According to information gathered, veteran Nollywood actor, Martins Njubuigbo, prominently known as Elder Maya has passed on after a prolonged battle with liver disease.
As of yesterday, the news of his death filtered as speculations, however, it was officially confirmed in the early hours of today, Saturday, by one of his sons on social media.
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The actor who is famous for his roles as village chief priest had nursed swollen legs that had left him bedridden for several months.
In May, distressing images of the actor surfaced on social media, with a fellow Nollywood actor, Ernest Obi, appealing to well-meaning Nigerians to contribute N1 million to offset Ndubuigbo’s hospital bills.
He said: “Today he is not playing a role in any movie to entertain as usual. He is fighting for his life. His liver. He needs you. Needs me. Needs us. Please help save Elder Maya aka Papa Labista.”
Weeks after the appeal was made, popular Abuja pastor, Joshua Iginla, offered to pay for Elder Maya’s bills with a promise to help the actor through his recovery after he had undergone all necessary treatments.
It however remained unclear whether the money was released to the late actor or not.
Also confirming his death, Actor Yomi Fabiyi yesterday wrote:
RIP Elder Mayah. You were a veteran and a hard working one at that. Journey well papa. My concerns and sympathy with his families and close colleagues.
#SAVENIGERIAMOVIEINDUSTRY register shares in the grief of AGN<!
May His Soul Rest In Peace!!!