Veteran Nollywood actor Saint Obi is dead

Saint Obi

Nollywood actor Saint Obi has passed on at the age of 57 after a protracted illness.

The actor, who starred in the movie industry in the 1990s and 2000s, died early in the week in Plateau State. His body was taken to the morgue at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

A source in the industry confirmed his death to on Saturday.

It was learnt that disagreement within the family caused the delay in announcing the actor’s death.

Saint Obi reportedly visited hospitals for treatment for several months before he passed on.

The Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) is said to be on a fact-finding mission on his death following news that he died in his sister’s home.

Saint Obi came onto the acting scene in 1996 after doing a commercial for Peugeot on NTA and went on to feature in more than 100 movies including Sakobi, Festival of Fire, State of Emergency and others.

He was born Obinna Nwafor in 1965 in the Port Harcourt city of Rivers State. His parents later moved to Jos where he had his early education.

Saint Obi graduated from the University of Jos after studying theatre arts. The movie star was known by several nicknames like James Bond of Nollywood, Saint of the Moviedom, etc.