Nigerian Actress Ethel Ekpe Passes Away After Brave Battle with Cancer
The Nigerian entertainment industry mourns the loss of veteran actress Ethel Aderemi, formerly known as Ethel Ekpe, who passed away after bravely battling cancer in Lagos. The news of her passing was confirmed by Dr. Shaibu Husseini, the Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), in a poignant Facebook post on Wednesday night.
Ethel Ekpe, known for her iconic portrayal of Segi in the beloved sitcom “Basi and Company” on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), by Ken Saro Wiwa, captivated audiences with her inimitable talent and infectious charm. Her memorable performances endeared her to fans across Nigeria and solidified her status as a stalwart of Nigerian television.
Dr. Husseini’s heartfelt tribute to Ethel Ekpe underscored her lasting impact on the Nigerian entertainment landscape, with her contributions to the industry leaving an indelible mark on colleagues and fans alike. Reflecting on the personal connection he shared with the late actress, Dr. Husseini revealed that he named his second daughter Ethel in her honor, a testament to the profound admiration and respect he held for her.
Ethel Ekpe’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of her colleagues and fans, yet her legacy as a talented performer and dedicated advocate for the arts will continue to inspire future generations of Nigerian actors and actresses. As the Nigerian entertainment community mourns the loss of one of its brightest stars, Ethel Ekpe’s memory will be cherished, and her contributions to the industry celebrated for years to come.