by Rachel Ogbu
Movie lovers and the Nigerian film industry workers were in shock yesterday, November 15 when news that veteran actors, Pete Eneh had died.
Eneh died few days after he had one of his legs amputated due to infection , at Park Lane hospital in Enugu. His health was said to have deteriorated after the amputation, reports claim.
Former chairman of Enugu State chapter of Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Ofiafuluagu Mbaka, said, the celebrated actor died around 1 pm yesterday, in Enugu, though he could not give more details about his death. Special assistant to the state governor on Media, Afam Okereke, who is also an actor confirmed Eneh’s death too.
The infection, according to reports, started last year, after he had an injury on his leg.
His case got worse when he couldn’t get proper medical attention. The actor was said to have been amputated to stop the infection from spreading to other parts of his body.
According to Segun Arinze, “he was a gentleman, professional and like a father to all of us. May his soul rest in peace.”
Award-winning film director, Daniel Ademinokan said: “Uncle Pete was a very gentle soul and peace loving man. I remember the first time I saw him in a movie in which he suffered so much; I was so drawn to his performance even at his age. I knew I had to work with him at some point. Although I did only one project with him, I could never forget such an experience with such a calm but very wise individual. We will miss him because he was a Dad to us all.”
The Secretary-General of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Abubakar Yakub, described the Eneh as a “complete actor and gentleman. He was a father to all, helped nurture AGN and stood by the guild till death. We will miss him greatly and pray for his soul to rest in the bosom of the Lord.”
During his active life in Nollywood, Eneh who was casted in about 98 films featured in hit movies like “Lonely Life”, “Divided Kingdom”, “Prize of Ignorance”, “Heavy Rain”, “Naomi “, “Not Your Wealth,” “Return of Odo,” “Prince,” “Demon in law,” “Blind couple” among other movies. Eneh, famous for his ‘fatherly’ roles was often cast as Patience Ozokwor aka Mama Gee’s husband in movies.
Watch Pete Eneh doing what he does best in this movie ironically titled. “Will of God.”