Ace comedian and actor, Mr Chika Okpala, popularly known as “Zebrudaya” in the “New Masquerade” soap opera, has described the death of James Iroha, “Giringori” as a big loss to the entertainment industry.
Mr. Okpala told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Nsukka, Enugu State, that Mr. Iroha’s death had robbed Nollywood of an ingenious actor and producer who contributed a great deal to the growth of the industry.
“I was shocked when I heard of his death. Nollywood had lost an ingenious actor and producer.
“Iroha was like a father to me; he created the “New Masquerade” and invited me.
`‘I had a good relationship with him and learnt much from him in the New Masquerade.”
Mr. Okpala said it would be very difficult to fill the vacuum Iroha’s death had created since nobody would act exactly like him.
“It will be hard to get somebody who will act exactly like him.
“I advise upcoming actors to emulate the late Iroha, especially his dedication to the entertainment industry and good relationship with others. May God grant his soul eternal rest.”
Mr. Okpala urged actors and actresses to be upright as well and maintain good relationship with one another.
“We should be upright in very thing we do, as no one knows tomorrow.
“I urge Nollywood members to have a good relationship with one another so that good things will be said of them when death comes.’’
Mr. Iroha died on Tuesday in an hospital in Onitsha, where he was being treated for Glaucoma. (NAN)