The Show Must Go On? Realism Goes Extreme As Nigerian Actor Burns Over Failed Fire-Stunt


A super talented Nollywood actor, Ani Iyoho is reportedly nursing severe burns in a yet-to-be-disclosed hospital.

Ani Iyoho was hospitalized for sustaining severe burns on the set of a Nigerian movie directed by one Stanlee Ohuikhuare and produced by Kelechi Udegbe and Ugochukwu Azikiwe.

Stanlee Ohikhuare is a one man squad as far as the arts are involved. He paints, writes, directs, a 3D animator and has a state-of-the-art touch when it comes to cinematography.

Unfortunately, with the recent ugly incidence that has jeopardized the life and career of Nollywood’s finest, Ani Iyoho, Stanlee’s reputation is not coming across as good as it used to be.

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Any well-groomed thespian knows that there is always a room for accidents. But as a matter of ethics, there should be an inexcusable provision for the life of the talents involved.

Be it a stage or on set, the life of the actor must be valued and cared for. Reason? The actor, flesh and blood embodied- is his own tool.


The video that documented the horrifying fire-accident showcased just how very little the Nigerian actor is worth. In fairness, that might not go round for all.

Nevertheless it raises eye-brows that while a human being was burning, in other words, his life was in serious danger, Nollywood’s renowned director and stunts cordinator/editor was busy capturing his actor burning for real.

Report says that the fire extinguisher failed to work at the time of the incident.

During the pre-production processes for a movie with such stunt, I’m guessing that it was probably considered that a “functional” fire-extinguisher and/or water should have been listed as quint-essentials for that scene.

In fairness, again, no one plans for an accident but then there should be sound safety measures on ground. Many have wondered if the extinguisher was tested prior to the scene. The unanswered question will hopefully be clarified when the “unreachable” director and producers of the movies show up.

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Ani Iyoho is an incredibly well spoken actor from Akwa Ibom state, Southern region of Nigeria. It is on record that the Nollywood star did not take up the role on gun-point. The karate black-belt holder accepted it as he intended to make a name for himself as a “fearless stuntman”.

He will be the 2nd Nollywood stunt-actor to have a near-death stunt experience after Emma Ehummadu. Last year, Vaughn Akpochi, popularly known as the “General” escaped a burning car with his face and palms burnt. Vaughn miraculously made a speedy recovery.

Ani has featured in a good number of blockbuster movies and TV dramas. His colleagues in the industry are rallying round to raise funds to save his life.