Sadiq Daba a veteran broadcaster with Nigerian Television Authority, NTA and Nollywood actor, is dead.

Sadiq Daba

Family sources said he died Wednesday evening after a prolonged battle with leukemia and prostate cancer.

Mr Daba announced his diagnosis of leukemia and prostate cancer in 2017 and was supported with fundraising by several Nigerians.

Daba, who many in the industry look up to as role model for his ingenuity, came to prominence in his acting career in the late 1970s, starring in the acclaimed “Cockcrow at Dawn” television series.

In 2015, he won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in the award-winning movie “October 1.”

He was also honored as “Garkuwan Nollywood,” Hausa translation for “Shield of Nollywood,” by stakeholders in the motion picture industry. He received the honour at the 2018 Nollywood New Yam Festival Awards held in Abuja.

“He is indeed a shield in the industry as his wealth of experience and consistency has contributed greatly to nollywood and will surely be missed.