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February 20, 2013

Justus Esiri Is Dead - His Son, Dr Sid, Confirms The Passing On Of The Highly Respected Veteran Actor.

Nollywood Movie Industry has lost another ICON, veteran actor Justus Esiri and Father of Mavin's Dr Sid (real name- Onoriode Esiri). Dr Sid confirmed the passing on of his Father on Twitter. 

The late Justus Esiri was born in November 1942 in Oria, Abraka, Delta State. His studied at Catholic Secondary school in Warri in year 1948 before proceeding to Maximillan University in Munich, German in 1964. 

He also attended Prof. Weners Institute of Engineering, West Berlin, 1967 and the Ahrens School of Performing Arts in 1968. 

Justus Esiri, detoured into motion picture production in 1968 as a staff of the Schiller Theater, Berlin, Germany, where he stayed till 1976. During the 1977 FESTAC held in Lagos, he choreographed the Modern Dress exhibition. 

Before his death, Justus Esiri was a member of the Order of Niger (MON). He came into limelight in the 70's through the popular Village Headmaster TV series. He has also featured in many interesting Nollywood movies.

He was Production Manager for Dinner With The Devil. He worked as News translator and Newscaster with the Voice of Nigeria (German Service).

The veteran actor also won several awards for his acting exploits including THEMA Awards, NTA Honours Awards and AMAA Awards. Esiri star of acclaimed productions like Wasted Years, Forever, The Prize, Six Demons, Corridors of Power, Last Knight, The Tyrant, The investigation, The Ghost is reputed to have performed on more TV Network drama programmes than any Nigerian actor.”

In 2012,  he was conferred with the national honours of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).
According to reports, the Thespian died during the late hours of Monday 19th February 2013. He was 70.

RIP sir. You were an ICON who lived a good and fulfilled life. Your life will surely be celebrated. Condolence to Mrs Omiete Esiri, Dr Sid and the rest of your family. Adieu sir.

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