by Lekan Olanrenwaju and Rachel Ogbu
Veteran Nigerian actor Chief James Akwari Iroha, popularly known as “Gringory” after his role in the television show “New Masquerade” has passed away.
A message posted by his son on the actor’s facebook page read:
“Sept 1942 _ Feb 2012
Not long ago a man we have all come to love, a man that has made us laugh, a friend to all but will always be Dad to my little sister Ugonma, my brothers Chiemela, Uche, Kelechi and me passed on.
Chief James Udensi Akwari Iroha OON has passed on today.
May his cheerfull soul rest in the Lord
Akwari james Iroha ( for the family).”
James Iroha was 69 years old, and only months away from his 70th birthday.
Before his death, Gringory was reported to be suffering from an eye ailment and had cried repeatedly for help to alleviate the situation. A few months ago, an interview with the actor wa published in the Saturday Sun. Iroha had complained of being poor, sick, and blind.
According to the interview, . Iroha could hardly afford the bills for medication to keep him in good health. ‘I am almost begging for food; so I need money to pay my rent, buy my medicines and maybe repair my car’, he said.
President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Segun Arinze, confirmed the tragic news. “We at AGN commiserate with his family. May God grant him eternal rest”, Arinze’s statement read.