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Popular Nigerian Nollywood actor, Sam Loco Efe is dead.

Popular Nigerian Nollywood actor, Sam Loco Efe is dead

 From Ovada Ohiare, Abuja

A popular Nigerian movie actor, Sam Loco is dead. He was said to have died early Sunday morning at a film location in Owerri, the Imo state capital. African Outlook has not been able to confirm the circumstance that led to the death of the veteran actor.

Sam Loco was one of the most talented actors of contemporary Nigerian theater. He had for many years distinguished himself as a rare talent for both television and stage drama.

Born in Enugu, Sam Loco parents were originally from Benin, in Edo State Nigeria. The late actor spent his early childhood in Abakaliki.

He was also a writer and a singer.

Loco once identified discipline as the hallmark of every actor. He attributed his success in his profession to dedication, discipline and adherence to professionalism.


“ I believe that training starts when one is born and ends when one is dead,” Loco was once quoted as saying. 

Recalling how he wrote, performed and presented his first play for a drama competition on October 1, 1960, Loco hinted that he became a dramatist “through accidental discharge. ” He told how as a secondary school pupil, he was the only competitor whose entry came last but same entry ironically launched him into drama without prior training.

A graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan, Loco came into limelight when he was voted best actor for his role in Langbodo, Nigeria’s only drama entry for FESTAC ‘77 directed by Dapo Adelugba.

Also in 1996, Loco won three awards in the THEMA edition. Some of his popular works include: Picadilly Circus, Sergeant Okoro and Ukwa. He was the national chairman caretaker committee of the Actors Guild of Nigeria as well as chairman, board of veterans of the same guild.