Veteran actor, Lari Williams , dies at 81

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Renowned actor , Lari Williams, is dead. He was aged 81.

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A statement issued by his family said the actor died on Sunday February 27 at his hometown, Ikom, Cross River State after a brief illness.

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William’s acting career spanned over five decades. He was popular for his roles in hit soap operas such as Village Headmaster, Ripples, and Mirror in The Sun among others.

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Williams, who was the inaugural president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), earned a prestigious national honour, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2008.

Educated at CMS Grammar School, Lagos. Williams travelled to England where he studied Journalism at London School of Journalism before proceeding to study English at Morley College and later Drama at Mountview Theatre School and Stratford E15 Acting School to become a professional actor.

He lectured Theatre Arts in three Nigerian universities including University of Lagos, Lagos State University, and University of Calabar.

Williams emerged the first actor to ever perform on top of 1,200 feet high Zuma Rock in Abuja where he performed his late friend, Maman Vatsa’s poem, ‘The Bird that Sings in the Rain’.

“He will be greatly missed by his family members and friends .Burial arrangements will be announced soon,” the statement from his family said.

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