The death of popular Nigerian actor, Saint Obi, after a prolonged illness has left fans saddened. The 57-year-old veteran actor passed away on May 7, leaving behind a legacy of excellent performances. Fans have taken to Twitter to pay their last respects using hashtags such as #RIP Saint Obi and #Obinna Nwafor.
Nigerian author and social media influencer, Reno Omokri, shared a photo taken with the late actor in 2014 and described him as “the gentlest and most noble Nollywood actor” he had ever met. Former Presidential aspirant, Ahmed Garba, also paid tribute to Saint Obi, saying that he would be missed.
Many fans also shared their personal encounters with the actor, with Mr Sanusi Dantata recalling how Saint Obi had made him and his siblings feel happy and how jovial he was when he met him on a flight to London in 1999.
Saint Obi, who majored in Theatre Arts at the University of Jos, starred in over 60 movies, including State of Emergency; Candle Light; Sakobi; Goodbye Tomorrow; Heart of Gold; Festival of Fire; Executive Crime; and Last Party. He produced his first movie, Take Me to Maama, in 2001, where he starred alongside Ebi Sam, the late Rachel Oniga, Nse Abel, and the late Enebeli Elebuwa. Despite his passing, his legacy in the Nigerian movie industry will live on.