Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has expressed sadness over the passing of veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Chico Ejiro.
Born Chico Maziakpono, the renowned movie producer, director and scriptwriter, who died at 51, hails from Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He reportedly died on Friday in Lagos after a brief illness.
The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, condoled with the Ejiro family, Nollywood community, the people of Ozoro and Isoko nation on the untimely passing of a consummate filmmaker.
He said “on behalf of the government and people of Delta, I offer my deepest condolences to Ejiro family and friends, including Nollywood, where the late veteran filmmaker and movie director featured prominently as a doyen of Nigerian movies.
“The late Chico Ejiro was one of the country’s iconic filmmakers and was reputed to have produced over 80 films within five years.
“He was indeed a household name and pride of our State. He will be greatly missed by movie lovers.
“It is my belief that the late Chico Ejiro will be long remembered and honoured for his rich contributions to the formation and growth of Nollywood.”
Okowa prayed that God to grant eternal rest to the soul of the departed Ejiro and comfort his family and all who mourn him.