Biography of Sam Loco Efe

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Sam Loco EfeNollywood Actor Sam Loco Efe, Born December 25, 1939 into the family of Arase at Ogboka, in Benin Kingdom, Baby Sam counld not envisage what the future had in stock for him as very little attention was paid to his education. But he was determined to sort out life from every sphere of human endeavor.

The Civil war brought young Sam back from the East to Benin City in 1968, where he resided with Pa Aghedo. As the wind of the war began to settle down in 1969, he joined the then ECN, now PHCN as a footballer. Sam mesmerized his opponents on the pitch of play at his pace that earned him the name Locomotiv, which he later adapted as Loco.

He was certainly not a man who had interest in long names as even Efeimwonkiekie was abbreviated to Efe, which gave many, the impression that he was of Delta origin.

When football was no longer a choice endeavor for ECN, attempts were made to convert his employment to a casual labour status. But young Sam Loco Efe was a man who had an appointment with destiny. He quit ECN and matched on to Lagos.

In Lagos, Dunlop (Nig) Ltd was the first to identify Sam’s burning desire to get on the springboard that is to take him to greater height in later years. Dunlop engaged him and brought him back to Benin City as a sales representative.One of the rules of engagement was a Volkswagen Beetle car. This was good in his eyes. Since, he learnt that there is no killing the beetle.

Sam combined his life ambition in acting with his job. His early exploits on command performances on stage brought him to the realization that only acting could replace his love for football. He was a beauty to see in the play, Oba Ewuakpe. Thus, Sam Loco Efe discovered his springboard that was to launch him to the world of fame.

That he left his salesmanship job for the theater did not just happen. He was a natural performer of the sort that are born to the trade. Sam could not have been anything else but a classical thespian, who took the art to such heights of brilliance and style that added greatly to the true life situation he was imitating.

Discovered by Jonathan Ihonde, producer of the sitcom, Hotel De Jordan in the early 70’s. Sam Loco Efe was initially cast as Piccado-Suberu and quickly given a more prominent role as Ukatabribri.

This brought him to limelight as Hotel De Jordan, along with Village Headmaster from the West. The Masquerade from the East, were the longest running sitcoms in Nigeria. Equipped with these experiences, sam Loco Efe walked tall into the Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC)77, the second edition of the African’s biggest Black Festivals of Arts and Culture.

He rose with an outstanding performance in Langbodo, Nigeria’s drama presentation in FESTAC 77.Langbodo was the magic wand, the key that opened the door to a wonderful career that was to flourish until death 35 memorable years later.

This rescued his education as his clinical interpretation of the roles that fell to him to play at FESTAC 77 got him an admission into the University of Ibadan, where he emerged a humorist per excellence; a stage craftsman; and a video impresario, clinching a diploma in Theatre Arts Department.

This veteran Thespian was in the cast of The Gods Are Not To Blame and Things Fall Apart. He set up The United Artistes theatre Workshop in 1977 alongside Felix Ogie, Prof Eghosa Osaghae, Uwa Osunbor and Dr. Uyi Lawal Usewanlele (USA-based lecturer).

With his experience and in company of Ben Risky Okoeguale, Sam toured secondary schools with repertoire of two-man act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead. In the video world of Nollywood, Sam Loco took centre stage.

He was one of the best artiste Nollywood ever produced. Sam loco unarguably bestrode three generations of Nigerian Performing Artistes speaking basically all Nigerian languages. Sam Loco Efe, even after his death has become an international brand worthy of celebration.

As age began to show its face, Sam turned philosophical. Even in the dialogue that crept into his lines, he started to reveal his basic philosophy of life. First and foremost, he was an impulsive giver, giving out of his pocket without regard for the value of money. This is because he loved to share his happiness with others.

Sam loco was the father of six children including Mrs. Sandra Ebun Leonardo; Bola Adesuwa Efe; Bismarck Nosa Efe; Julia Orobosa Omozusi; Precious Osariemen Efe and Omoruyi Efe.

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  1. Elvis

    April 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

    We miss u so much.Rest in peace.

  2. Prince philanthropist

    August 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Sam you are really a beacon of morality. We mis you so much. Slp well till that glorious moment when we shall meet to part no more.

  3. Joseph Adukubo

    March 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

    surely you will remembered for the legacy you left. may your soul and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace with the Lord. AMEEEEEEEEN.

  4. Samuel muwanga

    August 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Papa sam u were realy agreat man u wl be remembered ever more

  5. Geofrey Avo Kenya

    February 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Rest in peace my african hero ……I will really miss ua jokes

  6. philip engulu

    May 22, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Efe to date I regard u as d best nolly wood actor ever

  7. pius

    June 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Sam we miss u a lot .may ua soul rest in Peace. amen

  8. Benard Onyango

    July 4, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Papa Sam, l realy mis ua facial gestures n your figurative language. May u b part of those who will enjoy eternal life .

  9. JOHN

    August 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm


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