Many viewers have grown up knowing some veterans interpret roles perfectly as they play interesting characters in movies. Sadly, none of the actors have died through a battle with COVID-19 that has been ravaging the world and Nigeria inclusive.
Just as stakeholders are trying to live with the reality of the painful exit of Mike Odiachi who died at the General Hospital, Ikorodu on Monday, February 15, the industry was hit again by the death of one of the few surviving actors in popular old TV drama, The Village Headmaster, Joseph Adu, popularly known as Jab Adu.
Jab Adu died at the age of 83. While the news of his death is still fresh in the minds of everyone, the industry was jolted again by the death of another famous actor, Sam Agbebi, who also featured in that popular TV drama, Village Headmaster. Agbebi, the palace servant who later became Lawyer Iyanda in the TV series died on Tuesday, after Jab Adu passed on last Sunday, expanding the death list of cast and crew members.
His death has marked the end of an era for a generation of thorough-bred actors who distinguished themselves in their chosen career. 62-year- old Agbebi who hailed from Osun state reportedly had been sick for over five years. He was said to have been suffering from severe pains in the leg, a situation which forced him to quit his job as a part-time lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU) and rendered him inactive.
Adu was one of the few surviving casts of the popular TV drama, The Village Headmaster,a film that featured another late actor, Justice Esiri. He also featured in some other interesting movies such as Cool Red (1976), Bisi, Daughter of the River (1977) and Wetin Dey (2007), playing actor and producer respectively. Before his acting career kick-started, he was a banker with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a time that also saw him combining banking with acting.
The talented Cross River state-born actor featured as an actor and writer in ‘The Village Headmaster,’ playing the role of Bassey Okon, the doctor, dispenser and pharmacist of Oja village.