Nigerian Billionaire, Femi Otedola has pledged to take over the treatment of veteran actor Sadiq Daba who has been struggling with cancer for a while now.
The Billionaire revealed this in a statement that he had just heard about it in a news story and had been touched.
Read the statement below
“I heard about Mr. Sadiq Daba’s health condition when it was brought to my attention through an online news story I read two days ago. I was saddened to hear that he had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer just two years ago.
“From the news report, I gathered that he was rushed to the Emergency unit of LUTH after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). I must say that even though I don’t know Mr. Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up.
“I was moved by a sense of nostalgia and concern when I read of his medical situation recently and decided to take over his medical bills. He has been visited and arrangements are being made to support him.
In other climes, the likes of Sadiq Daba and other such actors who more or less paved the way for the entertainment industry and the Nollywood industry in Nigeria (which is touted as the 3rd largest movie industry in the world) would be celebrated as Icons and due recognition would be accorded to them.
“For me, taking care of Sadiq’s medical expenses is my little way of showing appreciation and gratitude for the good memories he created for me and others in the past.”
This is an amazing gesture by Femi Otedola. As he pointed out in his statement, too often have we had veteran actors and actresses fall victim of ill health and are unable to take care of themselves.
Femi Otedola also took on the health expenses of former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu when the latter was diagnosed with prostate cancer.