Tributes are pouring in from colleagues and friends of late Veteran Nollywood Actress, Rachel Oniga, who died on the night of Friday, 30th July 2021, from heart-related complications at the age of 64.
The family of Oniga, through her sister, Deaconess Toyin Odusote, said Oniga had been battling a heart ailment for some time before her demise. The family also cleared the air about the cause of her death, as many had speculated that she died as a result of covid-19 related complications.
Odusote said: “Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died of covid-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died of heart-related issues, an ailment she battled for a short period before her demise”.
She further said “We accept her sudden transition as God’s design and we see it as a function of a race of life well finished”, and asked for the family to be allowed to mourn privately, while also saying that burial arrangements would be duly communicated to the public.
Many colleagues and friends of Oniga in the movie industry have mourned her on social media.
Actress and filmmaker, Toyin Abraham, took to her Instagram page to pay tribute to the late actress, who played the role of her mother in the movie, Alakada.
Other Nollywood stars, who featured alongside Oniga in a yet-to-be-released movie — ‘Love Castle‘, have also mourned her.
Before the demise of the veteran actress, she featured in the movie with colleagues in the Nollywood industry: Kehinde Bankole, Jide Kosoko, Zack Orji, Desmond Elliot, Femi Adebayo Salami, Adedimeji Lateef, and Halima Abubakar.
The movie producer, Beatrice Ogunmola in her tribute, described Oniga as “an icon”. She said, “My dear Chief (Mrs) Rachel Tabuno Oniga, our own Aunty Rachel in the Nollywood industry, your death is one too many. To say that we’re devastated is an understatement”.
Other Actors who also featured in the movie with her mourned her on their various social media handles.
Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwo, on Saturday mourned her friend and colleague, Rachel Oniga.
In reaction to her demise, her friend and colleague, Patience Ozokwor, in a heartbreaking video amid tears revealed that she had no idea the late Oniga was ill and bade her farewell.
Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw in an Instagram video called out online trolls who have made it a habit to monitor how celebrities chose to mourn the death of a loved one or colleague. According to Henshaw, the behavior is completely reprehensible which is why she chose to address it rather than turn a blind eye.
She admonished people she called “Mobile Mourners Police” to desist from any form of cyberbullying and allow people to mourn in peace, as everyone mourns differently.
Oniga, who was from Delta State, was born on May 23, 1957, in Lagos. Some of the first movies she appeared in were Memorial Hospital (1993) and Onome (1996). The actress also gained popularity in 1995, when she featured in the Yoruba movie, ‘Owo Blow’.
Over the years, she has appeared in numerous films including Another Love, Out of Bounds, Sango, Passion of Mind, Doctor Bello, 30 Days in Atlanta, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, and Chief Daddy.
Her last known movie appearance was in the movie, Village People, which was produced by comedian, Bovi Ugboma.
The actress is survived by children and grandchildren.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe