The Secrets behind mystery deaths in Nollywood —Chief Jimoh Aliu (Aworo) + Why people think I use Juju

High Chief Jimoh Aliu aka Aworo

Chief Jimoh Aliu (MFR) aka Aworo is a movie
legend in Nigeria. He is one of the last soldiers of the olden day’s theatre
industry in Nigeria. He started acting in 1956 when Nigeria was yet to discover
what is today described as Nollywood.
The Oke-Imesi, Ekiti State (South West Nigeria) born actor is today a Cultural
Ambassador in Yoruba Land after 60 years on stage as writer, director, producer
and actor. An old soldier in the Nigerian Army, Chief Aliu is an encyclopedia of arts. Aworo who is famous for his several TV series of the 80s and 90s
e.g. Arelu, Yanponyanrin and Fopomoyo
is one celebrity that is a reporter’s delight any day any time.; always full of
wits, drama, oriki, native intelligence, wisdom and strength that cannot be
compared with anything.
In 
this fifth episode of his historic encounter with your Africa’s Number 1
Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika
inside a Lagos 3 Star Hotel suite, Chief
Jimoh Aliu,
82 who was on his way to America for a special movie project
spoke about the spate of mysterious deaths that keeps hitting the Nigerian
movie industry aka Nollywood since
the beginning of the year and why actors’ deaths are often celebrated.   The
veteran actor also had a word for the political elites and the entire society
on what to do to curb sudden deaths among actors and actresses. Enjoy the
excerpts.

Chief, there have been series of
strange deaths in the movie industry ranging from the young to the middle aged.
We started the year with the death of Baba Kekere’s wife, after that we have
seen series of death from Pastor Ajidara, Olumide Bakare which is very recent
and many others. Some said those actors or actresses might have joined cults or
some are involved in bizarre things for stardom while others are simply
impoverished. What do you think is responsible for this untimely deaths and
what is the way out?

The GDA meet the High Chief

Thank you
and God bless you for asking this question. May your prayers be acceptable to
God.
Amen, sir

Chief Jimoh Aliu to Asabeafrika…’People die everyday everywhere but when it happens in Nollywood it is news’

If we are to
take a census of people who die daily, you will be amazed at the number but we
wouldn’t know. Many give birth to children and we don’t know. But if a star
give birth to a child today, the whole world will hear. If one star dies today
the entire world will know. This is the only problem we have. Now, someone is
praying, ‘may God not let a car hit and
kill me, may God not let me be a victim of fire accident, may God not let AIDs
kill me, may God save me from death from charm’
. But there must be report
that someone dies and it is something that will kill the person. It is one death
that will kill somebody. I used to tell people that ‘look, as for me, this is where I want you to bury me’. ‘But that place I show you to bury me, If it
is written by God that I will die in the aeroplane and my body can’t be found,
it wont be possible o’
, and they will shout at me ‘ah, don’t say that again
Baba’
.

Chief Jimoh Aliu with Nollywood Actress, Nike Peller

But the one that didn’t die in the aeroplane and got burnt and they
blew his ashes away into the winds, shall we say such people offended God? If I
am in Mecca now and I witness a
traffic jam, I will get down from the taxi
and grab a motor cycle (okada) for my transportation and I will see people
exclaiming ‘ah, Baba, why are you
climbing Okada? You a famous man,
why?’.
But those who climb Okada are humans
too. Sometimes ago, I lost two kids within two days, and I told my wives ‘oya, oya, pack your luggage, costumes and props’. They said ‘Baba, what is going on?’ I said ‘we are heading for our stage plays. Let’s move’. And they said ‘Baba, why are you behaving like this after
losing your kids?’ and I said ‘those ones are gone, there is nobody that
prays to
lose a child talkless of
two’
. If you are a man of faith and you are philosophically grounded, if
anything happens, you will grow over it and you will ask yourself ‘how did it happen and is it your child that
will be the first to die or are you the first parent to lose a child?’
.

Chief Jimoh Aliu to Asabeafrika…’No Condition in life is worth dying for. If you lose, rise and take the next step as life continues”

Even the child of our Prophet Mohammad (PHUB), the day his
child died he went to Yidi; he must
not cease to be at Yidi. Alah Akbar…Alah Akbar, he was praying but his mind was in the accident,
and an Angel had to intercede. May
God bless the soul of (Late President) Yar’
Adua
, excuse me, what are you even talking about? God cannot be fooled. Do
you think God can be fooled?. If we are in Mecca,
do you know how many dead bodies that are being buried daily? Don’t people die
in Mecca? Don’t people die in America? You took MKO Abiola’s wife (Late Simbiat Abiola) out of Nigeria to America with
almost 11 well trained medical experts attending to her yet she was brought
home dead. I want to tell you, anyone that God says he is going to die, God
already know what is going to kill that person. How will Olumide Bakare die and
the world will not be aware? I mean someone that is being seen on television
across the world?; it is something that killed him.

