Friday, 12 April 2013

Justus Esiri buried

The body of the late veteran actor, Justus Esiri, was buried today in his hometown, Abraka, Delta State. The late theatre icon began his
final journey home with a Tribute
Night organised by the Actors’
Guild of Nigerian in Lagos. It was
followed by a service of songs
and general mass on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively at
St. Jude Catholic Church,
Mafoluku, Lagos, before his body
was taken to Delta State for
burial. Friday morning, a commendation
mass/lying-in-state was held at
the Polo Turf in Abraka, before
the body of Esiri was moved to
his residence in Abraka for
interment and entertainment of guests. Chief Esiri popularly known as
the Village Headmaster, died on
19 February following
complications from diabetes. Born in 1942, Esiri had his
primary and secondary school
education in Abraka and Warri,
respectively, before proceeding
to the Maximillan University and
Weners Institute of Engineering in Germany, between 1964 and
1968. Having worked for some time as
a newscaster with the Voice of
Nigeria, German Service, he
veered into movie, had a stint
with the Schiller Theatre in Berlin
before returning to Nigeria in 1976. The late actor played a key role
in the production of Dr. Ola
Balogun’s movie, Dinner with the
Devil, as well as during the
Second World Black and African
Festival of Art and Culture in Lagos, tagged FESTAC ’77 in
1977.

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