Enebeli Elebuwa, one of Nigeria’s most popular actors lost his hard fought battle against stroke on Tuesday. He gave up in a hospital in India after efforts to restore him to good health in Nigeria had failed. He had battled the partial stroke for more than one year.
The Ukpane, Delta State born actor was one of the most experienced actors around, having put in close to four decades. Many still remember the role he played in soaps like Mirror In The Sun, where he featured in the first three editions after which he worked as Assistant Producer and Director.
The first movie he acted in was Dinner With The Devil produced in 1974 by Sanya Dosunmu. He thereafter featured in another rested TV series, Village Headmaster . He played prominent roles in countless number of home videos.
After battling the illness for some time, Pa Enebeli was at the Perfect Christian Ministry, Surulere, Lagos apparently to seek spiritual solution. It was followed by claims by Pastor Fireman claiming that the famous actor had been healed. The claim was followed by a video posted on youtube which showed the Pastor holding Enebeli who walked dragging his feet to keep up with him as they walked across the church during a service. The actor however disclosed after that he was not healed by the Pastor as being reported then. It was even obvious that his condition deteriorated after the purported healing. “If he claims that he has healed me, I leave everything to God. I was in his church and he prayed for me, but my condition did not improve,” Enebeli said in May. He was later moved to another hospital in Abuja where he received treatment until he was transferred to India on the bill of the Delta State Government.
Reports had earlier indicated that he was improving until news filtered in on Wednesday that he passed on.