The family of deceased actor, Obinna Nwafor, popularly known as Saint Obi, has refuted claims that he suffered in his marriage, hence his reason for quitting Nollywood, likewise the reason for his early demise.
Following the veteran thespian’s death on Saturday, May 13, his close friend and Nigerian filmmaker Zik Zulu Okafor, in an article, shared a detailed account of the tragic events leading up to Obi’s death, claiming that his marriage to a financially successful woman significantly altered the course of his life.
He further alleged that Saint Obi was constantly harassed by his wife’s siblings, which ultimately led to the dissolution of their marriage.
However, in a statement signed by his older sisters, Ugoeze Edith Chinyere Obichuku and Mrs. Freda Nwachukwu, the family dissociated themselves from Zik Zulu’s claims.
The family described the allegations as false, malicious, and insensitive, stating that they do not in any way represent the Lynda they know.
The statement read;
RE: DEMISE OF SAINT OBI (MR. OBINNA NWAFOR)
“Our attention has been drawn to the publication by one Mr. Zik Zulu Okafor concerning the death of our son, Mr. Obinna Nwafor, popularly known as Saint Obi, and the accompanying negative commentary in social and other media portraying his widow in an unfair and most defamatory manner. This is in no way, shape or form an accurate portrayal of the Lynda that we know and relate with.
The Nwafor family also views the said article by Mr. Okafor as sad and most unfortunate. It was neither written in consultation with any member of the family nor authored with our consent or authority. We totally disassociate ourselves from it.
The views and allegations contained therein are entirely the opinion of the writer. They are false, malicious and insensitive to the wife, children and entire family he left behind. This is a mourning period for the family, and while we appreciate the condolences of friends, fans, and well-wishers, we ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.
The funeral rites will be communicated to the public in due course. May the soul of our dearly beloved brother, son, father and husband, rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Signed, Ugoeze Edith Chinyere Obichuku Mrs. Freda Nwachukwu Eldest Sister (Texas, U.S.A) Elder Sister (Jos, Nigeria)
For: The Nwafor Family of Umuezealaeze, Alaenyi, Ogwa, Mbatoli L.G.A, Imo State”.