Village Headmaster, Esiri Farewell, Jonathan, Others Mourn

Village Headmaster, Esiri Farewell, Jonathan, Others Mourn
President Goodluck Jonathan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) have joined other Nigerians in mourning the death of veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri popularly known as Village Headmaster. Esiri died of an undisclosed ailment yesterday.

Jonathan described the actor as an epitome of commitment, excellence and creativity. Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati noted in a statement that President Jonathan reiterated his belief that Nollywood actors have carved a positive image for Nigeria in the eyes of the international community.

Abati state that “President Jonathan believes that the Nigerian movie industry and the country as a whole will greatly miss the popular actor who came to national limelight with his acclaimed performance in the popular television series, Village Headmaster, and other movies.

“The President extends sincere commiserations to the Esiri family, the government and people of Delta State and all fans of the revered actor.

President Jonathan also condoles the Nollywood family on the passage of a notable member, mentor, pioneer and inspiring actor, and enjoins the younger members to keep Justus Esiri’s legacy  alive by promoting higher standards in their movies.

“He prays God Almighty will grant the soul of the departed actor peaceful repose”.

Esiri’s Death, National Loss - PDP
Meanwhile, PDP yesterday described the death of Esiri as a national loss.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said in a statement in Abuja that the late Esiri was an epitome of virtue.

He said that Esiri used his talent to teach values and patriotism and urged the younger ones to emulate him.
Metuh said Esiri contributed immensely to the development of the nation’s movie industry, adding that his memory would remain fresh in the hearts of Nigerians.

Death Painful, Irreparable Loss - NFC
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) yesterday in Abuja described Esiri’s death as painful and an irreplaceable loss to the Nigerian entertainment industry.

A statement issued by the head, public affairs of NFC, Mr Brian Etuk, quoted the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the corporation, Mr. Afolabi Adesanya, as saying that ``the veteran and legendary actor was a great influence to all television and movie lovers.
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