In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, August, 2020

Remembering Nollywood Legend, Sam Loco, 9 Years On

Remembering Nollywood Legend, Sam Loco, Nine Years On

Sam Loco

Sam Loco

Precisely 9 years in the past right this moment, veteran Nollywood actor, Sam Loco, died in his sleep at Rapour Lodge, Owerri, Imo State.

He was 72.

The actor had simply completed a brand new film titled ‘The Unknown Prophet’, partially shot in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He then moved to Owerri to begin modifying the movie produced by Favour Ogosi.

His resort room door needed to be pressured open after he failed to answer quite a few cellphone calls the next morning.

The film was devoted to his reminiscence.

His son, Omoruyi Loco Efe, took to Twitter Friday to recollect his late dad’s legacy.

He wrote, “Round this time in 2011, I used to be simply beginning my bar finals exams when information of your dying hit me. 9 years gone! 9 years remembered! Relaxation on Erhamwen!”.

In honour of the late actor, PREMIUM TIMES remembers his life and instances

Humble starting

He was born on Christmas Day in Enugu in 1945 to Arase Efeimwonkiyeke, a warder, whereas his mom was a petty dealer who offered bean muffins. He was raised in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Throughout an interview with the Vanguard, he stated he misplaced his father when he was in elementary faculty and spent 13 years in about six colleges. 

Based on him, it was as a result of he had to assist his mom in her commerce with the intention to earn earnings for the household

He was the one son and the youngest youngster of his dad and mom.


The multitalented actor, who started performing in 1960, performed the lead position of Akarogun in Wale Ogunyemi’s Langbodo at FESTAC ‘77.

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He described it as his first really well-paid job. Within the 1960s, he joined the drama membership of Authorities Faculty, Afikpo. There he recorded his first massive break. The next 12 months he wrote, produced, directed, and performed the lead position in his first stage play, ‘Vendetta’. His efficiency earned him a scholarship to finish his elementary faculty. After secondary faculty, he arrange the Ovonramwen Theatre Group.

An ex-footballer, he additionally performed for ECN Soccer Membership and Leventis Soccer Membership (Iddo Tigers).

He would later discovered the short-lived Sam Loco Manufacturing Firm in 1979. He joined the Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA) the place he rose to develop into the Head of Drama division a 12 months after.

He featured in over 500 movies and stage productions like ‘Issues Fall Aside’, ‘Tom and Jerry’ (with Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme), ‘I’ll Take My Possibilities’, ‘Remaining World Cup’, ‘Lengthy John’, ‘Ukwa’, ‘Osuofia in London’, ‘My Love’ and ‘I need to harvest you’. The late actor was initially billed to play Zebrudaya’s position in Kunle Afolayan’s 2012 hit film, ‘Telephone Swap’.


He gained admission to review Political Science on the College of Ibadan in 1971. He didn’t comply with via as he was shortlisted for employment as a Gross sales Consultant at Michelin Tyres. He joined Dunlop in 1973 as a Senior Gross sales Representatives, Tyres and Allied Merchandise. He was transferred to Benin in 1974.

Whereas working for Dunlop in Benin, he landed a job within the NTA Benin’s tv sequence, ‘Lodge de Jordan’, and likewise carried out in a rendition of Ola Rotimi’s ‘The Gods are To not Blame’ at a theatre competition.

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He was sacked in 1976.

Throughout an interview with a former editor of Sunday Guardian, Jahman Anikulapo, printed in 1991, the late actor revealed that Dunlop sacked him as a result of they had been unable to deal with his elevated involvement in drama.

He additionally advised Mr Anikulapo that by late 1977, he turned a gross sales supervisor with Karo Pharmaceutical and left after he acquired his first wage.


The late actor was wanting ahead to retiring and going into giant scale farming at his Abakaliki, Ebonyi State farmhouse earlier than his sudden dying on August eight, 2011.

He was additionally concerned in establishing some Performing Colleges in Uganda, and The Gambia earlier than he handed on.

He was buried on October 21, 2011, in Benin Metropolis, Edo State

He’s survived by six kids together with Sandra Ebun Leonardo, Bola Adesuwa, Bismarck Nosa Efe, Julia Orobosa Omozusi, Treasured Osariemen Efe and Omoruyi.

Try certainly one of his well-known motion pictures under:


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