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Veteran Nollywood Actress, Stella Ikwuegbu, Passes On



Veteran Nollywood Actress, Stella Ikwuegbu, Passes On

Nollywood actress, Stella Ikwuegbu is dead.

Stella Ikwuegbu lost her battle with leg cancer on June 16, 2024.

Known for her roles in several Nollywood classics from the 1990s and 2000s, Stella brought authenticity and vibrant energy to the screen, particularly in films with native themes.

The late actress began her career in 1990, appearing in numerous films such as ‘Spoiler,’ ‘Ukwa,’ ‘Sound of Love,’ ‘Holy Man,’ ‘Two Hearts,’ ‘Heart of Stone,’ and ‘Madam Koikoi,’ among others.

While Stella may not have been the most prominent star or the lead in many movies, she carved out a niche for herself in the industry. Her distinct look and hoarse-sounding voice made her a perfect fit for roles in Igbo village settings, where she often portrayed quarrelsome characters with a sharp tongue. Whenever Stella appeared on screen, you knew peace was not an option, and her voice would echo across the community, making her presence felt.

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Despite often playing characters that stirred trouble, Stella’s performances were always tinged with humor. There was something inherently funny and endearing about her, even when she was being serious. Her roles in films like “Ukwa,” “Cat & Rat,” “Reggae Boys,” and “Spoiler” showcased her ability to make audiences laugh and engage with her characters deeply.

Hailing from Enugu, she was not only an actress but also a businesswoman.

A graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu State, she launched her restaurant, ‘The Film Bar,’ on August 1.

The actress’ death comes barely five days after veteran Yoruba actor Dayo Adewunmi, aka Sule Suebebe, died at 68

Stella Ikwuegbu may not have always been in the spotlight, but her contributions to Nollywood were significant. She made her mark in her own unique way.


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