The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, has lost another veteran actor, Jim Lawson Maduike, to the cold hand of death.
A statement by the national secretary of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Abubakar Yakubu, on Saturday, confirmed the tragic news.
According to him, the Imo State-born actor gave up the ghost on Friday evening after a brief illness.
He said: “I have been able to confirm from Imo, where he comes from. I got his direct number but it’s not going through.
“It’s true that he died last night (Friday night). It was said that he fell briefly ill. We are still awaiting more details,” Yakubu said.
Before acting, Maduike worked with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Ray Power, and MINAJ FM.
The actor had joined the Nigerian movie industry in 2004 and has since then taken up roles in more than 150 Nollywood movies which include ‘Heartbeats’, ‘Royal Madness’, ‘Save the Prince’, ‘The Hunter’, and ‘Tomorrow Must Wait’.
Other movies he has starred include ‘The Masters’, ‘My Conscience’, ‘The Trust’, ‘Queen of Aso Rock’, ‘Lust for Lust’, ‘Atonement’, ‘National Cake’, ‘Executive Mess’, ‘Enemies In Love’, and ‘Still In Love.
Over the course of his acting career, Maduike played the role of a father, elder, uncle, traditional ruler, and husband in several movie projects alongside the likes of Ngozi Ezeonu, Ebele Okaro, Pete Edochie, and Chinwe Ntaluagu.