Baring all unforseen circumstances the remains of the late highly committed and well respected Nollywood giant-Chico John Meziakpono Ejiro would be going to his home state in Delta state for interment come Saturday, February 20, 2021. This much was revealed in a press statement that was recently released on behalf of his family by his elder brother Zeb Ejiro.
The boss of Grandtouch Pictures, one of the top brands in the film industry in Nigeria had given up the ghost in the early hours of December 25, 2020 after succumbing to complications that arose from heart failure. Prior to his sudden demise, he had been ailing and he was thought to be getting better already, only for his health situation to relapse suddenly and before he could be rushed to the hospital for immediate attention/help, he had given up the ghost.
The full text of the statement by his well celebrated elder brother Zeb Ejiro is below-
The Ejiro family of Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, wish to formally announce the untimely passing to eternity of their most cherished son, Chico Ejiro on Christmas day, December 25, 2020. His demise followed complications arising from high blood pressure for which he had been treated . He had returned delightfully to the only business he was so passionate about and had concluded his movie shoot barely two days before Christmas. His painful death was a tragic drama that took less than 10 minutes and there was silence.
Chico as he was widely known both locally and internationally, was a distinguished creative industry entrepreneur, a film and television Director/Producer, a talent investor and cineaste. He was reputed to have directed over 95 movies, a fit often hailed as unprecedented in Nigeria’s motion picture industry known as Nollywood. It was for his pacy and innovative directorial production style at the nascent stage of Nollywood that he was nicknamed Mr Prolific.
Beyond his core industry practice, Chico was known for his humane spirit, a deeply kind nature, his uncommon humility and amiable aura that inspired the wide partnerships he built and network of friends within and outside of the creative industry.
His company, Grand Touch Pictures, was known to have partnered with over 30 different movie organisations for television, film and reality TV show productions.
Importantly, Chico was a family man. He was totally committed to the cause of the welfare and happiness of his family. No matter where he was, whatever meeting, no matter how important the occasion, everything stopped at the call of his family. His devotion to his wife, children and indeed siblings was simply exemplary. He was passionately attached and ever grateful to his elder brother and mentor, Zeb Ejiro, OON, who inspired his career switch to the motion picture industry even though he read Agriculture at the university.
Chico in the last six years had devoted his entire life and resources to assure the health and survival of his youngest child who was diagnosed with cancer related ailments while still a toddler. His devoted wife, Joy Ejiro, has since been in the US to attend to their son and had returned with him temporarily for the yuletide holiday after being away for two years.
The funeral for this scion of Isoko nation, South-South region and indeed Delta state has been fixed for Saturday, February 20, 2021.
He is survived by wife, children, siblings, uncles and cousins.
Zeb Ejiro, OON
For the Ejiro Family”.