Rest in Peace – Nollywood Pioneer Actor Justus Esiri is Dead

Justus Esiri
Veteran Nollywood, Stage and TV Actor Justus Esiri has passed away.

Born in November 1942 in Delta State, the 70 year old actor who found widespread acclaim for his role on the iconic Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) TV “Village Headmaster” was one of the pioneers who took the leap and helped lay the foundation for the Nollywood that we know and love today.

His official profile on the Africa Movie Academy Awards website notes that “the veteran actor has won several awards for his acting exploits including THEMA Awards, NTA Honours Awards and AMAA Awards. Esiri star of acclaimed productions like Wasted Years, Forever, The Prize, Six Demons, Corridors of Power, Last Knight, The Tyrant, The investigation, The Ghost is reputed to have performed on more TV Network drama programmes than any Nigerian actor.”

In 2012,  he was conferred with the national honours of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

According to reports, the Thespian died during the late hours of Tuesday 19th February 2013. He is survived by his wife Omiete and children including Nigerian music star Dr Sid (Sidney Esiri).

We will miss you Sir!

143 Comments on Rest in Peace – Nollywood Pioneer Actor Justus Esiri is Dead
  • esty February 20, 2013 at 7:29 am


  • Lilydarl February 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Omg!!!!, may his soul rest in peace. Will miss you…crying………xxx

  • Cynthia February 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Tears just rolled down, I will surely miss this man.heroic actor, great personality.RIP.

  • Olufunmi February 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

    RIP Sir

  • bfy February 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Chai….Rest in perfect peace Sir…u will be truely missed!!… but i am consoled that your in a better place.

  • Meah February 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Fantastic actor, one of my absolute nollywood favourites. Rest in the bossom of your maker sir. I pray his family finds comfort in knowing that he lived long and lived well. Take heart Sid.

  • patience February 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

    so sry 4 a very dia friend who was marrid to my sis, may his soul rip s o b b i n g!

  • Amale February 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

    OMG, May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace

  • Chris Ayo Joseph February 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I’m Still to recover from Goldie’s death…. So Sad to hear about his death. Apparently, our entertainment industry needs some serious prayer for all, we cant continue losing great talents to the hands of Death. In everything though, God be Praised. R.I.P Justice Esiri. You were a Rare Gem. @Chris_ayojoseph

    • prince hope esharegharan. February 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      T.B Joshua predicted the vast death of celebrities and politicians in 2013.

  • kite February 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

    RIP SIR!

  • Tee February 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

    smh……..may his soul rest in the bossom of Lord.U wil greatly missed

  • grapes February 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

    R.I.P sir. Your life will be celebrated

  • Abimbola February 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Fantastic actor, a Rare Gem has gone home to rest.

    R.I.P Justus Esiri !

  • dont mention February 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

    RIP Sir……one of my favorite nigerian actors…..any of these new ones who worked with him shud hav learnt somethinng, bc he indeed with other select few were the greats in nollywood n i miss him so much already. may God console his family n may he rest in the bossom of Christ JESUS.

  • Smart February 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Wetin Dem Chop Dn Dey Bite them… Not Less than 10 Ppl from Entertainmnt Industry dn die This Year and One Of the Top Pastors in Nigeria said That We should Expect A Higher Rate Of Death This Year from The Industry…. Well, Na Them SABI WETIN dEM CHOP…

    The Nigerian Universities’ News Journal

    • B February 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Really???? A family has lost their father and this is what you have to say????

    • fisayo February 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Like seriously? You actually. Wrote this comment and posted it? Huhhh

      • Bleed blue February 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

        I know! And the odd part is this person’s name is “Smart”…an irony if I ever saw one

    • xoxooxox February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

      A family just lost their father and a husband and this is truly what you have to say!!!!! Are u human at all or just an animal??

      • xoxooxox February 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

        @ Smart

    • Iphie February 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      You are definitely crazy!!!

    • Asaa February 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      You are soooooo insensitive! May God forgive you!

  • Bimby February 20, 2013 at 8:23 am

    You will surely be missed sir. May your soul RIP and may the Almighty give your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss IJN. Dr. Sid, take heart, the Lord is with thee.