Chief Jimoh Aliu to Asabeafrika…’Nollywood is full of poor and famous people. Government need to help us”

But one big problem we have
in the theater family is that we are poor. We don’t have money, yet we have
fame. Even during his illness, if we ask the drama body to contribute money to
save Olumide
Bakare
, where do we get such funds? You see the case of actors and
actresses is like that of an old car you go and get, you panel bated the car,
you now spray and painted it in very shining and alluring color and you now put
it in the market. Yet the car has no engine, that is how we actors are. The
engine that is not there is money o, they don’t have money o, and if they keep
deceiving themselves that they are financially buoyant, that means they want to
die of hunger. They better shout out and get help. Government is the one that
ought to help us because we are doing a great service to the government and yet
the government does not want to recognize our good role in the society. Nobody
should cause crisis among us; late actors like Olumide Bakare, if we
were to be in America, if we were to be in London, don’t you know
what they will posses in material wealth? don’t you know what they will earn in
terms of wealth?

Chief Jimoh Aliu explaining a point to the GDA

If politicians want to have their campaigns in civilized
societies, they will call actors and actresses. And the actors and actresses
are the ones the voters want to see. But here, when they get to power, they are
supposed to do something and help the actors and actresses but reverse is the
case. They (Government) should have a special fund that any actor or actresses
that is ill, if his case is critical and he needs medical help abroad, that
money should be able to aide him and solve his problem immediately. A lot of
them fight me o, if they don’t fight me I wont be like this. I pray the more
they fight me, God will continue to answer their prayers. God will continue to
help them; even the one that is envying me, I pray God will continue to help
him so that he can continue to envy me. But please, don’t let them
(Actors/Actresses) die. If you want to cook a standard soup, you will buy meat,
you will buy pepper, you will buy locust beans, you will buy salt and you will
even set fire on the stove to cook. Excuse me, in all of these, which one can
you put in your eyes? Put pepper in
your eyes, put salt in your eyes and deep your finger in the fire but without
all these, the soup cannot be made. You are saying Olumide Bakare or someone
else dies, excuse me, we have different destinies given to us by God.

Chief Jimoh Aliu to Asabeafrika….’My own destiny can never be like that of any other actor in Nigeria’

The one
he gave me is different from the one he gave Dele Odule, Oga
Bello
or any other person. He gave us differently but their knowledge
and their understanding of religion might be very small. I am now 82 years, have
they gone through what I have gone through in this world? Where have they
reached in their journey of life? It is God we should continue to beg to
continue to direct their path in life, to continue to teach them so that they
wont become someone that is making jest of the elders or rubbishing the elders
because they are equally coming to become elders one day. Sometimes ago, Baba
Sala
(Moses Adejumo) had 9 cars with white men as his directors. He was
a seasoned theater man. I Jimoh Aliu must not walk bare footed
in town. So, God said some of us should rise to prominence as well.

Chief Jimoh Aliu to Asabeafrika….’If you rise to stardom and press others down, your own children will equally be pressed down’

Whereas
some of them rose to prominence and tried to press many others down. So if you
stop another person from rising to prominence what about your own children? who
want to rise as well, your evil work will equally deny him from rising to
prominence. If you are praying, also pray for your enemies. But some people
don’t know. They may even set up meetings and say ‘is it that Jimoh Aliu? If he invites you for a production, don’t go.
If he wants you for a movie, don’t honor him. Don’t even attend his location,
that Baba is too wicked’
. Some people will even tell colleagues ‘look, if you want to be alive, don’t go to
his
location o, he will use juju to
kill you o’
; that is how they raise fear in the minds of many and some of
them will just run away (Laughter). They will say ‘Which Jimoh Aliu?’ I
know uncountable number of people they (his foes) said that to and they came to
me and said ‘Excuse sir, I didn’t know
you are so kind like this. But they told me that if I get close to you, you
will use juju to kill me’
. Then, I will say to the person, ‘can you kindly help me go back to that
person to ask him how many people have died from my juju?’
(Laughter). 

