“It’s still difficult to believe” – Actor, Richard Mofe Damijo mourns late colleague, Saint Obi
Popular Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, has taken to social media to mourn the sad demise of his colleague and friend, Obinna Nwafor, better known as Saint Obi.
Recall that Saint Obi passed away on Sunday, May 7, after spending several months traveling to the hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness.
News of his death broke on the internet over the weekend and it was reported that the veteran, who starred in over 100 movies during his active years, kicked the bucket in his sister’s home and his body was taken to the morgue at JUTH last Monday.
Reacting to the tragic news, RMD expressed disbelief and profound sorrow that his colleague is no longer with us. He also recounted how he introduced Saint Obi to the Nollywood movie industry, where he eventually rose to prominence as a celebrated actor.
Taking to his Instagram page, he shared a photo of the actor and wrote,
I recall being at an event in abuja some years ago and we were just catching up and he says to me “bros you nor remember say na you start me on this my journey?” And I was like ‘no way’ and he went on to narrate and he had come to me in the 90s for help and get into the movie industry and I had said I wasn’t doing any film then but I could send him to a friend and brother who did more productions than anyone else at the time and that brother and friend was Zeb EJIRO. I wrote behind my card and off he went and became a big star. The interesting thing then was that Zeb loved him so much he told me I had given him a natural replacement for me in the movies…
Then a few days ago Zik Zulu called and usually when he calls it’s something important. He gave the news of St Obi’s demise. We were both in denial and promised each other to find out more details. Then the news hit me again yesterday… even now it’s still difficult to believe.
Rest in power my brother. My prayers are with the family you’ve left behind. May God give them and us all the fortitude to bear your sudden departure.”