Veteran Nollywood actor, Ernest Asuzu, has died in Lagos, Nigeria. His wife, Jennifer Asuzu confirmed the news of his death to the media. His wife said the actor slumped on Tuesday 26 of last month in the evening and never woke up. He was the toast of Nollywood until his career nosedived after he came down with a stroke in 2015 and it affected his speech. He was also bedridden for three years. Before his death, the actor battled stroke amidst personal problems that kept him out of the limelight. In his last interview December 2020, Asuzu said his problem was spiritual. He was also planning a return to Nollywood and music after an eight-year hiatus. Asuzu began his acting career in the ’90s and rose to prominence after he starred in the 1997 Nollywood classic, ‘Rituals’. Apart from acting, he was also a musician with the name El Cream. Originally from Imo state, Asuzu grew up in Lagos state where he had his primary and secondary school education. Asuzu rose to limelight in the 1990s after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster ‘Another Campus Queen. ‘He went to star alongside some of Nollywood’s greats like Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Emeka Ike and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.

Just like a number of movie stars, Asuzu also had a stint in the music industry. His stage name was El Cream. After his time in the limelight, the actor had personal problems. His health issues took a toll on him financially while he was also once rumoured dead. The likes of popular Delta State-based Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufenyin of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry Warri and Mrs Obiano, the First Lady of Anambra State came to his aid. Ernest Asuzu, one of the most beloved Nollywood personalities of the modern era, best known for playing criminal and bad boy roles in the 90s. He is survived by his wife and two children. He reportedly starred in over 150 movies during his career in Nollywood. He was 37.Rest in Peace.

Author: Ibukun Babatunde

Lagos, Nigeria



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