Popular Nollywood Actor Amaechi Muonagor dies aged 61

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 25 March 2024 at 01:50

Veteran Nigerian actor Amaechi Muonagor died on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at the age of 61.

Munagor’s cousin Tony Muonagor, also known as Tony Oneweek, confirmed the sad news to the BBC, saying the actor was battling kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke.

The veteran actor’s death came just days after he was captured in a viral video pleading for financial help to undergo a kidney transplant.

In the footage, Muonagor appeared visibly frail and in critical condition. The actor became a household name locally and abroad for his role as the father in the Nollywood comedy show "Aki and Paw Paw," where he portrayed the parent of two mischievous teenage boys.

Muonagor’s death comes at a time when Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the passing of Nollywood star John Okafor, alias Mr. Ibu, who died on March 2, 2024.

Mr. Ibu had also taken to social media to appeal for financial help to treat diabetes.

At the time of the financial appeal in October last year, the actor was facing the possibility of having one of his legs amputated.

“If they cut off my leg, where do I go from here? Please pray for me; talk to God Almighty, and I don’t want my legs to be cut off,” Mr. Ibu begged.

A few weeks later, the family of Mr. Ibu announced that the actor’s leg had been amputated for medical reasons.

"This development has been hard on us all, but we’ve had to accept it as Daddy’s new reality," the family said in a statement.

Mr. Ibu’s health, unfortunately, continued to deteriorate, leading to his death early this month. The family said the 62-year-old succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

At the time of his death, the veteran comedian was receiving treatment at Evercare Hospital in Lagos.

Popular Nollywood Actor Amaechi Muonagor dies aged 61