BY ESE DIBEBI
Following the tragic deaths of Arakangudu, Michael Odiachi, Festus Aguebor in the space of about two weeks, Nollywood actor, Olusegun Kehinde Olayinka Aderemi, popularly known as Chief Karan has called for the society to look after Nollywood practitioners while they were still alive rather than giving them “befitting burials.”
The actor was speaking in Abeokuta said that the way artists are treated in Nigeria is bad. He said that despite the fact that most times when actors play the role of rich people, they are usually quite broke.
According to Vanguard, Chief Karan said, “It was a bad experience the days armed robbers came to my house about four times that I should bring the money that I do keep at home whereas I don’t have any money at home. Or the day that my building and office got burnt at Fadeyi. Or the day that my four cars got burnt in the night, or the days area boys, I don’t want to call them area boys, will ask you to drop something and if you don’t answer them they will throw something at you. Or the day I lost my woman, and there was nobody to write me a letter of condolence or even say we are sorry apart from my colleagues.”
The actor continued, “I want to give kudos to people that passed through three, four, five decades in this industry. Our Federal and state governments have never for once appreciated the efforts of actors and actresses in this country. And I can say that if you ever see an actor that is buying land at Lekki or Ikoyi and also has seven to eight cars, I can tell you categorically that he is not into acting only. John Ayode died like a pauper, he died like a cockroach, Ayode was a man that we called Garba in Village Headmaster. The man worked so much but you will see him walking in the street on foot and no one came to his aid, the man was sick at the hospital, and there was nobody to pay his bill and the man died like a cockroach.”
He further spoke about Bekky Nusa, Olumide Bakare and Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala).
“Baba Sala that made the people laugh and happy in the 90s was sick and was rushed from Ilesa to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. He could not afford the hospital bill, but luckily for him, the head of medical personnel saw him and did not take a kobo from him. Neither the Federal government nor anybody did anything for him.”