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No, Nigeria Nollywood actor Ngozi Ezeonu not dead

IN SHORT: Several posts on Facebook have claimed that the popular Nigerian actor Ngozi Ezeonu is dead. But this is false.

Posts about the death of popular Nigerian actor Ngozi Ezeonu arecirculating on social media in January 2024. 

Ezeonu is a former journalist who started acting in Nollywood in 1994 and has appeared in over 300 movies.

The Nigerian film industry is popularly known as Nollywood.

One Facebook post reads: “BREAKING! Actress Ngozi Ezeonu is reportedly dead. Very tearfully indeed although no Queen reigns forever. She has showcased wonders in the business of Movies, having taken leads and participations in over 50 movies in the Nollywood industry. Rest In Peace Mummy-General.”

In the comment section, some people doubted the authenticity of the post. But we found similar posts on Facebook here, here, here and here

So has Ezeonu passed away? We checked.


Ngozi Ezeonu not dead

The actor posted an image to Instagram in the first week of January 2024 with the caption “A RARE GEM IS GONE” and this stirred the rumour about her death. She has since deleted the post. 

Ngozi took to her verified Instagram page to debunk the rumour.

In the video, she said: “I don’t see any reason why my post should be misunderstood. I lost a very close friend of mine and I posted a half burnt candle. They added my picture on that candle and everybody started posting that I died already … For the people who wish me well, I am alive and healthy.”

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