Veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Chico Ejiro, passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.
According to reports, Chico Ejiro died from a seizure a few hours after he concluded directing his new movie on Christmas Eve.
A close source said: “He was ill about five weeks ago and he was rushed to a hospital in Surulere where he was placed on admission. After about a week, he was discharged and he went back home to recuperate.
“From what he said, he had high blood pressure that led to some heart complications. He was recuperating and got better. He even started a production that he was shooting about four days ago but he was not fully involved.
“He was just like the supervising director. He will go to the location and supervise them, so, we all felt that he was good. Although he kept saying that he had not gotten back to his full health; he was still very weak. We were shocked about his death because he was even talking to some of his friends till late last night. I learned he died about 2 am this morning.”
His colleague and close friend, Zik Zulu, said, “Yes, it is true, Chico Ejiro is dead.”
The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, also confirmed the filmmaker’s death.
He said, “I just learned of his death. The news of his death is so devastating. I do not know the cause of his death; I am still calling around to get the proper information and I am waiting for his association ― The Association of Movie Producers ― to make a statement.”
However, his remains have been deposited at the morgue.
Ejiro produced movies like Silent Night, Blood Money, Deadly Affair, among several other notable movies.