Nollywood — Nigeria’s film industry — has lost a filmmaker, Ansa Bassey Kpokpogri, and an actress, Kudirat Ajimat (pictured).

Kpokpogri, a movie director, reportedly gave up the ghost after complaining of pains from peptic ulcer while Ajimat was said to have died suddenly.

Ajimat’s death was announced by the Theatre Arts and Movie Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Ogun state chapter.

“The news of her death got to us this morning as a shocker but we don’t have power to stop God from doing what is right in HIS sight. We will seriously miss you and your friendly lifestyle,” said TAPMAN in a statement.

Ansa Bassey Kpokpogri
Ansa Bassey Kpokpogri

Uduak Isong Oguamanam, a younger sister of Emem Isong, announced Kpokpogri’s death through a glowing tribute on Facebook.

“Death doesn’t warn you. One moment you’re laughing with a loved one, your head thrown back, with wanton abandon, the next your eyes are bloodshot from weeping for a loss so deep no one can understand.

“I’ll never understand, never come to terms with your death. You were many things to me; Friend. Sister. Business partner. Supporter. Colleague. My life was better because you were in it. Sleep well my beautiful, adorable, amazing Ansa. Till we meet again to part no more,” the tribute read in part.

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