On Christmas day, veteran Nigerian moviemaker, Chico Ejiro a.k.a Mr. Prolific passed on shocking the entire entertainment industry.
The Isoko-Delta State-born filmmaker and CEO of Grand Touch Pictures who is to be laid to rest February 20, 2021 passed on after seizures and complications related to hypertension.
His brother Zeb Ejiro speaks on how he died a shocking death, ” My brother we are still in shock! He was here with us but now he is no more. It was on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020. His demise followed complications arising from high blood pressure for which he had been treated. He had returned delightfully to the only business he was so passionate about and had concluded his movie shoot barely two days before Christmas. His painful death was a tragic drama that took less than 10 minutes and there was silence.”
As his elder brother, Ejiro hints what what he would miss most about him.”I’m going to miss him a lot! It is not easy losing your immediate younger brother who was so vibrant. But like I said, he was so supportive. He is the first and last person I call everyday no matter what corner or part of the world I find myself; we talked everyday. I am going to miss him, the family will miss him and the industry is going to is him. Chiko was someone who worked so hard to raise the industry. I tell people I discovered the bar but Chiko took it to a new level by raising the bar. God used him to discover a whole generation of thespians. He made avenues for people to put food on their table. The industry will definitely miss him because nobody has done the awesome number of movies he did. The industry will miss him and I will miss him greatly; all creative people will miss him.”
On his unfulfilled dreams, Zeb Ejiro said’ “He was working on so many projects but one major one was the remake of Silent Night, a blockbuster he made so many years ago. It was a monster hit featuring Segun Arinze, Ramsey Noah and Joke Silva. We were working on it and it was going to be huge! He just signed a contract with Nevada Bridge TV to remix some of his works.. He was working on that when he passed on. Like I tell people, his death is not the end of the story. Chiko will be in peoples living rooms of people across the world through his works especially Silent Night which is coming back bigger and better and of course, he did all the arrangements on the ground before God called him so it is for us to pick up from where he left off.”