stories to the public eye. Lola’s dedication to her craft is unparalleled, and she writes with passion and precision, ensuring that her articles are informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. She lives in New York, USA.

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