The President of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria, Fred Amata, on Friday confirmed the death of Nollywood filmmaker, Ifeanyi Onyeabo.
Amata said he died while shooting a movie in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Amata told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Onyeabo’s death was shocking and unbelievable, and had left him pondering on what may have gone wrong.
He, however, could not say the cause of the incident, adding: “We are still trying to ascertain what went wrong while at the venue of the film shooting.
“We do not have the details yet.
“Until we reach the hospital to ascertain the cause of his death.
“He will be greatly missed by the entertainment industry.”
Pedro Aganbi, former chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria. Lagos State chapter, said Nollywood had lost an icon who had contributed to the development of the entertainment industry.
Aganbi said: “Ifeanyi has been there from the very beginning of Nollywood and he has been a major contributor to the development of the entertainment industry.
“It is a fall of another ‘Iroko’ and we will surely miss him.”