5 FILMS THAT ESTABLISHED SAINT OBI AS NOLLYWOOD LEGEND
By Adeniyi Onaara
Saint Obi has a lengthy filmography, but these are our favorites.
The news of the death of veteran actor Saint Obi, whose true name is Obinna Nwafor, spread across the entertainment industry on May 13, 2023.
Since his death, many people have resorted to social media to express their condolences to his family and share their grief. Despite his death, Obi’s legacy lives on via his paintings, which he poured his heart and soul into.
The actor, a successful on-screen legend, made childhood memorable for many of us by providing unique performances whenever he got the opportunity.
Known as the era’s action movie star, he was born on November 16, 1965, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Obi began his acting career in the late 1990s and quickly became a household name due to his exceptional talent and good looks.
Before his demise, he appeared in numerous Nollywood films, but here are five of the most notable films that made him a force to be remembered forever.
CANDLE LIGHT (1998)
Saint Obi made his breakthrough in the film Candle Light, directed by Chico Ejiro. The film stars the actor as one of the male leads with other talents, yet he shines through, giving him a role in later films. The film was a huge success and is now regarded as a masterpiece in Nigerian cinema.
STATE OF EMERGENCY (2000)
Saint Obi had an appearance in Teco Benson’s film State of Emergency. It’s a Nigerian action film about furious ex-soldiers who kidnap government politicians in exchange for a series of demands. Obi’s performance in the film won him more acclaim and helped cement his position as a leading Nollywood actor.
SAKOBI, THE SERPENT GIRL (2001)
Zeb Ejiro directed the film, which stars Obi and Susan Patrick. The plot centres around a man named Francis, who is punished with a brief lifespan of prosperity after a plot to sacrifice his daughter fails. He also falls in love with Sakobi, a snake girl who flips his life upside down.
WANTED ALIVE (2001)
Obi plays the leader of a criminal group striving to break free from a life of crime in the 2001 film directed by Chico Ejiro. Other action stars in the film include Hanks Anuku, Jerry Amilo, Paul Obazele, Emeka Enyiocha, and Tuvi James. It is also one of the many flicks that made the audience fall in love with Saint Obi, the Nigerian James Bond.
FESTIVAL OF FIRE (2002)
In this all-time classic directed by Chico Ejiro, the on-screen legend also demonstrated his talent. The film relates the narrative of a hamlet that practiced human sacrifice until the church and Christianity intervened.