Chief Yemi Elebuibon and other Traditional Chiefs honors Chief Jimoh Aliu as Oba Asa of Yoruba Land

You understand me, so, please I want you to
understand that we don’t know the fate that befell those who keep dying in the theater industry. Of course, they might do fame charm (Ogun Okiki), they are the ones who know what they are chasing after
with fame charm. That is their own philosophy, they want to make name but when
it turns to something else, they will know. Their peculiar situation can teach
others great lessons of life. Why didn’t I do fame charm (Ogun Okiki). I have so many Islamic
scholars
(Alfas) I have so many prophets, I have so many herbalist friends,
what kind of association can’t I afford? Both here in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia
and other parts of the world up to Abeokuta,
is in the neighborhood of Ijebu or Abare farm, or in Igbira town or in Tapa
land or where can’t I seek charm around the world?. But despite my connection
and fraternity with powerful people, I have realized that the herbalist will
die, the chief priest will die, the prophet will die, the Islamic scholar will
die so who will remain?

The Oba Asa, High Chief Jimoh Aliu aka Aworo

It is better you get closer to God, it is better you
pray for the well being of your neighbor so that your children too can be
successful in life. Let them keep abusing you, let them keep cursing you but
you continue to pray for them. That is why I said go and read Psalm
109
and Psalm 120. If you are a Muslim, go and
read Tabatiadar.
If you are reading Inakaina (recites the 
Quranic verse down to Aka),
that Aka
has meaning, I can draw the tesbar on Aka twenty thousand times (recites
silently) it has a deep meaning. Tabatiadar has its meaning to clear
off evil or misadventure. Psalm 109, Psalm 120, if you have
water from different sources, 7 kinds of water and you aggregate them in one
portion and read Psalm 109 and read Psalm 120 (Specified the number of
time but due to spiritual misuses the information is hidden from the public)
and you now use it to bath and wash your head, even if a Prophet does (evil)
prayer for 3 years, the prayer will never be answered. If you are in a church,
that church might even explode, there is no amount of prayer you will pray that
will amount to something, for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 years the prayer will be halted. Go
and read that Psalm 109 and Psalm 120, that is where
we did our research to in theology. You can call me a Christian, you can call me a Muslim
and you can even say ‘Oh, that Jimoh
Aliu, don’t get close to him, he is a herbalist, he is an Ogboni man’
, that
is your headache. Nothing concerns me; the case is between me and God.

The GDA with the High Chief after a Breakfast Encounter at a Lagos Restaurant

The case
is not between you and them. Let them abuse you because they don’t know where
you belong.  They will provoke you to an
extent in order to know your secret but there is no need to talk, there is no
need to explain yourself. Continue to do your prayer and move closer to great
men of wisdom and godliness. I have them from age 70 years, 80 years in Ilorin, Iwo, and every other town in
Yoruba
land and elsewhere, so I am confident of my faith. That is why I
said if someone dies and he is celebrated, it is because he is famous. There
are numbers of unheard deaths in Nigeria but
we the famous class, we cannot die without being talked about. If someone is
just sick, they will say ‘oh, he is sick
o, he is sick o’
and when that person dies, they will say ‘oh, they are killing themselves in that
industry. They are killing themselves’
. How are they going to be killing
each other when many of them are hungry, some can’t pay their house rents, some
can’t build a house and even some, their cars are being fueled by friends and
associates; some can’t even buy recharge cards.

The Oba Asa, High Chief Jimoh Aliu with the GDA after the historic encounter inside his hotel room in Lagos

I am saying it the way it is. I
pray God will release them from poverty, God will elevate them. My brother,
there is profound poverty in that theater industry. I am using this medium to
tell Nigerians now and I am telling Federal Government, I am telling State
Governments, I am telling everybody that ‘please, right from this moment I am
praying for all these artistes we have in Nigeria.
May God let them grow, let churches invite them to come and pray and equally
bless them.

Chief Jimoh Aliu to Asabeafrika…’Let Churches, Mosque & Government rise and help Nigerian Actors & Actresses in their times of need’

Let Mosques invite and bless them; the government at all level, if
they hear that someone is sick or want to do something and the person is an
actor or actress, call for the attention of the president of the association, is
it ANTP, is it TANPAN or which one. Call the leader and say ‘ok, vote N5million for such
artiste to go and treat him or herself abroad’
. I mean, in a country where
they are stealing trillions and even dumping some in the bush, where some
people are spending about ten to twenty million Naira to buy jewelries, and you
see a dying artiste, these are people who are using their talents to bless the
masses, disallowing the masses from committing suicide and giving joy to the
society, and you heard such a person is dying and you as government will
ignore. I mean artistes who churn our morally inclined works that brings
happiness to homes. However, they too should try to do more works that will
inspire good morals because there are some movies I see on TV these days that whenever I see them, I just switch off my
television because I don’t want to bastardize my children’s morals. You should
write plays and churn out movies that will teach morals and let the government
equally embrace and help performing artistes.

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