One of Nollywood’s biggest stars, the prolific filmmaker, Chico Ejiro, is dead.
Insiders say. Chico, one of the makers of the Nollywood film industry died Christmas morning in Lagos.
Details and cause of death, has not been made available as the time of filing this report.
His sad death means the Niverian film industry was awokened to the worst ever Christmas morning.
He owns a production company called Grand Touch Pictures, which is based in Lagos.
Nicknamed Mr. Prolific, he directed over 80 movies within a 5-year period—each one shot in as little as three days. They feature story lines relevant to Nigerians 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. He was profiled in an article in The New York Times, dated May 26, 2002 (“When There’s Too Much of a Not-Very-Good Thing” by Matt Steinglass), and in an article from the international version of Time Magazine dated May 26, 2002 (“Hollywood, Who Really Needs It?” by Stephan Faris).
Ejiro is 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.