The talented role interpreter died in the early hours of yesterday, May 1st. Although the details surrounding his death are still sketchy, it is believed that his death was due to complications arising from an attack of stroke.
His son, Peter Bunor jr. who is also an actor, took to his Facebook page yesterday to announce his father’s death:Although this is just one of such deaths befalling the high profile movie industry practitioners in Nigeria, this death is more disheartening because Peter Bunor’s friends and colleagues in the acting profession saw it coming. Do you recall that after Peter fell ill, he complained bitterly in an interview with Vanguard? Bunor said:
“Since this thing happened [in 2012] there has been no single actor that called me to ask about my condition.
It is a shame on their part. Would they say they don’t know that I am sick? ‘I had a stroke and that was the end of it.”
Was Peter not a member of the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria? If “YES”, should one therefore wonder the strength of the umbrella body in handling matters concerning relationship and association, or is it more succinct to put it that the focus of the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria is far from caring for her members?
As this once prolific actor joins his colleagues like Justice Esiri, Enebeli Elebuwa, Sam Loco Efe, Ashley Nwosu, Pete Eneh and a host of other veteran actors who have relocated their make-believe acts to the great beyond, shouldn’t this serve as an opportunity for colleagues in the acting profession to be more caring? Who knows whether a simple phone call would have kept late Peter Bunor alive to this day?
Very soon, mention will be made of candle processions and all rhapsodic encomiums will flow from the lips of the actors who were either his colleagues or those he directly mentored at one time or the other when he was alive.
Should this always come when the recipient is far gone to appreciate? This is food for thought.