Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri dies at 71

| February 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

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LESS than a week after the sudden death of pop diva, Goldie, the Nigerian showbiz industry was, last night, thrown into mourning once more, following the death of veteran actor, Justus Esiri of the Village Headmaster fame.

Esiri, who died at 71,  reportedly from diabetes, achieved fame as a star actor in the famous but now rested soap, Village Headmaster.

Meanwhile, eminent Nigerians have started paying tribute to the departed actor.
President Goodluck  Jonathan, on Wednesday, led other Nigerians in mourning Esiri, whom he described as an epitome of commitment, excellence and creativity.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Dr  Reuben Abati, President Jonathan reiterated his belief that Nollywood actors had carved a positive image for Nigeria in the eyes of the international community, with the  late Esiri, a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), having contributed in no small measure to the creation and sustenance of that image.

He expressed belief that the Nigerian movie industry and the country as a whole would greatly miss the actor who came to national limelight with his acclaimed performance in the popular television series, Village Headmaster, and other movies.

The President extended sincere commiserations to the Esiri family, the government and people of Delta State and all fans of the revered actor.

Similarly, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  has expressed shock over the death of Esiri, describing it as a national loss.

PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement,  described  Esiri as an epitome of virtue, one who used his talent to teach values and patriotism and urged the younger generation to emulate him.

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