NOLLYWOOD actress Rachael Oniga who starred in additional than 100 movies has died aged 64 after a battle with typhoid and malaira.

Oniga was a family identify within the Nigerian film business and had been filming her newest image on the time of her dying on Friday.

Rachael Oniga starred in additional than 100 movies

Her son, Olatunji, confirmed the dying of the actress to Nigerian every day newspaper The Punch and revealed she had been affected by typhoid and malaria.

She used to work for a European engineering consultancy agency with its regional head workplace in Nigeria earlier than turning her abilities to the silver display.

Her profession spanned three a long time and noticed her win a number of awards from her appearances in films resembling The Wedding ceremony Celebration, The Royal Hibiscus Resort, 30 Days in Atlanta, Sango and Out of Bounds.

She was one of the vital well-known faces within the Nigerian movie business often known as “Nollywood”, a mix of the phrases Nigeria and Hollywood.

Born on Might 23, 1957, she options in scores of movies – each in English and Yoruba – since kicking off her profession in 1993.

Her first film was the blockbuster, Onome, whereas her debut film within the Yoruba talking sector of the movie business was Owo Blow.

Rachael handed away at round 10pm after struggling the 2 diseases, in keeping with her son Tunji.

Typhoid is a bacterial an infection that assaults the organs, whereas malaria is an an infection unfold by mosquitoes.

The household additionally denied her dying was associated to Covid.

Theatre Arts and Movement Photos Practitioners Affiliation of Nigeria chairman, Jide Kosoko, additionally confirmed her passing with a publish on Instagram.

Sharing an image of Rachael smiling and sporting a blue costume and bedecked in jewellery, he merely wrote “RIP”.

The star left appearing when she had her three kids – however then returned to arts when she separated from her husband.

I thank God for my life. I imagine no future might be modified


Rachael Oniga

She then devoted herself to her profession and her children as a single mum, saying in a 2017 interview she was “decided to show to [her ex-husband] that I may stand with none man”.

Rachael additionally spoke of desirous to be actress ever since she was a baby, together with her abilities being acknowledged even when she was at major college.

Being an all-girls college, she all the time would play the male roles each time they carried out – usually sporting her younger brother’s garments as costumes.

Rachael Oniga began her appearing profession on display in 1993
Rachael Oniga was a nicely revered chief of the Nollywood scene

Talking of her first expertise of appearing on display, she mentioned: “They gave me a dressing up, did my make-up and different essential issues have been put in place.

“After the primary scene, they requested if I had ever confronted the digital camera earlier than. I mentioned it was my first expertise, however they discovered it arduous to imagine.

“The director couldn’t simply imagine how I didn’t present any stage fright because it was my first time. That was principally how it began for me in 1993.”

And reflecting upon her profession, and the concept she may have been wealthier if she had continued her profession as a pc programmer, Rachael mentioned she had nor regrets.


“I thank God for my life. I imagine no future might be modified. One’s future might be delayed or rotated, however what God has written down for you can’t be modified. I imagine future has put me the place I’m at present,” she mentioned.

“I give God all of the glory. It’s not by my making, and it isn’t like I’m one of the best. It’s simply that God has been merciful to me.

“In precise truth, lots of people began earlier than me and after me, and they’re nowhere to be discovered once more.

“However I thank God that I’m nonetheless related and I plan to proceed to place in my greatest.”