Renowned Yoruba Actor Murphy Afolabi Passes Away
Celebrated Yoruba actor Murphy Afolabi has tragically passed away. The news was announced by Seun Oloketuyi, president of the Yoruba movies directors guild and founder of Best of Nollywood Awards.
Afolabi’s death was reportedly caused by complications after a fall in the bathroom. The actor’s passing comes less than 24 hours after the death of fellow Nollywood star, Saint Obi.
In response to the news, fellow Yoruba actor Odunlade Adekola posted a photo of Afolabi with the caption, “Jesus Christ, we lost Murphy.”
Numerous Nollywood actors have taken to social media to mourn the loss of the beloved veteran. Among them, Kemi Afolabi expressed her grief, saying, “Phew! Rest in peace, sir. Death a debt everyone owes and must pay.”
Kunle Afod shared his sorrow on Instagram, writing, “R.I.P Adedigba. We will surely miss you. We drank from your River of knowledge, we know how important you are, the sad news this morning really broke my heart.”
Other actors, including Yinka Quadri, Madam Saje, and Yomi Fabiyi, also offered their condolences on social media.
The acclaimed actor, aged 49, was born in Osun State and was a native of Osogbo town. Afolabi studied Movie Production, Mass Communications, and Theatre Arts at Ire Polytechnic in Osun.
Murphy Afolabi: A Brief Biography
- Early Life and Background: Born in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, Murphy Afolabi grew up with a passion for acting. He was born on May 5, 1974, and hailed from a family deeply rooted in Yoruba culture.
- Education: Afolabi pursued higher education at Ire Polytechnic, Osun, where he studied Movie Production, Mass Communications, and Theatre Arts. His education helped lay the foundation for his successful acting career.
- Acting Career: Murphy Afolabi began his acting career in the late 1990s, quickly making a name for himself in the Yoruba film industry. Over the years, he starred in numerous movies, becoming a prominent figure in Nollywood. Afolabi was known for his strong portrayal of characters, often taking on challenging roles that showcased his acting prowess.
- Directing and Producing: In addition to his acting career, Afolabi ventured into directing and producing. He contributed to the growth of the Yoruba film industry by working behind the scenes to create high-quality movies.
- Awards and Recognition: Throughout his career, Murphy Afolabi received several awards and nominations for his outstanding work in the film industry. He was celebrated for his remarkable talent and dedication to his craft.
- Personal Life: Afolabi was a private individual who kept his personal life out of the limelight. Despite his fame, he preferred to maintain a low profile and focus on his career.
- Tragic Death: Murphy Afolabi’s sudden passing on May 14, 2023, shocked the Nollywood community. His death, caused by complications after a fall in the bathroom, marked the end of an illustrious career that left an indelible mark on the Yoruba film industry.