  • Tim February 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Rest in peace may God console the ones he left behind Amen!

  • Olufunmi February 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

    May his soul RIP 🙁

  • extemy February 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

    R.I.P sir! Dis is one of my favourite nollywood actor…wat a loss 4 nollywood.

  • Gina February 20, 2013 at 8:28 am

    RIP Sir,You will be grately missed.

  • Blanc February 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

    May his soul R.I.P. By the way Monday was not 19th but Tuesday was.

  • Sexxie February 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

    RIP Sir. May God console ur family.

  • SASSYCASSIE February 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

    May your talented soul rest in peace, sir. Thank you for entertaining us. You were great at what you did.

    Watch an episode of Village headmaster

  • maureen February 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

    R..I…P. Father,, one of my absolute nollywood favourites. Rest in the bossom of your maker sir. I pray his family finds comfort in knowing that he lived long and lived well. Take heart Sid.

  • nnenne February 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

    this is shocking. such a great actor. he reminds me of one of my friend’s dad. i will surely miss him. rest in peace sir. my condolence to his family and Dr.Sid.

  • x factor February 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

    RIP Justus Esiri…..My Condolences to Dr SID

  • Ђεηřy Best. February 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

    RIP. Sir. What a great Lost.

  • bomzy February 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

    R I P. Sir

  • supergozie February 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅ bye daddy will М̣̣̥̇̊ȋ̝̊̅̄Ƨ̷̜̩̌̋Ƨ̲̣̥ u

  • kingsley koal February 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Rest rest in peace a mentor nd a father.

  • Bupsiechi. zambia February 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    As a zmbian who appreciates Nigerian Movies i shall miss this man
    he was a very talented actor ..loed all the roles he played …

  • Trock February 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I met him last year August in London where he performed “The King Must Dance Naked” live on stage at the Olympics Village. His performance as usual was World-class. A big blow to our Acting Industry especially ‘stage acting’…there are a few of his kind of professionalism, gift and passion for acting. May you gentle soul rest in peace Sir!!!

  • loreta February 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    RIP sir,we love you but God love you more

  • kingsley koal February 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Rest rest peace A mentor nd A father.

  • MAUREEN OPARA February 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    RIP, my condolence to the family.

  • Alice February 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    The fall of an Icon…………. Justus, rest in peace. DR. SID do accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Felix Albert February 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

    he was one of my best actors. i really enjoyed his play on wasted years, may his soul rest in peace

  • karo sam February 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

    RIP Sir,You will be greatly missed, may u Rest in the bossom of your maker. Amen

  • loveth O. February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    What is really happening? Pls Lord hv Mercy, R.I.P Good Actor

  • Duvy February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    To think I came here in search of Darey’s love like a movie pictures…. So sad. RIP Mr Esiri I was a huge fan ! Pete and you really defined good acting in the Nigerian movie industry.

  • Partyrider February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Omg…he was an exceptional actor.,I loved him. My heart goes out to his family.
    Oh my dear Dr Sid..this is so sad 🙁

  • Maureen February 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

    may his soul rest in peace,one of my favourite actors.@Smart nawa.

  • Gold February 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

    RIP sir!! you were trully loved.

  • BlackMagic Babe February 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

    OMG! One of my 4 best actor! We can’t take this sad news abt our celebrity anymore!

  • Chy February 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I so much cherish this man, he is a real actor, a disciplinarian, a noble personality, u are worth celebrating, a swt Dad,a paragon of virtue… He made acting so real I will really miss U sir, rest in d bossom of ur creator bcos he loves u most my condolence to his families. Crying…..

  • Cecibaby February 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

    OMG, RIP

  • kingsley iheonye February 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

    RIP Sir, my condolence to the entire family of Esiri

  • Inebaby February 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

    RIP Sir!

  • Eazyfree simon February 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

    R.i.p dad, may dear GOD receive ur soul in heaven home .AMEN.goodbye legend

  • Jenny ike February 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Oh my God! may his soul rest in peace sir.

