Tragedy struck the Nigerian film industry dubbed Nollywood Sunday when news of the sudden demise of actor Murphy Afolabi filtered in,premium times.

The news of his passing is coming at a time when industry practitioners are yet to come to terms with the news of the death of one of its veterans, Saint Obi.

According to information by his colleagues, Mr Afolabi, who is famous for acting in Yoruba movies, slipped in the bathroom at his house in Ikorodu, Lagos, on Sunday morning.

The President of the Yoruba movies directors guild, Seun Olaiya, broke the news of his demise on a WhatsApp platform for filmmakers.

The light-skinned actor’s last post on social media was on Saturday where he wished his fans a happy weekend.


Meanwhile, fans and colleagues of the actor have been sending in their condolences.

On Instagram, actor Yomi Fabiyi described the late actor as talented, creative, hardworking, so soft, humble and supportive.

He wrote; “So I won’t set my eyes on you again. I may not see through your heart 100% sir Murph but to the best of my knowledge you like, you respect, you value my talent, you respect my decisions and we are hardly at loggerheads.

“You are always at peace. BEN 3, so di gbere naa nu. If only this death gave us a chance to move, sacrifice, run around to save you, I would have tried my best senior man, sure you know. So sad I won’t be there to play my LAST RESPECT. Rest on Warrior!”

Murphy Afolabi

Born on the 5th of May, 1974, the actor just celebrated his 49th birthday.

Born in Osun State, the actor and producer hails from Oroki Asala in Osogbo. He had a Diploma in Theatre Arts and Film Production from Osun State Polytechnic in Iree where he graduated in 2001.

The late actor was a father of three, two boys, and one girl: Afolabi Olamilekan, Afolabi Fathia Moyosore, and Okikiola Afolabi.

The actor shot to fame following his role in the movie ‘Omo Rapala.’

He acted in over 60 movies including Olokiki Oru, The Midnight Sensation, Basira Badia, Olukoti, Idera, Wasila Coded Reloaded, Osun the Goddess, Queen Lateefat, Mafi Wonmi, Four Lions, Blackout, One Blood, Owowunmi, Porshe Babes and a host of others.


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