Forgotten Hero: 4 Things Nollywood Icon, Gbenga Richards Was Known For In His Lifetime


Veteran Yoruba Gbenga Richards, a Nollywood actor, is dead. The Nollywood icon reportedly passed away on Thursday morning, May 12, 2022, after battling a longtime ailment.

The late actor was reportedly suffering from diabetes and other related ailments. PM News reported that his colleagues and friends solicited funds to cater to his welfare before his sudden demise.

Gbenga Richards

The actor left a legacy in Nollywood despite not getting his due flowers from fans and the industry alike.

Gbenga whose reigns were in the early 2000s was known for playing action roles that – in fairness, were way ahead of his time, compared to acceptable standards in Nollywood today. With the benefit of hindsight of course.

These roles gave him a second Moniker, Agent Du. Below are notable things Gbenga Richards was known for in his lifetime:

1. The vibrant actor was known for his intimidating voice and exceptional acting skills. In one of his interviews,

The actor said,

“I don’t think there is anything I have done I would single out as my biggest success. All I know is I have done quite a lot, and I have made impression on the minds of people, and a lot of people still remember me by them. My best is yet to come because I am still under-utilized.”

2. Richard Gbenga is popularly known for his roles in the movies 30 Days (2006), Darkest Night (2005), and Betrayal by Love (2004).

3. The actor who was reported to have died in his 60 first appeared as an actor while representing Nigeria with African Theatre doyen, Hubert Ogunde at the Second World Black and African Festival of African Culture (FESTAC) in 1977

4. Gbenga Richard was married to actress Florence Richard for 15 years. No information the actor’s children, and other family members is available. He is known for a secretive personal life. He was reported to have died in his 60.


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