Saint Obi’s Family Denies Allegations Made By Zik Zulu Okafor
The late actor’s sisters have responded to Okafor’s accusations in a press statement.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Following Zik Zulu Okafor’s allegations, the family of the late Nollywood actor, Saint Obi, responded.
Okafor, who claims himself as the dead actor’s close friend, created an essay that portrayed Obi’s wife and extended family negatively.
He stated that the actor was subjected to persistent abuse by his wife’s siblings, leading to the collapse of their marriage and a deterioration in Obi’s health.
According to Vanguard, the actor’s two older sisters released a press statement on behalf of the family, declaring that the claims in the story are false.
Speaking for the Nwafor Family, Ugoeze Edith Chinyere Obichuku, and Freda Nwachukwu wrote, “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.”
They further said the callous and inaccurate charges were made without the family’s knowledge.
In their words, “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.“
The sisters concluded their message by urging the world to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time, and they promised that the burial ceremonies will be announced shortly.
“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,” they added.
Obinna Nwafor, the well-known Nollywood actor and film director, died after a protracted illness. He was 57 when he died.
He allegedly died on Sunday, May 6, 2023, at his sister’s house in Jos, Plateau State’s capital.
Saint Obi will be remembered for his extraordinary career, spanned over 100 films, including Sakobi: the Snake Girl, Festival of Fire, and State of Emergency.
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