LOCO-EFE (Late), Sam






Sam Loco-Efe was an actor and Director. He started out as a Sales representative in Michelin in 1972 soon after he joined Dunlop before switching to Karo Pharmaceuticals in 1976, as Sales Manager. Sam Loco-Efe took interesting in acting from the moment an amateur theatre group came to present "The Doctor In Spite of Himself" in their School in 1960 and since then the make-believe world of the theatre became his own. With the help of a teacher, they produced excerpts of Julius Ceasar, later presenting it for the Abaliki zonal festival of arts. Though their school came last, Sam Loco-Efe won a prize as "Most Promising actor" with a scholarship to go with it. Sam Loco-Efe, through Secondary school nurtured theatre clubs that presented concerts on a regular basis. Even during the civil war(he fought briefly on the Biafran side before being captured by the Federal troops), he enacted sketches to boost flagging morale. With his return to Benin in 1968, he formed the Ovonranwen National Theatre Group (ONTG) which introduced plays outside of the historical genre to an appreciative audience. He became a co-actor in Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Benin's Prime time drama programme, Hotel de Jordan where he played Pikado Suberu and later Ukatabiribiri. Sam Loco-Efe later went solo, presenting shows for radio, television, stage and doing master of Ceremony on the side. Within this Period, he formed Ben Sam Productions with Ben Okuguale which toured extensively and in 1980, joined the Unibadan Performing Company as head of drama. He remained there for three years, creating "Two Just Men" and "Fun Time" on Oyo State radio. By 1985, he began work on a TV programme, when he got a calll from Odemegwu Ojukwu, in Lagos, asking him to in his participate in his sponsored play, "Wind Versus Polygamy". Several productions followed: "Eruku", "Once More Dear Land", "Broken Jug", "Turning Wheel"(a TV Sit-com), "The Prince Must Marry the Princess" e.t.c. Sam Loco-Efe died on August 7, 2011.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse
State of Origin: Benin State
Father's Name Mr. Arase Efeimwonkiyeke
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Profession Actor
Working Experience

Selected Movies:
– Tom and Jerry
– Final World Cup
– Long John
– Ukwa
– I’ll Take My Chances
– Osuofia in London
– My Love
I want to harvest you

December 25, 1945
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