  • unoh Inyang usetu February 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

    were u ar now. is God home u have everlasting rests. de children u leave behind will be bless tro de had work u hav done for de grade nation Nigeria.

  • emma February 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

    RIP Sir, my condolence to the entire family of Esiri

  • Maggi February 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Hmmmmm…….our belove actor RIP….We miss you.

  • Taiwo Temitope February 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

    R I P , We love you but God love u Most

  • Theresa February 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

    It’s shocking,he was my favourite nollywood actor n father in d field of acting . I wl miss ur role n character in movies bcos of ur uniqueness . Rest well in d Lord’s bossom dear pa Esiri .

  • Ruth Onyi February 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    If money can buy LIFE, the whole world would have exchange the DEATH that took u away from ur family and love ones. May ur gentil soul rest in peace.

  • Jerry Cheto February 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    R.I.P Papa, may those who are left behind, learn from you. adious

  • AKEEM OLAGUNJU February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am


  • osayaomo February 20, 2013 at 9:42 am


  • Benson February 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

    RIP my man.I just saw him some couple of months speaking on AIT.He does not look seek then.This life is so short before you know it you have disappear from the surface of the earth like a vapor.Also saw him when they visited President GEJ at the villa.

  • DAN February 20, 2013 at 9:45 am


  • Ese willy February 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This is unbelivable to believe dat papa esiri is gone.Rip

  • Omo1 February 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Dr Sid Justurs Esiri’s Son??!!…OMG..very sorry for this great loss!

  • Isi February 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

    RIP!May God accept ur soul,amen

  • Stella Kashmoney February 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    RIP Sir. God help us all this year.

  • Sam Xman February 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    R.I.P Sir May the almighty Lord Accept your soul. Amen

  • jonas February 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Goodbye surely is a saddiest word,I hate d word and I’m nt gonna use it bcos I kn u stil liv wit us.May ur gentle and frigile Soul rest in perfect peace.Slepp tyt til we meet again.Ma hrt goes out 2 d family.

  • Amina February 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

    RIP Sir. Death alone is certain for all man. May God give his family the fortitude to bear the loss. Amin

  • praisy February 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    RIP! Rest in the bossom of the Lord

  • Peaches February 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Am getting serious chills as I write, right now. Our Village Headmaster who paved the way for so many actors of our generation… What a loss. May his soul rest in peace and may his legacy and mark he left behind may not be forgotten. He open doors for so many. what a legend, gem, star and pionnerring veteran actor of Nigerian. You will be sorely missed by many. Sun re oooo. Deepest condolences to the family and and close friends.

  • Felxfame February 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

    RIP Uncle!

  • Dimples TZ February 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

    RIP SIR MY CONDOLENCE to his family and friends

  • Deedee February 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

    RIP Sir…

  • Callis D February 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Rest in peace,bros

  • Gift Nyamuteya February 20, 2013 at 11:03 am


  • NNE February 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Mr. justus esiri may ur soul perfectly rest in peace. Amen

  • Ada February 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Chai…. what happen to him? He is one of my best actor, RIP papa Esiri.

  • Prettyme February 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

    U fail 2 mention “THINGS FALL APART” acted alongside with Pet Edoche… I will miss u dearly. May God rest ur beautiful soul in peace.

  • TruthTeller February 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    @Smart, I saw your exact comment on Linda Ikeji’s blog and you have to be told how insensitive you are. Someone’s father/brother/uncle/grandpa/role model just died and all you have to say is ‘weitin dem chop’?are you serious?There’s a popular saying that it takes a witch to know a witch. You MUST be attending their meetings since you’re so certain there’s something they’re ‘chopping’. LEARN to be SENSITIVE people!!!This man was one of my favorite actors, not limited to nollywood alone . He reminds me so much of my late father, we greatly mourn him. O how sad!

  • Eugenia February 20, 2013 at 11:34 am


  • Mercy ofuonye February 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    may he s soul rest in pafect peace Amen

  • Jean Chris February 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Rip Papa Esiri.

