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Veteran Nigerian Actor Dejumo Lewis Passes Away at 80

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LAGOS, Nigeria – The Nigerian film and television industry mourns the loss of one of its most distinguished veterans, Dejumo Lewis, who passed away at the age of 80 following an undisclosed illness.

The news of his death was confirmed by fellow actor Saheed Balogun through an Instagram post on Saturday, December 23, 2023.

Balogun expressed his condolences, saying, “Good night DEJUMO LEWIS, may your soul rest in perfect peace.”

 

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Dejumo Lewis was celebrated for his compelling performances and exceptional talent. He was particularly renowned for his role in the iconic television series ‘The Village Headmaster,’ where he portrayed the character of Kabiyesi, a role that earned him widespread acclaim and a lasting legacy in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

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Veteran actor and arts enthusiast, Dejumo Lewis graced the the book reading and signing of ‘Toxic Eucharist’, a novel written by Uzor Ngoladi, which took place on March 22, 2014 at Terrakulture Arts Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos.

His impact extended beyond ‘The Village Headmaster,’ as he also starred in notable films such as “A Place in the Stars”, ‘Crossroads’, and ‘Power of 1’.

Lewis’s contribution to Nigerian cinema was not just limited to acting. He was a mentor to many and an inspiration to aspiring actors, embodying the spirit of dedication and excellence in his craft. His passing marks the end of an era in Nigerian television and film history.

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Olusola’s daughters, Temidayo and Oluwatoyin and Dejumo Lewis of Village Headmaster fame at the residence of Ambassador Olusegun Olusola in Surulere, Lagos on Friday, June 22, 2012 during a condolence visit to the Olusola family.

In addition to his illustrious career, Lewis was a beloved figure known for his warmth, wisdom, and the profound impact he had on his colleagues and fans alike.

As the film industry and fans remember Dejumo Lewis, tributes have been pouring in, celebrating his life and mourning the loss of a true icon. His legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations in the Nigerian film and television industry.

Dejumo Lewis; Chief Taiwo Alimi and Olori Fadesewa of Simawa at the Surulere residence of Amb Olusegun Olusola on a condolence visit on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Dejumo Lewis; Chief Taiwo Alimi and Olori Fadesewa of Simawa at the Surulere residence of Amb Olusegun Olusola on a condolence visit on Friday, June 22, 2012.

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