Charles Inojie has described his late senior colleague, Sam Loco-Efe as the most intelligent Nollywood actor that ever lived.
The veteran actor extolled Sam Loco during a recent chat with famous media personality, Chude Jideonwo while reflecting on his impressive career when he was alive.
Sam Loco-Efe passed away on 7th of August, 2011 after a career that spanned three decades. He was 65 years old at the time of his death.
Inojie said the late actor was “from another planet” as he only reads scripts once and immediately knows the lines while others struggle. He also said regrettably, the legendary thespian died without a national honour.
Charles said; “Uncle Sam (Sam Loco-Efe) was perhaps the most intelligent Nollywood actor that ever lived. He can be here smoking cigarette, and people are rehearsing that way, you won’t know that his subconscious mind is where they are rehearsing. He would be correcting you from afar, you won’t even know he is talking to you.
“If you have a scene to play with him, Uncle Sam would only read with you once. He would ask the others to rehearse their lines. He would read that scene just once. He would say his lines, and when you missed yours, he would tell you your lines. Since I’ve been meeting people, I haven’t seen that type before. Uncle Sam was from another planet.
“But the country we live in, how can anyone imagine that Uncle Sam died without a national honour? In a country where national honours are being given to neophytes, greenhorns. Uncle Sam died without a national honour.
“One of Nigeria’s entries to FESTAC 1977, I think that was ‘Lambodo’ where uncle Sam played the lead role. He got a special mention from the Queen as the best actor in Africa. That kind of human being, even in death, he deserves posthumous awards.”