Following the death of veteran Nollywood actor, Enebeli Elebuwa, Wednesday at a hospital in India, Nigerian actors have been paying glowing tributes to him. Elebuwa died at the age of 65 after battling with stroke for more than a year.
Nigerian actor Richard Mofe Damijo said "I spoke to him last week. He was thanking me, thanking the governor for sponsoring his medical trip and taking care of his bill and all that. When I heard the news of his death, it was so shocking, because we were already looking forward to his coming back when this whole sudden death thing now happened.
"Enebeli Elebuwa was noble above all, a very humble extremely humble man in spite of the number of years and contribution he has contributed to the movie industry. He was one of the older generations that were very enthusiastic about the job he was doing."
For Fidelis Duker, Elebuwa was "a quintessential actor, producer and director on stage and screen. He is talented, gifted and very committed. We actually had a cordial relationship when he visited me in my office to discuss the industry. He will be remembered for 'Andrew wan check out o!' May his soul rest in peace."
"It was with great shock that I received the news. He shouldn't have died just like that, a veteran actor like him! Once again the issue about our health care system in the country comes to fore, sad, truly sad. May he rest in peace," said Akin Lewis.
Also speaking, Oge Okoye Duru said "this is so painful and devastating, to think that he was recovering and then this explosive shocker. That notwithstanding, who are we to question God. It is well Adieu! Our legend! May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the lord."
Charley Boy described Elebuwa's death as "sad, very sad indeed. He was my very good pal. I am sure this was for the best. Let the poor man rest, he has been through a lot. May he rest in peace, amen."
"This is so disheartening to us all. He was one of our very best. Rest in peace, Uncle Enebeli. We love and will miss you greatly," said Rita Dominic.
For Genevieve Nnaji, "It's very shocking, but all we can pray for is that may the God Lord in His infinite mercy and kindness open arms and welcome the souls of all the faithfully departed. Rest in peace Enebeli Enebeluwa."
Femi Branch said "it is a call on the government to provide proper welfare and medical package for Nigerian artistes. Enebeli was an icon and role model; he will surely be missed by Nigerian entertainers. May he rest in peace."
We shall give him reason to be happy even in death ---
President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria Ibinabo Fibersima said "It's another sad moment in Actors' Guild of Nigeria, nay Nollywood. Uncle Enebeli bestrode Nollywood like the colossus he was. He impacted positively on those who were privileged to have encountered him one way or another. He was of awesome man; he was fatherly; he was interesting; he was professional; and most of all, he was caring."
"From Ashley Nwosu, Sam Loco Efe, Geraldine Nwokocha, Pete Ene, now Enebeli Elebuwa...the list is endless. Uncle Enebeli may have been unsung, like our unsung heroes, but we shall continue to sing his praises. We shall give him a reason to be happy, even in death and wherever he is."