Veteran comic actor, Kayode Odumosu, better addressed as Pa Kasumu, has bounced back to acting, months after he was cut off from the profession on account of his heart-related disease which almost sent him to the great beyond.
He told ENCOMIUM Weekly on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in a phone interview that he has almost regained his health. “I can now walk better, see better. I can even perform my conjugal duty as a man”, he said.
The Odogbolu, Ogun – born film maker also spoke on other issues, including his new abode in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
What’s the latest about your health situation now?
I give God the glory. I am much more better now. Although I am still undergoing physiotherapy, it’s not as frequent as it used to be when I started. Now, I walk better. I thank God for His mercies and protection.
Are you enjoying your Abeokuta, Ogun abode?
Yes, of course. You can’t compare the environment here with my former area in Lagos. Everywhere is cool. The atmosphere here is very condusive. I give God the glory.
The last time we had a chat with you about the house, you said you’re yet to complete to taste. How far have you gone about it now?
I give God the glory, everything has been completed.
Including the borehole?
Yes, I have water running every day. I am living better here. I will continue to appreciate all those who stood by me to this time. God will continue to bless them.
Are you still getting assistance from the public?
No, there is nothing like that again.
How do you cope?
My first born has taken up all the responsibilities. He is really trying.
You said you’re walking better now, what of your sight? Have you regained that fully?
It’s not fully clear yet, but it’s better. I can see better now. I walk around without being guided by anybody.
What of your memory?
I thank God about that, it’s been fully regained.
In 2014, you said you would travel to India for intensive medicare. Have you done that?
Yes, I travelled to India in November 2014. They told me my coming there that time was only for evaluation and that I would still have to check back in three or four mouths.
Have you done that since November last year?
No, I haven’t travelled to India again.
Not that I didn’t want to go. When it was time to go for proper treatment but I couldn’t find my international passport and that of the person accompanying me. It’s a mystery to me. I couldn’t just understand how it all happened. But now, I am planning to go for another one.
Any time that’s done and I have the money, I will still go back to India. I want my health restored fully so that I can be active as before.
On a lighter mood sir, can you ‘perform’ as a man now?
Yes, of course. I have also regained my health in that aspect.
Have you confirmed that by practice?
No, I am yet to be doing anything of such. Besides, not until I sleep with a woman that I can confirm I can perform. I know my body and I understand its system. So, I understand when I am agile and when I am not. I know what I can do and what I can’t do.
So, you never tested that with any woman at all?
I am not adulterous. I keep to my wife alone. I don’t know of any woman but my wife.
Okay sir, what of your wife?
Let me tell you, that’s even not my priority for now. Besides, my wife doesn’t stay with me here in Abeokuta. She still lives in Lagos.
That’s where she works. She only visits me once in a while. Just like I told you, I know my body, I can study it and understand how it functions. So, it’s not compulsory I make love before I confirm how strong I am in that aspect.
We learnt you have started acting again, how has it been since you started?
It’s okay, but I have done just only one English film.
How did you feel when you’re on the set of the film?
It’s not as it used to be. You should understand that the Pa Kasumu in me can’t just bounce back at once. It’s a gradual thing. But in all, I thank God for keeping me alive.
Have you been invited to location by any of your colleagues in the Yoruba movie genre?
Nothing like that has happened till now. I am still expecting that to happen.
Are they aware you’re back?
I believe they should know but nobody has invited me for any job now. If I am invited, I will definitely honour the invitation.
Don’t you think that may be too stressful for you?
I don’t think so. But just as I have said, it’s a gradual thing. I will surely try my best, but scripts are not coming in yet.
Going by what you went through when the ailment was at its peak and now that the breeze of hope is here, are you going back to continue what you know how to do best has blown. How does that make you feel?
In fact, I am the happiest person right now. I am so grateful to God about that. I never envisaged I could be this better again.