Rivers State Chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Chief Ken Osunwa, has described the death of Nollywood actor, Mr. Samuel Adimabua Obiago, popularly known as DaddySam, as a heavy blow to the Nigerian Movie Industry.
According to him, DaddySam, who was also a film maker and producer, was one of the sought after actors in the industry.
Osunwa described the legendary Nollywood star who died at the age of 57, as a role model, father figure and friend to upcoming talents in the Nigerian movie industry, adding that he will be greatly missed.
He said “his loss is a setback in the sense that a lot of upcoming actors are looking up to him. He is one person that has accomplished much in the industry. Sam is one persons that relates with almost everybody, in fact his loss is a big setback because so many people depend on his guidance, his role model lifestyle, kindness. He is a very friendly person to almost all the guild members.
“To show how it pained the Guild, the national had to impose ‘No shooting Day’ on the day of his burial, on the 11th precisely, no shooting anywhere, in the whole of Nigeria territory. That will tell you how we respect him. That’s the directive of the national of Actors Guild of Nigeria, that on the 11th, there should not be any shooting.”
Osunwa explained that his first reaction when he heard the news of the unfortunate demise of DaddySam was “why now? That was my impression, why now? Why Sam? Why now means you have a personal relationship with him, we have a number of things we planned to do even in Rivers State this year. We said in the New Year we are going to do this; we are going to do that with him.
“A lot of our Guild members have contacted him for a shoot in Port Harcourt, so it was just like too sudden for him at 57 or thereabout. It is not what we expect now, we need people like him around and again we have had so many of our members dying, so it calls for questioning.”
DaddySam, who suffered from a stroke for some time, was said to have died in the early hours of Thursday, December 23, 2021, and will be buried February 11, 2022.
He was one of the star actors in the Nigerian movie industry and started acting in 2013, after he reportedly abandoned his career in the banking sector.
He has featured in over 100 movies, but majors mainly on fatherly roles and that of a king in mostly epic movies. some of his memorable movie roles include, ‘Tears of a king’, ‘Woman of fire’, ‘Royal turning point’, ‘Magic Dragon’, ‘Village Runs’, ‘Jealousy a Poison to the Heart’, ‘The Love of a Father and Daughter’, ‘My Decision’, ‘When a beautiful girl loves a kitchen boy,’ among several others.
He had a masters degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has severally starred alongside the likes of Yul Edochie, Destiny Etiko, Ken Erics, Zubby Michael, Rachael Okonkwo, Regina Daniels, Chika Ike, Chizzy Alichi.