Veteran Nollywood actress Cynthia Okereke is dead.
A month after losing an actor, Saint Obi, Nollywood has been hit by another significant loss– veteran actress Cynthia Okereke’s death.
The actress died on Tuesday evening.
She was 63.
The circumstances that led to her death are yet to be revealed; however, The Vanguard quotes Emma Onyemeziem, Chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Delta State chapter, as confirming her death.
Newsonspot reports that the unfortunate incident was confirmed on Wednesday in an Instagram post, popular actor and filmmaker, Joseph Okechukwu, stated that Okereke died on Tuesday evening.
Sharing the actress’s picture, Okechukwu said he was about to pay for Cynthia’s flight ticket to come to America before her death.
He wrote: “REST IN PEACE, Nwanyi oma. I’m shattered beyond words.
“The fact that I was about to pay for your flight ticket to come finish what we started only to here you went to be with Lord just last night is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with in recent times. I pray I’m able to recover from this shock. Life is really just a mist. One minute you have it, the next you don’t.
“For the more than 20 years that I’ve known you, you’ve been such an amazing, decent and lovely soul to be around. I never imagined you’d exit so unceremoniously. Words fail me.
“Sleep on, Cynthia. May your gentle soul rest on till we meet again in glory. #CynthiaOkereke.”
REST IN PEACE, Nwanyi oma. I’m shattered beyond words.
The fact that I was about to pay for your flight ticket to come finish what we started only to here you went to be with Lord just last night is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with in recent times. I pray… pic.twitter.com/Xh6Srfox6h
— J. C. Okechukwu (@jcokechukwu) July 12, 2023
The cause of the actress’ death has not been disclosed as at the of writing.
Okereke made the news last year when she was abducted alongside some of her colleagues by kidnappers.
They later regained freedom after paying undisclosed amount as ransom.