  • Ms lala February 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    HE WILL BE MISSED…GREAT BRILLIANT ACTOR…am really sad, Sam Loco, Enebli , Ashely Nwosu, Peter Eneh…these great men are dead and so far am waiting for new actors to replace their theatrical brilliance. RIP….stay strong Dr. Sid no one wants to loose their parents o

  • Jean Chris February 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    T.B Joshua’s prophesies concerning Nollywood actors has started manifesting gradually. Fellow Nigerians, its high time we begin to do things the right way oo, so the wrath of God won’t befall us.

    • Bleed blue February 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I see…a man has lived a well fulfilled and respecatble life and dies at the age mentioned by the Bible (“three score and ten”), the people are celebrating his life’s journey and YOU Jean Chris in your wisdom, you insinuate that the “wrath of God” has befallen him? And his death can be linked to TB Joshua’s prophecy? Entertainers are people. And people die. So when these entertainers die, please don’t attribute it to some generic proclamation from a pulpit. He died because it was his time, regardless of whether or not he’s an actor. #GetItRight

  • Valentine February 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

    He was one of the finest. He would be greatly missed. RIP.

  • foluke February 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm


  • Rakel February 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    RIP…loved him much

  • shola February 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm


  • kay February 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    RIP sir

  • Joy Ama Owulo February 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I wonder if Smart wasn’t smart; wat would he have uttered. This isn’t funny. A family is grieving & this is all u cld say. It is well.

  • Elvis ude February 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    R.I.P Hon Man! We will miss u my dear. My sympathy to ur son “Dr-Sid”

  • zanele February 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    my fav Nigerian acto, RIP sir, you have run your race!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adediji Victor February 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm


  • eva February 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    What a west,what is happening in the industry. The grate men are going. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm RIP u will forever be remembered.

  • jcsgrl February 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    RIP Sir. Gaa na udo!
    BN correction – 19th of February was Tuesday not Monday

  • Amunega kingsley February 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    We miss u sir

  • chi February 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    rest in peace its so painful to know u are no more but GOD has a reason

  • Lola February 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    RIP Baba we’ll miss you so much, but God love you most

  • Rosie February 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Justus, Pete Eduche, the likes of Kabesi, balogun in viellage headmaster, are best actors, any time any where, RIP Justus

  • Ubong February 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    R.i.p! We wil misd u badly.

  • yewnde February 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    really sad

  • voke Ikeyi February 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    may his soul rest in peace,i miss u sir but God love you more

  • lola February 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    This is still a shock to me that Justus Esiri is dead cos I met him for the first time one on one two weeks ago at the airport in abuja he was filled with life and there was this sparkel in his eyez,I met and asked to take pictures with him,he looked at me and said is that all you want from me? I laughed and told him I wouldn’t mind a hug too,he laughed back and wisperd to me that people are watching we both laughed and I took the pictures,little did I know that that will actually be the first and last time I would see you RIP sir till we meet where we shall part no more.

  • david February 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Like seriously? They are all leaving us, what the – is nOllywood doing about this? Our aged actors and musicians who endeared us to our tv sets have to be appreciated so they can actually be “legends”.. Hollywood has walk of fame, Hall of fame, what do we have? An industry that celebrates u when u r gone? TF? Ashley Nwosu, Pete Eneh, Enebeli Elebuwa and now Justice Esiri, r this people not worth honors in this industry? We create a lot of publicity stunt award events but can’t even honor this men with one award,(of course they won’t stand a chance against the young sexy actors) but then whatever happened to lifetime achievement award? Walk of fame? Hall of fame? They r old and r leaving one after the other, r we gonna keep celebrating them in their absence? R we waiting for when Pete Edochie and Olu Jacobs will join them? I hear u say God forbid well we better appreciate this ones NOW or NEVER.#NollywoodArise

    • Sunshine February 21, 2013 at 1:56 am

      I agree, that was the generation to which the art form meant more than money and fame.

    • Ubi February 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      @ David. nice comment. God will give us the insight to dat “award tin”

  • meme February 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    RIP sir rest in the bossom of the lord till we meet again 2 part no more. @smart may God have mercy on you for making such an horrible comment. How could you?

