Sidikat Odunkanwi (born November 15, 1960), addressed professionally as Iyabo Oko, was a revered Nigerian actress and TV personality.
She was celebrated for her exceptional performances in the vibrant world of Yoruba cinema. Her remarkable ability to bring characters to life on the silver screen solidified her status as a true icon of Nollywood.
Her talent shone brightly in memorable films such as Idunnu Okan and Okobo Himeji, where her skilful portrayal of diverse roles captivated audiences and left an indelible impression. Through her artistry, Iyabo Oko made an enduring impact on the Nigerian movie industry, etching her name in its illustrious history.
Tragically, on the mournful day of Wednesday, June 28, 2023, her family announced her untimely passing at the age of 62, after a prolonged battle with an undisclosed illness. The news was confirmed by her daughter, Bisi Aisha, a brave soldier, who shared a heartfelt message, “May your soul Rest in Peace, Mummy,” expressing the profound loss felt by her LOVED ONES.
The Nigerian entertainment community mourned the departure of Iyabo Oko, a veteran whose absence left a void in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike. Her passing came as a further blow following the recent loss of fellow artist Murphy Afolabi, whose departure was marked by controversy.
As we bid farewell to Iyabo Oko, her legacy as an extraordinary talent and an emblem of grace remains ever-present. Her captivating performances, impeccable artistry, and dedication to her craft will forever be treasured in the tapestry of Nollywood. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory continue to inspire future generations
Iyabo Oko was born 15th of November, 1960, and was biologically named Odukanmi Kudirat. She hails from Iwo, a local government in Osun State, Nigeria. She spends most of her early childhood life in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Iyabo Oko Political Life
Iyabo Oko is a card-carrying member of the Alliance for Progressive Change (APC), and she was among the Nollywood stars and actresses that canvassed for PVCs in 2015. During this campaign, she disclosed that she was a former member of the PDP but left since they had nothing to offer her.
Moji Olaiya, Remi Shitta-Bay, Remi Oshodi (Surutu), Ronke Oshodi-Oke, Eniola Badmus (Omo-Ghetto), Fadeyi Oloro, and L'Awori are among those on the APC team.
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