Some veteran Nollywood actors recently took to major streets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to raise funds for two of their colleagues who have been sick.
Prince James Uche » has has been down with kidney disease for over a year now while Romanus Amuta (aka
Natty ) is currently suffering form Stroke.
The rally which was organised by Ordinary Ahmed Isah, the President of Brekete Family, had the likes of Bruno Iwuoha, Steve Eboh (chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria – National Caretaker Committee), Tony Ezimadu, Onwurah Agility (Chairman, AGN, Abuja) in attendance.
Speaking with Pulse » , Mr Iwoha noted that the sum of N11 million » was needed for Mr Uche’s kidney transplant.
“Prince James has been on dialysis for over a year now. Ahmed Isa sent me to visit them in Lagos and Enugu. That was when the doctors told me that a whooping sum of N11M is needed for Prince Uche’s kidney transplant,” Iwuoha said.
When asked about the effort of other actors in the Nigerian movie industry towards this course, he said: “I don’t know the other Nollywood actors that you are talking about other than the faces that you are seeing here. Anybody that is not here today does not have the feeling of others at heart.
Some were here yesterday, others are yet to arrive while others will never come for this kind of activity. I don’t want to go into details or mention names,” he added.
Mr Eboh who lamented the industry’s poor communication system however called for financial support from government and good spirited Nigerians.
“Romanus has been down for long yet nothing has been done to help them. The country only appreciates us in the media but when it comes to assisting us when we need them, they don’t. I must admit that our communication system in terms of getting the news out about our sick colleagues is poor, but even when you do, little or nothing happens.
“Things are really hard now but we urge the government both federal and local to come to the aid of these talented Nigerians who have brought smiles, joy and laughter to us at one point or the other,” he said.
Pulse recalls that Uche was served with a notice of eviction » by his landlord over failure to pay his house rent.