Segun Arinze, Ejike Asiegbu, Steve Eboy mourn Sam Loko
Lagos (WorldStage Newsonline)-- The President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Segun Arinze has described the actor, Sam Loko who passed away on Sunday as an icon in entertainment industry, adding that his dead was sad.
He told Worldstage Newsonline in Lagos that calls were being made to know the next line of actions concerning his burial.
Steve Eboy, a Nollywood actor who broke the news of Sam Loko death at the 3rd City People Entertainment Awards 2011 on Sunday while receiving an award on behalf of the late movies icon, said he spoke with the late actor on Saturday and was shocked when he received a phone call early in the morning that he was in a sorry state of health condition before he finally gave up in his room.
He said it was a big loss to the entertainment industry in Nigeria, saying Loko was more than an actor. “He was a producer, dancer, director and singer.” He added that after God the man also made him what he had become in the industry today.
Also reacting to the sad news, the immediate past president of Actor Guild of Nigeria, Ejike Asiegbu, stated that the death of the actor was hurting, painful and unfortunate, stating that it would take time for the Nollywood family to recover.
He described death as inevitable and a price everybody must pay, stressing that it was not how long a man lives that matters but how well. He added that late Sam had done well in the entertainment industry and a lot of them had learnt from him.
He prayed that God should grant his family and the entertainment industry the strengths to bear the irreparable loss.
The Enugu born actor was in the Nigerian film industry since 1960 and appeared in several movies which include Games fools play, Garman Wahala, old Cargos, Across the river, A fool at 40, Brain Box and among several others.
The 66- year old actor and comedian death came after the Nigeria movies industry laid to rest another veteran, Ashely Nwosu on June 11 after he died April 21 this year.
Story by [EMMANUEL JOHN]