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Jonathan, others mourn Justus Esiri


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has joined other Nigerians in mourning veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri whom he described as an epitome of commitment, excellence and creativity. President Jonathan reiterated his belief that Nollywood actors had carved a positive image for Nigeria in the eyes of the international community, with the late Esiri, a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), having contributed in no small measure to the creation and sustenance of that image.

President Jonathan believed that the Nigerian movie industry and the country as a whole would miss the popular actor, who came to national limelight with his acclaimed performance in the popular television series, “Village Headmaster,” and other movies.  The president extended sincere commiserations to the Esiri family, the government and people of Delta State and all fans of the revered actor.  President Jonathan also condoled with the Nollywood Family on the passage of a notable member, mentor, pioneer and inspiring actor, and enjoined the younger members to keep Justus Esiri’s legacy alive by promoting higher standards in their movies.  He prayed God Almighty would grant the soul of the departed actor, peaceful repose.

Also mourning Eziri, Mr. Medunoye Folorunso, a family friend said Justus Eziri was an icon and a friend he would never forget. He prayed God to grant the family of the departed soul the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. While Chief Lucky Emone, Esiri’s kinsman said Eziri was an enigma and a worthy ambassador to the entertainment industry, his state and Nigeria as a whole. His word: “Umuaghwu Abraka Kingdom has lost one of her best, a bridge builder and a good leader, known for fairness, truth and justice.” Late Esiri was a known man in his neighbourhood and this was not only because he was a popular figure, but also that he was a free man. Even the Okada men told Daily Sun that he was always taking part in any exercise that required a communal effort.

Commenting on Esiri’s contribution to the entertainment industry, veteran Nollywood film producer, Mr. Francis Kaneibi Onwuchi, said: “Justus Esiri, an icon and a Nollywood veteran who lived for 70 years passed on on Tuesday February 19, understandably, this came as a shocking news to some of us close to him, as we were unaware of his health challenges. It is somewhat devastating; as he was one of those elders we usually count on when there are issues to be resolved amongst us. In addition, this just brings to mind that we all must strive at all times to live our lives to the fullest as he did. We definitely would have wished that he lived a few years longer, but at 70, he had done his bit.

“Personally, I related closely with him professionally. Our paths crossed sometime in 1993/94. I was associate producer of the film, “When Flowers Turn Black…” He was one of the leading male artists and from then we shared a lot, even to other productions we participated in. I also gained from his wealth of wisdom during the days of ‘Conference of Motion Picture Practitioners (CMPP),’ an association we all formed to intervene and serve to advocate for the optimum development of Nollywood.

I was assist. secretary general, while he was the president. Uncle J as I fondly called him will never spare me at any meeting, even up till a few weeks ago. We had great times together as fellow actors on the motivational Christian soap, “Heavensgate” currently running on Nigerian televisions. He tried unsuccessfully to make me play golf with him, but I preferred my lawn tennis. We will miss him dearly.”

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  1. OKONKWO IFEANYI February 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    What a great loss!!! R.I.P Justus Esiri.I also pray that God will grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.

  2. Chike February 21, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Eternal rest grant to him o lord and let ur perpetual light shine on him. Amen

  3. Uduaky February 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Hmmmm another Nollywood actor dies yet again. Who is next? RIP

  4. Ebiyi February 21, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Great loss!! May the almighty God grant your soul eternal rest. R I P Justus Esiri.

  5. Emmanuel Omeh February 21, 2013 at 2:42 am

    We will miss You! Inestimable Justus Esiri, farewell

  6. Ozib February 21, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Gud nite, my noble gentle man,

  7. acidtounge February 21, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Goodbye great one goodbye.

  8. Junior February 21, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Once I see his face on any movie , I know it have meaning an icon indeed

  9. esquire February 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Well, God knows the best for both the living & the dead. May the Almighty God comfort his soul. R.I.P. Your movies shall keep your memories alive.

  10. Mic February 21, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Can’t believe he’s slept eternally,one of the actors I’ll not like to miss,Justus,you came,you saw, you conquered.Rest in perfect peace.

  11. Mascort February 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

    RIP Justice Esiri. You have made your mark. Farewell.

  12. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana February 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    May the gentle soul of Justice Esiri rest in perfect peace.

  13. Maduka February 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Wot a grt los again in nelywod R.i.p justus

  14. donald February 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    DR SID pls take heart you are not alone,we pray for your loving dad rest in perfect peace,uncle J we will miss u dearly

  15. Apostle Azor CJ Ubagod February 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    May the Almigthy grant u eternal rest

  16. Atamah February 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    you have done your part, may your soul rset in peace

  17. Chris February 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Farwell Bro

  18. Great February 21, 2013 at 10:54 am


  19. Francess February 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    RIP May Almighty God grant the family to bear the lost

  20. NELSON February 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    At 70 u played ur role very well, since the cold hand of death didn’t allow u to continue, we wish u journey mercy. RIP.

  21. John inalegwu February 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Death simply means servant of God when it comes to you, you have no alternative than to yield to the call .it is a great called

  22. AUTHOR UCJ February 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

    D great actor is gone.Oh, rest in d bosom of d lord.DR. SID,PLS TAKE HEART,DEATH IS INEVITABLE.

  23. susan February 22, 2013 at 6:37 am

    One in a million, rest in perfect peace.

  24. Orji V. I. C February 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

    May God bless Justus’ survivors and may they find wisdom in imotalizin his beatiful legacis. I lov u Esiri but ur maker want u bak home, til we meet to pat knw mor. Adieu.

  25. Uka nnanna February 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace amen

  26. Robert February 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Rest in peace.dear because. U.acted maturedlY

  27. Morizo February 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I am not happy with d demise of my favourite actor. Imagine what he acted in ‘lion king’ so to say

  28. Prince February 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    My HERO farewell, Adiu, RIP I luv u.

  29. Prince February 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    My HERO farewell, Adieu, RIP I luv u.

  30. jannylove February 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Rest in peace

  31. Kuhe Callistus February 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

    U ve gone bcos God want u, R I P Great Artist.

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