Saint Obi, one of the most popular and influential actors in the Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood, passed away on May 7, 2023, at the age of 57. His death came as a shock to his fans, colleagues, and family, who mourned the loss of a talented and versatile star. But what was the cause of Saint Obi’s death? How did he die? And what legacy did he leave behind? In this article, we will explore these questions and pay tribute to the life and career of Saint Obi.
The Illness That Took His Life
According to reports, Saint Obi had been battling an undisclosed illness for several months before his death. He had been visiting the hospital regularly to receive treatment, but his condition did not improve. He died at his residence in Jos, Plateau State, where he had been living for some time. His death was not announced until a week later, as his siblings reportedly had a dispute over some issues. His family has not yet issued an official statement on the cause of his death or the funeral arrangements.
Some sources have speculated that Saint Obi may have suffered from cancer, diabetes, or kidney failure, but these claims have not been verified or confirmed by any medical authority or his family. Therefore, the exact cause of Saint Obi’s death remains unknown to the public.
The Career That Made Him Famous
Saint Obi was born on November 16, 1965, in Okpa, Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo State. He was the only son among nine children. He attended primary and secondary schools in Jos, Plateau State, where he developed an interest in acting and drama. He later studied Theatre Arts at the University of Jos and graduated in 1991.
He joined Nollywood in 1995 and rose to fame in 1996 after appearing in some popular NTA commercials. He then starred in over 100 movies, mostly in action, thriller, and romance genres. He was known for his roles in movies such as Candle Light, Sakobi, Goodbye Tomorrow, Heart of Gold, Festival of Fire, Executive Crime, Last Party, and State of Emergency. He also produced and directed some movies, such as Take Me to Maama, Golden Moon, and Breath Again.
Saint Obi was regarded as one of the most handsome and charismatic actors in Nollywood. He won several awards and accolades for his performances and contributions to the industry. He also ventured into music and released some albums, such as Mr. President and Good Time.
The Legacy That He Left Behind
Saint Obi was not only a successful actor but also a philanthropist and a humanitarian. He supported various causes and initiatives that aimed to improve the lives of the less privileged and the marginalized in society. He was involved in campaigns against drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, child trafficking, and violence against women. He also donated to orphanages, schools, hospitals, and churches.
Saint Obi was married to Lydia Saint-Nwafor and they had four children together. He was a devoted husband and father who loved his family dearly. He was also a devout Christian who believed in God and prayed regularly.
Saint Obi’s death has left a huge void in Nollywood and in the hearts of his fans. He will be remembered as a legend who entertained millions with his talent and charisma. He will be missed by many who admired him for his work ethic and generosity. He will be celebrated as a hero who inspired many with his passion and courage.
May his soul rest in peace.