Sadiq Abubakar Daba, known simply as Sadiq Daba (1951/2 – 3 March 2021)[1] was a Nigerian actor and broadcaster.[2] In 2015, he won Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as "Inspector Waziri" in October 1.[3][4]


He had his secondary education at St. Edward's Secondary School. He got higher degrees in many institutions including Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.[5]


Daba has worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority. His acting career came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn.[6]

In 2018 he was given the title “Garkuwan Nollywood,” (when translated from Hausa language it means "Shield of Nollywood" by the stakeholders in the industry.[7]

Cancer diagnosis and deathEdit

Daba announced his diagnosis of leukemia and prostate cancer in 2017 and was supported with fundraising by several Nigerians including Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, Mabel Oboh.[8][9] On 3 February 2018, Daba joined Project Pink Blue to walk against cancer to commemorate World Cancer Day.[10][11][12] He died on 3 March 2021 at the Ayinke General hospital in Ikeja, Lagos.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sadiq Daba, veteran Nollywood actor and 'October 1st' star, dies at 69". Business Insider Africa. 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  2. ^ "5 things you should know about AMAA 2015 'Best Actor in A Leading Role' winner". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  3. ^ "I Got Emotional Receiving AMAA Award – Sadiq Daba". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b Olonilua, Ademola (3 March 2021). "Veteran actor Sadiq Daba is dead". The Punch. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Brief Profile/Biography Of Veteran Television broadcaster, Actor, Director & Producer Sadiq Daba". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  6. ^ "BON awards 2015: Sadiq Daba set to make another history". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Actor Sadiq Daba now "Garkuwan Nollywood"". Vanguard News (in American English). 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  8. ^ Augoye, Jayne (December 30, 2017). "Nollywood actor Sadiq Daba returns to Nigeria". Premium Times. Premium Times. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ Olowolagba, Fikayo (December 29, 2017). "Actor Sadiq Daba returns to Nigeria after surgery". Daily Post. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ OBIEJESI, KINGSLEY (February 3, 2018). "Nigerian doctors are magicians but govt must help them, says Sadiq Daba". ICIR. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  11. ^ "saves sadiq Daba project". 2018-03-20.
  12. ^ "Ex NTA staff sadia daba recuperating". 2020-03-20.