– Due to return in November
AILING veteran music producer, OJB Jezreel (Babatunde Okungbowa) has finally undergone a kidney surgery after spending two months in India.
A family source, who pleaded to be unnamed, told ENCOMIUM Weekly that the kidney transplant OJB had in a medical facility in India was amazingly successful. We were further informed that the popular artiste, who appealed for funds since June to go for surgery to replace his diseased kidneys, is recuperating well and may return to his family of eight children next month.
“We are in touch with him and his wife, Mama J. We have not heard any negative report so far. To God be the glory. We are sure he would return soon”, the family source enthused.
Still under close medical observation, OJB would be living on a donor’s kidney for the rest of his life. We were also reliably informed that he has been adequately counseled on the need to adjust to his new life as it wouldn’t be business as usual for him, anymore.
There were fears initially that the surgery OJB said he needed in a matter of eight weeks as at June, had dragged for months, despite availability of funds that far surpassed his need. Especially when he had spent over one month in Ghandi’s country before the kidney transplant. (OJB officially made over N26m from the public whereas he needed less than N15 million for the transplant and general upkeep.)
But feelers emerging from India now, has it that the creative producer behind 2Face Idibia’s iconic African Queen and some of the earliest beats and lyrics that shaped the Nigerian music industry in the 90s, has finally had a successful surgery. OJB is expected back in November.
Meanwhile, his colleagues and stakeholders in the music industry have been wishing him well and praying for his quick recovery.
In a phone chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Sunday, October 27, PMAN Interim President, Kelvin Luciano Gabriels thanked God Almighty for healing OJB. “God is OJB’s strength. I feel for him because he has gone through a lot. May God see him through.”
In his own reaction, chairman, Five Star Record, Emeka Okonkwo (E-Money) also hailed the ace music producer for his courage and strength in the face of pains. He said the good Lord, who has been with him from day one down to the surgery, will surely see him through.
We also reached out to pop star, Iyanya and MD/CEO of Tripple MG, Ubi Franklin. And their expectations were that OJB would soon return from his medical trip to continue his work. “We still need him in the industry,” Iyanya and Ubi, who made a N1 million donation when OJB badly needed funds, said.
“Oh, my God. He has done the kidney transplant? God is with him,” highlife crooner, Ugo Stevenson sent in to ENCOMIUM Weekly from his Owerri, Imo State base, wishing OJB speedy recovery.
Also in an exclusive chat with us, chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, said he is elated that OJB is free at last. “I’m sure the young man has gone through a lot. And our prayer here at COSON is that God will see him through.”
Similarly, the National President of Movie Reporters Guild of Nigeria (MOGON), Azuh Amatus has commended Nigerians for rallying behind OJB to save his life. In a statement in Lagos, the multiple-award winning journalist and Editor of Entertainment Express/Sunday Express, equally prayed God to heal the ailing artiste.
OJB left our shores on Friday, August 24, 2013 to India for kidney surgery.
– UCHE OLEHI