Posted On: Thu 17 May 2018 By PUNCH NG
One year after the demise of Moji Olaiya, the Yoruba genre of Nollywood on Wednesday lost another popular movie actress, Aisha Abimbola, to the cold hands of death.
Abimbola’s colleague, Bisola Badmus, was the first person to break the sad news on her Instagram page. She wrote, “Gone so soon RIP omogecampus”.
The news of the actress’ sudden passage has since sent shock waves rippling across the Nigerian movie industry and thrown her colleagues into deep mourning.
Although the cause of the actress’ death had not been revealed as of the time of filing this report, unverified online reports claimed that she died of breast cancer in a Canadian hospital.
Abimbola came into the limelight after appearing in the movie, Omoge Campus. She also played lead roles in other movies, including Eje Adegbenro and Odaju Obinrin and produced quite a number of her own movies. One of them is titled T’omi T’eje, which focuses on her experience as a member of the National Youth Service Corps.
Reacting to the news of Abimbola’s passage, fellow actress, Jaiye Kuti said, “The only thing I can say is that the sad news of Aisha Abimbola is shocking. I’m currently on set, but we’ve not been able to do anything since morning because of this. Everyone has been crying.”
Many actresses and actors also took to the social media, especially Instagram and Twitter, to express their grief. For example, writing on her Instagram page, Opeyemi Aiyeola said, “This is too painful to bear…. Seeing your pictures all around me just makes me to cry more. Woe unto you, death.”
While seasoned actor, Yinka Quadri, expressed his shock at the sudden demise of the actress whom everybody fondly called Omoge Campus, a clearly grief-stricken Foluke Daramola lamented that Abimbola’s passage had occurred on the eve of the first anniversary of Olaiya’s death.
Also, actor Yomi Fash Lanso, whose phone was switched off when our correspondent called his line, also wrote on the social media platform, “Yet another sad one…Rest In Peace.”
The Actors Guild of Nigeria, in its condolence message to the family and fans of the departed Nollywood actress, described Abimbola’s death as a great loss to the Nigerian film industry where she positively touched many lives through her work.
Also, the vice president of the SouthWest chapter of the AGN, Tope Babayemi, prayed that God would give Abimbola’s family and the entire Nollywood community the fortitude to bear the loss.
“This is another sad loss to the movie industry and it is high time we began to take our health seriously. God gives and God takes. She was a great actress and her fans will miss her greatly,” he said.
Babayemi disclosed that the current leadership of the AGN had put in place a health insurance scheme for its members to reduce loss of life to a minimum.
Also, Mr. Pedro Aganbi, Chairman of Lagos Chapter of AGN, said that Abimbola’s death was tragic because she was a blossoming actress whose potential had just started to come to limelight.