Feb 20, 2013

Veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri dies

Nigerian entertainment industry has again lost one of its veteran actors.
Popular Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri, is dead. He died at the age of 71.
The veteran actor and father of singer, Dr. Sid was said to have passed on at about midnight in a Lagos hospital.
He was a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), famous for his role as Headmaster in the Village Headmaster series which aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

No details yet on the cause of his death.
A source said the now late Justus Esiri has been secretly battling an age related illness for a while but his family chose to make it a secret.
His son, Onoriode Esiri, known commonly as, Dr SID, a Nigerian singer-songwriter, is the youngest child of the deceased.
The late Justus Esiri was born in November 1942 in Oria, Abraka, Delta State. His studied at Catholic Secondary school in Warri in year 1948 before proceeding to Maximillan University in Munich, German in 1964. He also attended Prof. Weners Institute of Engineering, West Berlin, 1967 and the Ahrens School of Performing Arts in 1968.
Justus Esiri, detoured into motion picture production in 1968 as a staff of the Schiller Theater, Berlin, Germany, where he stayed till 1976. During the 1977 FESTAC held in Lagos, he choreographed the Modern Dress exhibition.
He was Production Manager for Dinner With The Devil. He worked as News translator and Newscaster with the Voice of Nigeria (German Service).