Saturday 2 March 2024

Nollywood Actor, Sisi Quadri dies at 44..sets Nollywood community, fans mourning

Quadri Tolani Oyebamiji, a popular Nigerian actor known widely as Sisi Quadri, bid the world goodbye yesterday at the age of 44.

His death was confirmed by his colleague, Tunde Olayusuf, who shared Sisi Quadri’s picture on a social media platform with the caption: “Everything in the world is according to the will of Allah. From Allah we have come, and unto him we shall all return – May God rest your soul Bro @iamsisiquadir.”

Another colleague, Biola Bayo, also wrote: “You will be greatly missed Sisi Quadri. May your soul rest in perfect peace. May God comfort all your loved ones.”

Mourning the passage of the popular Nollywood actor yesterday, Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke  described his death as shocking and devastating, noting that his acting style was unique.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, Governor Adeleke commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased actor, especially his aged father, Alhaji Oyebamiji, the people of Iwoland and the movie industry as a whole, urging them to take consolation in his life of impacts, particularly in the acting profession.

The governor said: “Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji a.k.a. Sisi Quadri was a delight to watch in movies. He was a great talent that illuminated homes and imparted valuable messages.“With his demise, the memory of the wonderful moments he created on the scenes, and more, the comical relief he inspires through his works will reverberate for years.

“I mourn his loss knowing well the great talent that is gone. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, the people of Iwoland, the movie industry, and everyone touched by this devastating experience.

“It is my sincere prayer that they get the strength to bear the hard moment his passage represents. May Almighty Allah grant him aljanah fridaus soul."

Sisi Quadri had his primary and secondary education in Ore, Ondo State. He is well known for his role in the Yoruba movie, Seniyan Seranko, which was released on December 4, 2004. 

The late actor was set to captivate audiences in the upcoming film “Anikulapo: The Return of Spectre,” scheduled for release in cinemas shortly. 

He died a popular Nigerian actor, who first made his name in Nollywood films with Yoruba as the major language.

The death of Sisi Quadri didn’t come as a shock to some of his colleagues and family members while many of his fans have been left in shock and mourning.

According to some colleagues who were privy to his health status, the late Quadri passed away after months of battling with kidney failure. 

While the name Quadri Tolani Oyebamiji may not ring a bell – even in the film industry – at the mention of Sisi Quadri, fans of the 44-year-old Nollywood actor will besiege your party, Instagram live, post or Facebook and Twitter feed.

Ability to talk and display unrivaled brilliance comes naturally for Sisi Quadri, a trained fashion designer that got into the film industry by chance.

The late actor hailed from Iwo in Osun State but grew up in Ondo State where he had his primary and secondary education in Ore.

After his secondary school education, Quadri enrolled for training in fashion designing. He completed the process and was certified a fashion designer in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Following his graduation and certification, he kicked off a moderate fashion house which also trained young and upcoming fashion designers. To this end, Quadri trained several fashion experts, tailors and seamstresses, who graduated after going through his tutelage.

While making a living through his fashion firm, Quadri’s path crossed with that of late and veteran actor cum filmmaker, Alhaji Ajileye, who was filming the Yoruba classic, ‘Koto Aiye’ between 1993 and 1995.

However, Quadri was introduced to the world of make-believe in 2002 and he didn’t just blend with the industry but became a born role interpreter, wowing many of the established acts he met on set.

His journey as an actor saw him going through some departments in the filmmaking industry that included make-up, location and acting.

However, his national break didn’t come until the big break of the internet and social media. He didn’t mince words in admitting his strength remains his vocal ability and largely verbal abuse in the local/native language of Yoruba.

Despite featuring in several films rendered in Yoruba Language, Quadri became famous for his rare style of acting. He got the name Sisi Quadri from his mannerism, which sees many likening him to a female while maintaining his masculinity.

According to those that were close to Quadri, his character in films is natural because he inherited it from his parents. It was further revealed that his parents are feared by many, who avoid being attacked verbally when crossed.

His popularity saw him featuring in skits made by popular skit makers and internet sensations including Mr Macaroni and Taooma, amongst others. 

With his words, Quadri could make the most beautiful lady feel ugly and unattractive and an ugly lady feel on top of the world with his flattery words – though he rarely flatters.

Until his death, Quadri owned a property of his own where he lived, anchored events as an MC, and got proceeds from his investment in the world of fashion designing.

Those very close to the late actor insist that he neither smoked nor drank for inspiration as he was strict on his water and soda routine. He was in tune with his environment, which has influenced his inspiration.

Until his death, he was resident in the Iwo area of Osun State and only travelled to Lagos on job demand.

He was married and blessed with a child.

Quadri made his global mark when he featured in the Netflix original directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan – Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre.

Sadly, Quadri passed away on the day the series started airing on Netflix.


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