Nollywood mourns the passing of iconic 'The New Masquerade' actress, Ovularia

The late Elizabeth Evoeme

The Nigerian entertainment industry is in mourning following the passing of veteran actress Elizabeth Evoeme, popularly known as Ovularia from the beloved 1980s TV sitcom "The New Masquerade". 
She was 81 years old.

Evoeme's death was met with an outpouring of tributes from her colleagues and admirers across the Nollywood community. Veteran actor Jide Kosoko, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, described the late actress as a "disciplined woman who had contributed immensely to the growth of the entertainment industry."

Other industry figures also took to social media to celebrate Ovularia's legacy and the indelible mark she left on Nigerian television. 

Fans fondly remembered her memorable performances and the iconic character she portrayed in "The New Masquerade". 

“We have lost another gem though at a ripe age; I pray the almighty God grant her soul a peaceful rest.

“We worked together on The New Masquerade, I was a guest artiste at that time, she was just fantastic. May her soul rest in peace and may God continue to keep us that are still alive

“Her virtue of discipline that has to do with keeping to call time, submitting to the directors’ wish at all time and other professional ethics she stood for, should be emulated by all other actors,” he said.

Also, Adebayo Salami, popularly known as “Oga Bello”, described the death of the actress as shocking.

He said, “We are all getting older but no one wants to die, we are going to miss her but her legacies still remain with us. We love her but God loves her most.”

Fred Amata also expressed shock over the death of the actress.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Evoeme’s death was announced by her family on Tuesday.

A statement by the family reads: “Friends, fans, colleagues, the family of the legendary actress, Elizabeth Lizzy ‘Ovularia’ Evoeme, would like to notify the public, all those who loved her and her work in ‘The new Masquerade”, of her passing.

“Elizabeth ‘Ovularia’ Evoeme will be dearly missed and extremely loved by her family, you, and her fans.

“We thank you all for your support and for respecting our privacy at this time. God bless you all and may our dear Elizabeth ‘Ovularia’ Evoeme rest in perfect peace, now and always.”

Elizabeth Evoeme, known professionally as Ovularia, had a prolific career spanning several decades in the Nigerian entertainment industry. She was a fixture on the small screen, captivating audiences with her comedic timing and nuanced acting skills. 

Ovularia's contributions to the growth and evolution of Nollywood will be long remembered and celebrated by her peers and fans alike.
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