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President Jonathan rescues ailing Nollywood stars

Chike Bryan

Chike Bryan

Help has finally come the way of ailing Nollywood practitioners as President Goodluck Jonathan makes funds available for their treatment abroad.

Disclosing this development to HVP, President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Ms. Ibinabo Fiberesima said, all arrangements have been concluded to fly the affected practitioners abroad for further treatment. She named ailing National President of the Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria (SWGN), Chike Bryan, Prince James Uche; and Romanus Uchenna Amuta, popularly known as Natty in the now rested TV drama, New Masquerade, as beneficiaries.

Bryan was diagnosed with kidney-related disease about a year ago, while Prince James Uche has been battling diabetes and hypertension that had left him almost bedridden for several years now. Also, Natty who is one of the few surviving cast of the once celebrated New Masquerade has been down with disability resulting from stroke.

According to AGN president, Chike Bryan would be flown to India immediately for kidney transplant. She presented cheque to him last week in the company of some of the Guild’s heads and practitioners. “Mr. President has released funds for the treatment of ailing Nollywood practitioners including Chike Bryan, Prince James Uche, Natty, and one Enugu-based actor who reportedly underwent a surgical operation,” Ibinabo disclosed.

It would be recalled that last week, HVP reported how actress Franca Brown lamented the indifferent attitude displayed by Bryan’s relatives towards his health condition. Chike Bryan is a celebrated script writer and president of SWGN.

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