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Nollywood Legend, Zulu Adigwe Is Dead

The Nigerian film world is in mourning once again as veteran actor, Zulu Adigwe has passed away.

Beyond Boders reports that Adigwe left us on Tuesday evening. His departure was shared on Facebook by well-known film producer and singer, Mike Nliam.

He posted, “An Icon passed on today. A rare gem with a fantastic sense of humor!

“I watched Uncle Zulu on TV as Mr B on the hit Ken Saro Wiwa’s hit TV series ‘Bassey & Company’ that was when I was in secondary school in the 80s.

“We became close in 2003 when I cast him as part of the cast of the movie ‘Blood Diamonds’ which was shot on location in Sierra Leone immediately after the country’s civil war.

“The film, which also starred other Nollywood greats as well as Sierra Leone star actors was written by Mucktarr Tejan Cole , financed and produced by Sam Kargbo and directed by Teco Benson .

“Uncle Zulu until his death starred in “a thousand and one” Nollywood movies and endeared himself to audiences across the world with his great baritone voice and his acting skills.

“He was also a music enthusiast which led him to collaborate with Abay Esho and my humble self in a song he wrote titled “Ugo Buluum.

“Unfortunately I’ve not seen Uncle Zulu for a couple of years now before his passing but I remember the times I worked together with this simple, jovial, humble achiever with great nostalgia. Uncle Zulu was indeed a jolly good fellow. May his soul rest in d bosom of d Lord,” Nliam expressed.

Confirming the sad news on Instagram, another film producer, Stanley Nwoko, wrote, “I regret to announce the passing of a veteran actor, late Mr Zulu Adigwe.

“What caused his death is yet to be reviewed. Rest in peace good actor,” he added.

Adigwe received his secondary education in Germany and was one of the few Nigerians to graduate with first-class honours from the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Ibadan.

Throughout his career, Adigwe made his mark in films like “Living in Bondage” and “Breaking Free,” among others.

Adigwe’s passing comes just weeks after the industry mourned the loss of five colleagues in a tragic boat accident in Anambra State.

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