Chico Ejiro, Nigeria’s popular filmmaker, is dead.
candidreporters.com gathered that he died on Friday – Christmas Day – about 2am.
Ejiro produced movies such as Silent Night, Blood Money, Deadly Affair, among several other notable movies.
Ejiro’s colleague and close friend, Zik Zulu, confirmed his Demice.
“Yes, it is true, Chico Ejiro is dead.” Zulu confirmed.
Emeka Rolls, the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, confirmed the filmmaker’s death.
His words; “I just learnt of his death. The news of his death is so devastating. I do not know the cause of his death; I am still calling around to get the proper information and I am waiting for his association ― The Association of Movie Producers ― to make a statement.”
However, a source close to the deceased revealed that Ejiro died about 2 am on Christmas Day.
Six important things to know about Nollywood producer, Chico Ejiro
1. Chico Ejiro was born Chico Maziakpono in Isoko, Delta, Nigeria. He was a Nigerian movie director, screenwriter, and producer.
2. His enormous body of work was typical of the second generation that started in the 1990s when cheap video-production equipment became available in the country.
3. He owned a production company called Grand Touch Pictures, which is based in Lagos
4. Nicknamed Mr. Prolific, he directed over 80 movies within a 5-year period—each one shot in as little as three days. The exact number of movies he has worked on as either director, producer, or both is unknown, but it ranges in the hundreds as of 2007.
5. Ejiro was married to Joy Ejiro and they have four children. He has two brothers: Zeb Ejiro, the best-known of the new Nigerian cinema auteurs outside of the country, and Peter Red Ejiro, also a movie producer.
6. Ejiro was featured in the 2007 documentary ‘Welcome to Nollywood’, which followed him as he made Family Affair 1 and Family Affair 2.