BY ADEOLA AKINSEMOYIN
Popular comedian and actor Julius Agwu, the pioneer of Crack Ya Ribs comedy show, is eternally grateful to his maker for helping him survive a life threatening ailment. The comedian narrated his ordeal to YES INTERNATIONAL magazine when they visited him. He talked about how the illness started, his dear wife’s support and his recovery.
According to the report, he couldn’t say specifically when and how it started. But all he could recollect was that at some point, he went on and on losing serious weight. Some concerned ones started proffering solutions, both medically and spiritually, while others resorted to murmuring and gossiping.
According to Yes!, “It went on and on until sometime in May when he had a seizure at home and while his wife, Ibiere, whom he lavished with so much thanks all through our stay for her love, care, understanding and support, battled to halt that, he ran out of breath. Almost lifeless. And with the likely consequences staring her in the face, Ibiere got their maid and the security man to assist her in getting him into one of their cars. And from there, they practically sprinted to their hospital in Lekki.“
“Thank God the doctor was on call. He battled for hours with his team to ‘bring him back to life again’. And upon stabilizing him, Julius and his wife immediately left for the United States of America. After a series of tests, two lumps were discovered in his brain! The lumps had been messing up his health and causing his incessant weight loss. Immediately, he was operated on for about 4 hours on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Park Plaza Hospital in Houston Texas, United States of America.“
The comedian who is preparing for the forthcoming 10 years anniversary of Crack Ya Ribs in London talked about how the thought of his wife and kids helped him to fight the illness. In his words, “Onyeoma, I no go lie to you, na dem I just dey think about. But like I said earlier, it’s God at work. I want to thank everybody who supported me in one way or the other. Those that were praying for me and all that. I’m planning a thanksgiving where I will still tell the full story. But for now, I just want to thank God and my wife. Onyeoma! My wife tried.“
“The day I had the seizure, she put her finger in my mouth and I bit it…All the vomit; the mess; she was the one brushing and bathing me on the bed and clearing and cleaning them. IB really, really tried for me,” he said.