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Friday, December 7, 2012
Nollywood Veteran Actor Enebeli Elebuwa is Dead
The actor, who is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) died Tuesday night at an Indian hospital after battling with partial stroke for more than a year. The actor Enebeli Elebuwa was flown to an unnamed Indian hospital for proper medical attention after attempts to treat him at the St. Luke’s hospital, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria failed. Early this year, controversial Nigerian man of God, Apostle Sign Fireman posted a video on video sharing site, YouTube claiming to have healed the veteran actor of his partial stroke. The video showed Enebeli struggling to walk during the healing service done for him. The pastor thereafter claimed that in a matter of days, Enebeli would be able to walk well. The actor, soon after, denied the healing and was subsequently flown out of Nigeria after his condition worsened. While on admission in India, members of his Ndokwa community of Delta State based in India visited to lend him support and wish him speedy recovery. Enebeli Elebuwa was a native of Upkane in Otagunu local government area of Delta State. His dad died when he was 10 years old, forcing him to leave his home town when he was only 12 years to stay with someone in Lagos. Pa Enebeli, as he was affectionately called, was a retired civil servant and an actor who had over three decades of acting experience. Enebeli’s first ever acting role was in the soap Mirror In The Sun. He appeared in the first three pilot episodes of that series and eventually worked as an assistant producer and director. He has since been part of many productions including Heaven’s Gate produced by another veteran actor Zik Okafor. Enebeli’s first movie was a film (celluloid) called Dinner with the Devil, produced by Sanya Dosumu in 1974 where he played the role of a police officer investigating a crime. He also featured in other major films including Bisi Daughter of the River by Jab Adu and Eddie Ugboma’s Oyenusi. He also acted in the now rested popular television drama, The Village Headmaster.
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