  • Timma February 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Mr.Esiri,just last week u were at d branch to effect a transfer and u were ur usual jovial self,exchanging plesantries with everyone.What a nasty shock we got this morning!RIP!

  • Pix February 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I wil miss ur personality in movies. RIP Sir!

  • sunday sunny February 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Justice esiri u are a real man ur memory will not be forgetting. Your death to is a great lose is very painful to lose a great man like u. We really miss u any were u are today may your soul Rest In Peace anything that happen God have his own reason, miss u

  • Haruna Aminat February 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    So painful may your soul rest in perfect peace we all love u and may almighty God forgive u in any way u have wrong him

  • fabakary drammeh February 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    he will never be forgotten,the man who made me to love nigerian movies,anytime i get to the movie mall,i always search for his image first before making any movie choice.I really love justus acting.May he gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Mr esiri,u will always be remembered.

  • Odulgun One February 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    RIP SIR, even in all your movies, you represented the role of a good Man, we missed you so much rest the the arm of the Almighty.

  • Sunshine February 21, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I really enjoyed his work. My condolences to the Esiri family. RIP Mr Esiri, u will me missed and remembered.

  • NNENNE February 21, 2013 at 3:37 am

    RIP. Will continue to watch in Things fall apart at
    Good night Obierika!

  • kawthar jamiu February 21, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Gone too soon!

  • abel February 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

    rest in peace Mr. just us,your memories will remain in generations,

  • UDOUDOM, S. E. February 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Mr. Justus Esiri, I really miss your unprecedented performances, your memory will continue to remain green in my heart. REST IN PEACE.

  • FLORENCE NATHANIEL February 21, 2013 at 10:42 am


  • chanbrat February 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    My God what is happening to Nollywood? All the legends are dying, is everything ok? oh Justus! a father and a mentor, u left so soon but God knows why it happened and may ur gently soul rest in peace. i will really miss u. untill we meet again, RIP

  • Mulindwa Andrew February 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Surely he has gone so soon. I have had a very good time to enjoy his entertaining film which could help young generation to get advice according to his educative acts. We shall really miss you a lot. It is another blow after one of my greatest actors Sam Loco Effe passed away in a miserable way. It really sounds unbelievable to have such great actors passing away. We thank God for the time he has lived and hope that his judgement before him will be fair And hope he will live in joy with God’s angles as we shall find him in the Heaven. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace

  • ESIOBO JOHN February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm


  • Isabel February 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Why are people just dieing this 2013 like chickens whats happen to star y are they passing were just getting or haven’t gotten over GOLDIE now JULIUS ESIRI.Abeg small small.who will be next?.RIP.U WILL BE GREATLY MISSED

  • Hossana February 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Good night Justus, we have enjoyed you company and we believe God is happy having you with him. May you rest with him in peace.

  • Cleo February 22, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I met Uncle Justus at the 2012 Olympics Stratford Royal Theatre in London last year. I was instantly mesmerised by his gentle yet vivacious and good spirited and kind nature and I had the fortunate opportunity to spend time hanging out with him and producers of the “The Last Assasin”. That was one of the best summers ever in London, quite surreal. Uncle Justus you will forever be remembered for the light you brought to London and to my life. I never got to star in that movie you spoke to me about but glad that I had the opportunity to have a wonderful time with a man so humble, caring, always smiling and full of life. You are an inspiration to so many of us in the UK. Uncle Justus spoke so fondly of his family and my prayers go out to you all. RIP.

  • Rita February 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    R I P Mr Justus.

  • deetz February 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    when i first heard about it on fb, i broke down and cried. He was truly an amazing person. I loved his acting especially when he was nice in the them. R.I.P Justice

  • Ibe February 23, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Still can’t believe Justus Esiri is gone. I believe he’s resting well in peace. One of his latest movie he starred in is Twin Sword:


  • Joseph jobugar mazyopa February 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    r.i.p igwe, we will alwayz remember.

  • Joseph jobugar mazyopa February 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    r.i.p igwe, we will alwayz remember you.

  • Nigeria Business February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • davfmbah April 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm


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