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Remembering the celebrities Nigerians lost in 2023


Losing singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, fondly known as Mohbad, was a huge blow to Nigerians especially because his passing on September 12, 2023, was highly unexpected. The 27-year-old singer gave us hits back to back during his short time in the music industry after his big break. Singing lines from his songs like “Ko pe ke” or “Wetin be this one like this?” would never be far from our mouths.

His catchy tunes and laid-back personality during interviews would continue to be revered. Even in the ongoing fight for justice over his untimely demise, we continue to remember him for his impact.

Mohbad’s untimely death sparked nationwide outrage and demands to look into his passing [ChannelsTV]

Nollywood lost influential actress, Cynthia Okereke, this year as announced by her colleague Joseph Okechukwu. She was 63 years old when she died and will be remembered for her iconic roles in movies over the years, especially in the ever-funny Osuofia in London. She also starred in movies such as Reggae BoysNwando, the iconic movie A Fool at 40, and Katakata, amongst many others. Okereke’s death came as a shock to many and even though she will be missed, we seek solace in the legacy she left behind.

Cynthia Okereke [Gistreel]

Our childhoods would have never been the same without tapping our heads and saying “Oh Jibijibijibi” like Papa Ajasco used to. This year we also said goodbye to Femi Ogunrombi who played Papa Ajasco, he died in January 2023 and his passing was announced by Shaibu Husseini, a theatre practitioner and journalist, in a tweet.

He played the stand-in ‘Papa Ajasco’ when Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show