By Benjamin Njoku & Florence Amagiya
LAGOS — Emotion ran high, yesterday, when practitioners in the movie industry gathered to pay their last respect to Justus Esiri, who died on the February 17.
The event was a candle light procession in honour, which took place at Ojez at the National Stadium complex, Surulere.
In attendance were some of the prominent nollywood stars, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw, Segun Arinze, Olu Jacobs and his wife, Joke Silver, Julius Agwu, Oke Bakassi, Fidelis Duke, Ernest Obi, Ifeanyi Dike, amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of the bereaved family, pop singer and second son of the deceased, Dr. Sid, described his father as a perfectionist and enigma of sort.
According to him, there will be service of songs holding today at the Catholic Church at Murtala Mohammed international airport. Thereafter, the body would be flown to Warri for second and final phase of the funeral arrangement.
Friday, April 12, the body will proceed to Abraka for another commendation mass/lying in state at the polo turf in Abraka.
Paying tribute to late Esiri, AGN President, Ibinabo Fiberesima, who was represented at the occasion by Ini Edo said: “Late Esiri lived a fulfilled life,” adding that Esiri made AGN what it is today and he wanted a positive change for the industry which of course was achieved before his death.
He thanked Nollywood practitioners, who came out to honour his late father, saying his late father was “more than an icon, more than a friend.”
He said even though his father was no more, he remains a legend whose legacy would not be forgotten in a hurry.