By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Pop star and son of legendary late actor, Justus Esiri, Onoriode Esiri, popularly known as Dr. Sid, yesterday, said he was not shattered by his father’s death.
The Over the Moon singer was all smiles, yesterday, as he encouraged the rest of the family.
Speaking on his father’s death, Dr. Sid, said: “His life is being studied in universities in United Kingdom. He was over 70 years old and you know, any thing after 70 is a gift, so, there is really nothing to be sad about. He lived a good life. I will like to be like him when I grow up.”
Also, yesterday, Mavin Records artiste, Tiwa Savage, and her manager-turned-fiancée, Tunji ‘T-Billz’ Balogun, were among the early callers at the Esiris’ Surulere, Lagos, residence to pay their condolences.
The couple, who got engaged about two weeks ago, arrived at the place at 12:30pm.
Esiri, a Nollywood icon and internationally respected actor-entertainer, passed on Wednesday, at 70.
Paying tribute to the late actor, Mr. Afolabi Adesanya, Managing Director/Chief Executive of Nigerian Film Corporation, NFC, described the passing of Justus Esiri as “painful and an irreplaceable loss to the Nigerian creative industry.
“The legendary actor was a great influence to all television and movie lovers, who carved an enviable niche for himself in the Nigerian motion picture industry as an actor, skillful and always at his best on the screen.”
Adesanya, who expressed shock at Esiri’s death, said the good works of Justus Esiri will continue to resonate for a long time, as one of the nation’s finest actors dating back to the 80’s, when he played the lead role in the now rested Village Headmaster.
Adesanya added that Justus Esiri’s role and contributions to the growth of Nigerian motion picture industry were acknowledged and rewarded when he was conferred with the National Honours Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger by the Federal Government in 2007.