10-Years After Sam Loco’s Death, Here Are Some Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Him And His Beautiful Children
Sam Loco Efeeimwonkiyeke (known as Sam Loco Efe) was born on December 25th, 1945 in Enugu State, Nigeria. His father, Arase Efeimwonkiyeke, was a warder from Ogboka in Benin City, Edo State, while his mother sold bean cakes. Sam Loco was a Nigerian actor, script writer and director.
Over time, the Nigerian movie industry has witnessed the demise of many veteran actors, directors, producers, and several other contributors to Nollywood. In the case of Sam Loco Efeeimwonkiyeke, popularly known as Sam Loco Efe, his death in 2011 took the movie industry by surprise. However, the actor, producer, and director did not give up the ghost at the debated ages of 65 and 72, without marking his name in the sands of time and having a wife and six children to call family.
Sam Loco was born in Enugu State. He became prominent for his acting skills. His actions were greatly filled with a sense of humor, passion, energy, hard work, and confidence. Tracing his acting, which led to his fame, Sam Loco began on stage while at elementary school. He continued with the journey until he found himself in the movie industry in the 1970s in Ola Rotimi’s The Gods are Not to Blame series shown on the NTA network.
He was able to delve completely into the screen lights in 1987 when he has featured in the 50 minutes long movie Things Fall Apart. He acted in the movie alongside other prominent actors such as Pete Edochie, Justus Esiri, Fabian Adibe, Funso Adeolu, and Nkem Owoh. He also featured in movies such as Osuofia in London (2003), Ukwa (1995), Long John (2002), Brain box (2006), Alice My First Lady (2006), Open and Close(2011), Tom and Jerry (2003), Games Fools Play (2007), Deadly Affair (1995), I’ll Take My Chances (2011) among so many others.
As the years passed, so also did his fame and stardom grow. In 2005, he was appointed the interim chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). Other achievements in his life were in 2009 when he was honored as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic for his contribution to the Nation’s economy. This has been one of the highest honors given to any celebrity in Nigeria. In 2017, he received a posthumous award from ZUMA Film Festival Award night in appreciation for years of hard work and dedication to the movie industry.
SAM LOCO EFE DIED IN HIS HOTEL ROOM IN OWERRI