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Double blow for Nollywood as actresses Ireti’, Ameh die

Nollywood, Nigeria’s movie industry has suffered double tragedy following the deaths of veteran actress, Oluwasolamipe Onayiga, popularly known as ‘Ireti, and The Johnson series actress Ada Ameh.

Ameh died on Sunday in Warri, Delta State, around 11 pm.

She was a guest of an oil company top shot and his family when she suddenly collapsed.

She was rushed to the Nigerian National Petroleum Hospital but passed on before they arrived at the facility.


Ameh, who played the role of Anita in the movie ‘Domitilla’ in 1996, is famous for her comic characters, especially in the series ‘The Johnsons’.

Born on May 15, 1974, in Ajegunle, Lagos State, the famous actress had shared a video of herself eating with the family around 12:53 pm on Sunday on her official Instagram page before death came calling later at night.

Onayiga, who played the role of Ireti with Kunle Bamtefa in the popular soap ‘Fuji House of Commotion’, died on Monday after a brief illness.

Fuji House of Commotion, a Nigerian sitcom, produced and directed by the late Amaka Igwe, was a spin-off of the nineties soap opera ‘Checkmate’, one of the few Nigerian television programmes to have obtained that status.


Mr Seun Oloketuyi, the founder of the Best Nollywood Awards, made the news public to her fans and well-wishers on his social media platforms.

“I have just been informed that the accomplished stage and screen actress and Fellow of Theatre Arts, Auntie Sola Awojobi Onayiga has passed on.

“Auntie Sola, who is best known for living delightfully the role of Ireti (a.k.a cooking practicals) in the defunct television sitcom ‘CHECKMATE’ reportedly passed on this morning,” Oloketuyi wrote.

According to him, her husband, Pastor Tosin Onayiga, also confirmed the incident, saying she died around 3:45a.m on Monday.


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