Businessman and former chairman of Forte Oil PLC, Femi Otedola, has explained why he undertook to pay medical bill of veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba.
Otedola said he heard about Daba’s health condition when it was brought to his attention through an online news story he read a few days ago.
The philanthropist said he was saddened to hear that Daba had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer two years ago.
He said: “From the news report, I gathered that he was rushed to the Emergency Unit of LUTH after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“I must say that even though I don’t know Mr. Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up.
“I was moved by a sense of nostalgia and concern when I read of his medical situation recently and decided to take over his medical bills. He has been visited and arrangements are being made to support him.”
Otedola said that in other climes, the likes of Daba and other such actors who more or less paved the way for the entertainment industry and the Nollywood industry in Nigeria, touted as the third largest movie industry in the world, would be celebrated as icons and due recognition would be accorded to them.
He added: “For me, taking care of Sadiq’s medical expenses is my little way of showing appreciation and gratitude for the good memories he created for me and others in the past.”