-Colleagues promise succo
It’s surely not the best of times for veteran actor, Olumide Bakare as his health has degenerated. Not only that, he’s now hospitalized at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Oyo state where he’s receiving intensive medicare.
He was reportedly diagnosed of Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm and Pulmonary Embolism, a heart related ailment. And the treatment per day costs the Ijebu Ode, Ogun state born film maker N60,000 which we learnt has set him back financially.
“Olumide Bakare is not feeling fine at the moment. I learnt his health has really deteriorated. He’s now at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo state. He’s really in need of financial assistance now to help him get back on his feet,” an industry source disclosed.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s efforts to speak with Olumide Bakare from his hospital bed on Monday, February 8, 2016, proved abortive as he was said to be asleep. But one of his relations, Gbenga who picked our call confirmed that the popular theatre practitioner is still at the hospital receiving treatment contrary to the tale that he over blew his health condition in order to scam the public.
“Yes, Olumide Bakare is down. We’re at UCH now, precisely at South East 3 Ward. I am sorry you can’t speak with him now. He’s resting and can’t be allowed to talk to anybody now. But if you really love him and you want to see him, you can come to UCH and visit him. But as the situation is now, I can tell you, he is responding to treatment.”
On the social media report that the ailing actor is soliciting financial support from the public, he reacted, “Nobody sent anybody to post anything of such. But the truth is that Baba is here at UCH where he’s being treated.”
Reacting on the health situation of the famous entertainer, one of his colleagues and President of The Golden Movie Ambassadors of Nigeria (TGMAN), Saidi Balogun promised that his association will try to ensure Bakare gets back on his feet soon, while he also enjoined all industry stakeholders to rally support for the embattled actor.
“We’re aware that Uncle Olumide Bakare is seriously ill at the moment and he’s receiving treatment at UCH. We’re not folding our arms on the issue. We will all see what we can do to ensure he’s back on stage to continue doing what he knows how to do best.
“I’m not in Nigeria right now, but very soon I will be back and by the special grace of God, we will work something out to support him.”
Speaking in the same vain, President of Theatre And Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Dele Odule said, “I am aware Olumide Bakare is ill and I learnt he’s now at UCH. But I have not visited him to know the details of his ailment. It’s when I confirm the details that I will tell you what we can do as an association. But we will surely do something to enable him regain his health. I wish him quick recovery.”
Meanwhile, months back when ENCOMIUM Weeky had a chat with Olumide Bakare on his health situation, he confirmed it to be stable. But he admitted indulging in alcohol and womanixing which aggravated his health.