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Friday, May 11, 2012

Tears As 9 Idoma Entertainers Perished In One Day .Colleagues Mourn


The ever-growing Idoma entertainment
industry was recently thrown into
mourning and unending tears following
the sad and painful demise of nine of its
promising members who were involved in
a ghastly motor accident.

The unfortunate incident happened along
Enugu road on their way back from a
performance, leaving nine of them dead
instantly and four others seriously injured.
The 14-seater vehicle conveying the
entertainers from Otukpo, Benue State was
thrown off the road in a head-on collision
with a trailer while trying to overtake a
vehicle.

“Nine of the occupants traveling in the bus
lost their lives in the accident, while four
others were severely injured,” an
eyewitness said.

The sight was so bad to behold as
dismembered bodies of the victims could
be seen scattered all over the place with
sympathizers and rescue workers wailing,
he said.

According to him, the late artistes include:
Eunice Kahn, Inalegwu Alechenu, Bathy
Jayboy, Ogboji John, Owoicho Agada, Pius
and Moses, among others. One of the
survivors eventually died on Saturday,” he
added.

Asked if the industry would immortalize
them, the source further said: “Since the
incident, we’ve not even heard from the
state government.
We cannot do it on our own, we need their
help and they are not helping matters. It’s
so sad that the Idoma entertainment
industry has produced big names such as
2face, Bongos Ikwue, TerryG, Blackface,
Ada Ameh and host of others and no
attention is given to promote it,” he
lamented.

Meanwhile, members of the Idoma
entertainment industry have expressed
shock over the death of their colleagues.
With a quaky voice, the devastated
president of the Otukpo-based Hilltop
Entertainment, Lawrence Chukwu, in a
telephone chat with Entertainment Express
said his outfit would dearly miss all the
victims, especially Eunice Kahn: “Eunice
was a member of Hilltop
Entertainment, Otukpo. She was a very
funny person.

That was one of the things I liked about
her. I remember when we shot one of our
movies, Ododo K’Ihotu, directed by Dan
Akpa, she kept the location lively with her
witty sayings. I am short of words. It is so
sad that we had to lose her and others. It
is so painful”, the emotion-landen
entertainer cried.

Speaking further, Chukwu said, “I am
devastated. It came as a shock to me.”
According to him, Eunice, though an Indian
by nationality whose mum hails from
Idoma remains a mark in the young but
promising industry.
“On behalf of members of our outfit I
wish to commiserate with the families of
the deceased. May God give them the
fortitude to bear the loss,” he added.

Also speaking with EE on phone, one of
the founding fathers of the Idoma movie
industry, Agada Johnson, the boss of
Manex Film Production said:
“I wish to commiserate with the victims’
families on behalf of my family and the
entire Idoma entertainment industry. We
mourn with the families on the irreparable
losses and pray God to give them the
grace to cope with the heavy losses.

When contacted, St. Godwin Ochola, PRO,
Idomawood and director, St. Godwin
Production, Otukpo, said the industry
would forever miss the deceased, saying
he received the news with immense
sadness. He further prayed God to grant
their souls eternal rest.

Entertianment Express

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