Murphy Afolabi, the Nigerian actor popular in the Yoruba film industry, has been laid to rest in Lagos.


Afolabi passed away on Sunday — a few days after celebrating his 49th birthday via his Instagram page.

When contacted by TheCable, Damola Olatunji, chairman of the directors guild at TAMPAN, said Afolabi died after he slumped in the bathroom.

He said the deceased had briefly suffered typhoid and malaria before he slumped.


“He slumped in the bathroom and died. Everyone is still at the hospital waiting for the family,” Olatunji had said.

Afolabi was buried at his Ikorodu residence on Monday.

His body arrived at the burial ground from the mortuary in a transparent casket.


According to Islamic rites, Afolabi was wrapped in a white cloth and laid in a simple narrow grave.

The actor was laid to rest as tears flowed from family, friends, and colleagues in the Yoruba movie industry.

Mr Latin, veteran actor and president of TAMPAN, was initially denied access to the burial ground by “area boys”.

Mercy Aigbe, Kemi Afolabi, and Damilola Olatunji were among the prominent persons who attended the burial ceremony.

Murphy Afolabi started acting in childhood.

He was featured in the movie ‘Ifa Olokun’ under the tutelage of Fasasi Olabankewin, a film veteran better known as Dagunro.

Afolabi also received positive reviews for his delivery and interpretation of scripts in Yoruba movies.

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