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Ethel Ekpe, a veteran actress who adorned the Nigerian entertainment screen, died of cancer on Wednesday in Lagos State.

The late actress portrayed ‘Segi’ in Ken Saro Wiwa’s defunct Nigerian Television Authority sitcom ‘Basi and Company.’

Ekpe also appeared in Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and ‘Sons of the Caliphate.’

Dr. Shaibu Husseini, Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board, revealed her death in a late Wednesday Facebook post.

Husseini wrote, “I have been reliably informed that Ethel Ekpe, (Ethel Aderemi nee Ekpe), the screen beauty that delighted fans with her inimitable interpretation of the role of Segi in the defunct sitcom on Nigerian Television Authority by Ken Saro Wiwa titled ‘Basi and Company’ has passed on.

“The actress and later day Pastor and star of Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and most recently ‘Sons of the Caliphate” reportedly died of Cancer today in Lagos.”

“She will be sorely missed,” adding that his family “will particularly miss her because we named my second daughter Ethel, after her. Good night good woman!”

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