+ Raises N5.3m so far for health maintenance, Needs N6.7m more
THE career of veteran thespian, Kayode Odumosu, otherwise known as Pa Kasumu, 60, which spanned about four decades has only earned him fame, without fortune. This is attested to not only by his present health condition but the appalling state of his house on Alayaki Street, Mushin, Lagos.
The actor’s abode is nothing to write home about, despite his enormous popularity. Aside the poor aesthetics of the building, it’s also too congested for the status of the respected film maker.
The ailing theatre practitioner who still lives in a rented apartment, a room and parlour with separate kitchen and convenience, we learnt, has lived in the place for years. However, we also learnt he was planning to move out of the old structure after completing his own house somewhere in Ikorodu, Lagos. But the dream was shattered by his protracted illness, which resulted in selling all his property including the said uncompleted building. All in a bid to regain his health.
Pa Kasumu, who spoke to ENCOMIUM Weekly recently also lamented his continued stay in that environment. According to him, it is too noisy and congested which has also contributed to his deteriorating health.
When asked if he is still contemplating relocating to another place, he said, “Yes, I wish help would come to me for that as well. If I can be relocated from this place, I will be very happy because there is always too much noise all over here, from the little children, mosques, churches and other sources. It has not been easy coping with the situation. It’s a terrible thing. I don’t want to continue that way.”
However, ENCOMIUM Weekly contacted Pa Kasumu’s spokesperson, Mrs. Idowu Olajide on the development concerning the N12m target for the sick role interpreter, on Friday, November 1, 2013, and she explained, “We are still on the same spot we were as at last week. After the N1.5m and N2m donations from Governors Fashola and Amosun respectively, no one has given us anything again. And our target is N12m. we have only realized about N5.3m. Now, we still need about N6.7m.
“Like I said, Pa Kasumu will still need to travel abroad for intensive medicare. Also, there is need to relocate him from the noisy environment of Mushin so that our efforts won’t end up in futility. And we have been told, the ailment requires thorough management and that requires huge amount. That’s why we’re still crying for more support from the public. We have written to other governors, including Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. But we’re yet to get any feedback from them. I believe by God’s grace, Pa Kasumu will be back on his feet.”
– TADE ASIFAT