Nollywood veteran actress ‘Ireti’ is dead, as Segun Arinze, Fred Amata pay tributes

Nollywood veteran actress, Oluwasolamipe Onayiga, popularly known as ‘Ireti’ is dead.

The renowned actress, who played the role of Ireti with Kunle Bamtefa in the popular soap ‘Fuji House of Commotion’, died on Monday after a brief illness.

Fuji House of Commotion, a Nigerian sitcom, produced and directed by late Amaka Igwe, was a spin-off of nineties soap opera ‘Checkmate’, one of the few Nigerian television programmes to have obtained that status.

Mr Seun Oloketuyi ,founder of the Best Nollywood Awards, made the news public to her fans and well-wishers on his social media platforms.

“I have just been informed that the accomplished stage and screen actress and Fellow of Theatre Arts, Auntie Sola Awojobi Onayiga has passed on.

“Auntie Sola, who is best known for living delightfully the role of Ireti (a.k.a cooking practicals) in the defunct television sitcom ‘CHECKMATE’ reportedly passed on this morning,” Oloketuyi wrote.

According to him, her  husband, Pastor Tosin Onayiga, also confirmed the incident, saying she died around 3:45a.m on Monday.

TRIBUTES

Nollywood actors, Segun Arinze and Fred Amata, on Monday paid tributes to late actress Ada Ameh, who died on Sunday at a hospital in Warri, Delta, at the age of 48.

The actors in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos described late Ameh’s death as a huge loss to the entertainment industry.

According to them, Ameh was a fantastic actress.

Arinze said the deceased was a loving actress who would be sorely missed by her fans and colleagues in the industry.

He said late Ameh spoke about experiencing some mental health problems but unfortunately, nobody took her up on it.

He, however, advised his colleagues in the industry to always look after one another to guide against future recurrence of such cases.

“It is a crazy morning for me to wake up to this kind of news, it is more than heart-wrenching for me.

“I am surprised that she was talking about mental health issues and nobody was looking in her direction.

“I think it is high time we actors began to check on one another, we should value ourselves, reach out to one another. I do that sometimes, everything is not all about money and hustling.

“I pray God grants her family and we, her friends the fortitude to bear the loss, it is a sad one but she has played her part,” he said.

Also, Amata described the deceased as an honest and upfront fellow, who represented the true spirit of Nollywood, from nothing to something.

He said Ameh’s death was a huge loss to the entertainment industry, considering her remarkable contributions.

“I am yet to absorb the news of her death, a devastating one but true talent never dies, she lives on because her legacies live on,” Amata said.

NAN reports that Ameh was born May 15, 1974 and had spent more than two decades in the Nigerian movie industry.

She was most notable for her character as Anita in the 1996 movie titled, “Domitilla”, and as Emu Johnson in the award winning Nigerian television series titled, “The Johnsons”.

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