Nollywood loses another actor, Elder Maya, to death FeaturedWritten by LEDUM PRINCE
Death has continued to reap maximum harvest from the farm of the Nigerian movie industry. Nollywood, as the Nigerian home movie genre is called, has yet lost another veteran actor. Maya Ndubuigbo, aka Papa Labista, on Friday passed on after a prolonged battle with liver disease.
A veteran actor, his death had been confirmed by the family.
Although news of his death filtered in on Friday, it was, however, officially announced in the early hours of Saturday by his son on Facebook page.
Arguably the oldest Nigerian actor, Ndubuigbo nursed swollen legs that had left him bedridden for several months.
In May, Nollywood actor cum producer, Ernest Obi, appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to contribute N1 million to offset Ndubuigbo’s hospital bills.
Obi’s appeal partly read, “Today he is not playing a role in any movie to entertain as usual. He is fighting for his life. His liver. He needs you. Needs me. Needs us. Please help save Elder Maya aka Papa Labista.”
Barely a few weeks after the appeal was made, veteran actor, Bruno Iwuoha, announced that The Senior Pastor of Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Joshua Iginla, had donated N1 million naira to save Njubuigbo.
A great grandfather, Elder Maya, was known for his village chief priest roles in movies.