In a devastating turn of events for the Nollywood industry, the untimely demise of popular actors Saint Obi and Murphy Afolabi was recently followed by another heartbreaking loss. Chikezie Uwazie, a revered figure in the early 2000s Nigerian film scene, has passed away.
According to reports, Chikezie Uwazie breathed his last in the United States of America a few days ago, following a second brain surgery. Having left Nigeria over seven years ago, he had relocated to the United States, seeking new opportunities and aspirations.
Chikezie Uwazie’s talent shone brightly in numerous Nollywood productions prior to his departure. His notable works include the acclaimed movie “Musical Whispers,” a thought-provoking film centered around autism, expertly produced by Ebele Okaro and skillfully directed by Bond Emeruwa. Additionally, he left his mark in “Village Destroyer,” sharing the screen with celebrated actors such as Osita Iheme and Ugo Ugbor. Another memorable performance of his was in the film “Last Kiss,” where he showcased his acting prowess alongside Emeka Ike, Ini Edo, Ejike Asiegbu, and Mercy Johnson Okojie, among a multitude of other talented artists.
The news of Chikezie Uwazie’s passing was first shared by his colleague, Obey Etok Chima, who took to Facebook on a somber Sunday to express her disbelief and sorrow. In her heartfelt post, she wrote, “I can’t imagine I am posting this. Chikezie Uwazie goneeeee. After a 2nd brain surgery. Gini na emezi. Am so shocked to get this news this evening. Just got this from our IMSU alumni platform. I thought you told me you were going to the states for greener pastures. You promised to come back some years back but I didn’t see you. Can’t believe you are gone, but God knows best. Rest on Chyko.”
The devastating loss of Chikezie Uwazie marks the third tragedy to strike the Nollywood community within a span of just three days, following the recent passings of St. Obi and Murphy Afolabi. As the industry mourns the loss of these talented actors, their contributions to Nigerian cinema will forever be remembered and cherished.