By Rita Okoye, Lagos
Veteran Nollywood actress Cynthia Okereke just died 12 months after her ordeal in the hands of kidnappers.
The sad news was announced by her colleague in the entertainment industry, Joseph Okechukwu.
According to the filmmaker, he was about to pay for Cynthia Okereke’s flight ticket to come to America but sadly, she passed on Tuesday night.
“REST IN PEACE, Nwanyi oma. I’m shattered beyond words. The fact that I was about to pay for your flight ticket to come to finish what we started only to hear you went to be with Lord just last night is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with in recent times. I pray I’m able to recover from this shock. Life is really just a mist. One minute you have it, the next you don’t.
For the more than 20 years that I’ve known you, you’ve been such an amazing, decent and lovely soul to be around. I never imagined you’d exit so unceremoniously. Words fail me.
Sleep on, Cynthia. May your gentle soul rest on till we meet again in glory,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
It would be recalled that the late actress and Clemson Cornel were kidnapped while returning from a movie set at Ozalla town in Enugu state on Friday, July 29, 2022.
Monalisa Chinda, who doubles as the Actors Guild of Nigeria’s Director of Communications, broke the news.
She revealed that the actors were reported missing after their family members confirmed that they didn’t return from the shoot.
However, they were later released after a few days with the men of the underworld.