Another popular Nollywood actor has joined the list of veterans that have gone to join our ancestors beyond. Pete Eneh, a father figure in the Nigerian film industry, succumbed to death on Thursday, November 15, after his leg had been amputated last month due to an infection.
Nico News learnt that Pete Eneh, who was known for playing exemplary father roles in Nollywood, was said to have given up the ghost at Park Lane Hospital in Enugu, Enugu State. He had an accident and sustained injuries on the leg, and that when the wound was not healing quickly, doctors opted for amputation as the best option to save his life.
In his reaction, the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, described the death as very unfortunate and one death too many in the Nigerian Film Industry.
His words: “Pete Eneh’s death brings to the fore the need to have in place a comprehensive health insurance scheme for artists. While death, as a phenomnon, is inevitable in life, it is high time governmrnt looked into ways of ameliorating the impact of the loss of those who have contributed immeasurably to the growth of the entertainment industry.”
Dr. Ayakoroma, who is a film scholar and member of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), said the demise of Pete Eneh came at the time the industry needed him most, describing him as a bundle of experience whom the young ones should learn from, adding that the industry for some time now has been losing some of its father figures, actors and actresses like, Ashly Nwosu, James Iroha, Sam Loco Efe, Ombo Gogo Ombo, Ndubuisi Okoh, Toun Oni, and Felicia Mayford, among others, and commended the Delta State Government for intervening in the case of Enebeli Elebuwa, who had stroke.
Pete Eneh had played several roles in Nigerian films, some of which include, Naomi, Lonely Life, Price of Ignorance, By His Grace, Not Your Wealth, Heavy Rain, and Divided Kingdom.