FAMILY of late Nollywood actor, Chief Justus Esiri, yesterday, released details of burial arrangement for the Village Headmaster.
According to the spokesman of the Esiri family and ace
photojournalist, Mr. George Esiri, the late actor will be buried in his
hometown of Abraka in Delta State on Friday, April 12.
There will be service of songs for the late Esiri on April 9,
followed by a commendation mass at St. Jude Catholic Church, Mafoluku,
Lagos, on April 10.
Immediately after the service the body is expected to be flown to
Warri in Delta State for the second and final phase of the burial
According to the spokesman, the body will then proceed to Abraka
where there will be another commendation mass/lying-in-state at the Polo
Turf in Abraka on April 12.
The body will, thereafter, be moved to his residence in Abraka for interment and entertainment of guests.
Chief Esiri popularly known as the Village Headmaster, died on February 19 this year following a complication from diabetes.
Born in 1942, Esiri had his primary and secondary school education in
Abraka and Warri, respectively, before proceeding to the Maximillan
University and Weners Institute of Engineering in Germany, between 1964
Having worked for some time as a newscaster with the Voice of
Nigeria, German Service, he veered into movie, had a stint with the
Schiller Theatre in Berlin before returning to Nigeria in 1976.
The late actor played a key role in the production of Dr. Ola
Balogun’s movie, Dinner with the Devil, as well as during the Second
World Black and African Festival of Art and Culture in Lagos in 1977.
He is survived by Mrs Omiete Esiri, widow; children, Mrs Ophlia
Edewor, Mrs Ejiro Efijemueh, Mr. Justus Esiri Jnr, Dr. Sidney Esiri (Dr
Sid), Mr. Andrew Esiri, Miss Tobor Esiri and grandchildren.