Friends, families, colleagues, admirers and many others converged on National Theatre, in Iganmu, Lagos, for an evening of tributes for one of Nollywood’s most outstanding and phenomenal practitioners, Chico Ejiro.
Mr. Ejiro, popularly known as Mr. Prolific, died on Christmas day, December 25, 2020, after battling ill health for some time.
The sobering all-white event which held in the open field and under strict covid protocols attracted the like of Richard Mofe Damijo, Saint Obi, Sammie Okposo, Fred Amata, Opa Williams, Segun Arinze, Zik Zulu Okafor, Mike Nliam, Fidelis Duker, Paul Obazele, Mahmood Alli-Balogun, Ada Ameh, Desmond Elliot, Tricia Eseigbe-Kerry, Keppy Ekpenyong, Bond Emeruwa, Sony Mcdon, Azuh Arinze, Jude Oditah and Kate Effiong-Okunnu.
Also present were Kingsley Ogoro, Emeka Enyiocha, Ikenna Umeononuju, Uche Anyamele, Mellamby Ileogben, Abbay Esho, Albert Kalu, Mike Okri, Agatha Amata, Temitope Duker and scores of family members, including Zeb, the deceased’s elder brother, Chico’s wife, Joy and their four children. The two eldest ones took the first and second readings.
Tributes poured in from those that interacted with the deceased before death took him away. But the high point was when a documentary chronicling his life and times was played. Immediately he was shown singing one of his favorite songs, Aka Akaya, many lost it.
Anchored by the duo of Segun Arinze and Paul Obazele, with the incredibly talented Sammie Okposo providing music, here are some shots from the event as captured by YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine’s TOKUNBO IBIKUNLE who was there…