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Photos: Another Nollywood Actor, Prince James Uche Battling Kidney Failure, Heart Disease & Diabetes Abandoned By AGN

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Jan 31, 2015 – Pictures: Another Nigerian Actor, Prince James Uche Battling Kidney Failure, Heart Disease & Diabetes Abandoned By AGN & Family Members

Less than one month after the death of Muna Obiekwe, CHUX OHAI of epunch visits seasoned actor, James Uche, who has been battling so many diseases since 2007

Unknown to many movie fans and fellow Nollywood practitioners, a former Vice President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria and seasoned actor, Prince James Uche, is still struggling to survive a strange illness that has kept him off the screen for eight years ago.

To make matters worse, Uche’s landlord has just served him a notice, ordering him to quit his residence at 45, Yetunde Brown Street, Gbagada, Lagos.

The ailing actor, who now spends most of his time in the premises of a Catholic church near his residence, in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, recounted how he found himself in his present condition.

He said, “All I can remember is that something struck me on the left side of my face about eight years ago, when I was heading for the burial ceremony of Pete Edochie’s mother at Nteje in Anambra State. I had no idea what hit me in the face, but it happened when I arrived at the junction leading to the town.

“I got to the venue of the ceremony and stayed in the town for two days. On the third day, I suddenly found that I could no longer move my body freely. Although I barely managed to get up on my feet, I could not climb up the staircase.

“I had to wait till the following Sunday before deciding to leave for Lagos. But my friend, Edoche, persuaded me to follow him to Enugu where he lived at the time. I slept in Enugu on that day. In the morning I went for treatment in a hospital.

“After the doctor had finished examining me, he stared at me with his mouth half open in shock for a long time. When I asked what was wrong, he said I should have been dead. He took my pulse again and then, sweating, said my blood pressure was abnormally high. He said it had risen up to 300 and it was a miracle that I was still alive.”

The doctor also told the actor that, judging by his blood pressure, he should have been dead or paralysed. That was how Uche initially discovered that he had a heart problem.

Although the doctor in the Enugu hospital prescribed a certain drug for his illness and instructed to take it for the rest of his life, Uche had thought it was nothing to worry about and he hoped to recover quickly.

Unfortunately, eight years after, the actor, whose career has been seriously affected by the ailment, is still battling for his life. Apart from spending all his life savings on hospital bills and drugs, the illness has cost him his marriage. In fact, E PUNCH gathered that at a point, Uche’s wife was forced to leave their matrimonial home because she could no longer cope with the burden of taking care of him and their three children.

Uche’s case has progressively declined over the past years. Apart from suffering an undefined heart disease, he is gradually losing his memory and sight (he could barely glimpse our correspondent).

Also, to compound the actor’s problem, his kidneys no longer function properly. With financial assistance from members of his church – Our Lady the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gbagada, Lagos – he was able to undergo five dialyses in 2013. Yet, it is feared that the kidneys may pack up due to inadequate medical attention.

Apart from looking quite emaciated, Uche’s speech is slurred and most of the time, incoherent. Some members of the Society of St. Vincent of Paul in his church were moved by his plight to care for him three years after his wife left with their three sons.

A female member of the Society told E-PUNCH that other relatives of the ailing actor had virtually abandoned him to his fate.

She said, “James Uche’s family has not helped his situation at all. Maybe, if they had been around him, his health would not have deteriorated this bad. When his wife took the children and left, he was all alone in their residence. Nobody visited him. None of his relations, colleagues or friends visited him or volunteered to give him his drugs until members of the Society of St. Vincent the Paul decided to care for him.”

Describing his present condition, she confirmed that the actor’s blood pressure had been consistently high, noting that at a point, some kind-hearted people picked him up and took him to the General Hospital, Gbagada where he was admitted in the intensive unit for some time and made to undergo a number of medical tests.

The lady continued, “The bottom line is that other things came up. His kidney was seriously affected and he had to undergo five dialyses in March, 2014. From what we have seen, he is also afflicted with diabetes. This is why he has been placed under a strict diet. He doesn’t just eat anything. His eyes are so impaired now that he could barely see objects. We have even taken him to St. Mary’s Hospital in Ago Iwoye, Ogun State. As it is, everything is related to high blood pressure. The ailment has seriously affected the organs in his body, especially the kidneys.”

We also learnt that members of the Society made an effort to contact the Abia State Government, through the representative of the Item Constituency in the House of Assembly, for assistance to the actor. But they said the person did not get back to them.

Sometime last year, word reached the Actors Guild of Nigeria that Uche was still seriously ill. A delegation was sent to visit him in his home. He was subsequently taken another hospital in the Gbagada area of Lagos for treatment and placed on health insurance, which gave him access to free drugs. Ever since, the AGN has done anything else to assist him.

[Reported By Chuks Ohai, Epunch]

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Dotun KY

    January 31, 2015 at 4:57 AM

    Why kindey failure all hte time. These diseases is suspicious in nature

  2. Loveth Chukwu

    January 31, 2015 at 5:15 AM

    if dis one dies nollywood should be scrapped

  3. ad

    January 31, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    i have always said this that nollywood should come together to form a welfare system for their members, where all nollywood actors would come together, open an account where all are a signtary, get a solicitor and a top medical national to draft a medical insurance scheme where everyone is educated about the content of the associations, insurance and medical bill, giving them a choice to become a member, everyone contributes to it depending on what category of grade one can afford… E.G. BRONZE..SILVER, GOLD OR PREMIUM… you pay according to the category you signed for, and according to the grade, that’s how you get help and assistant at the time of medical illness and need,…. INSTEAD THEY ARE BUSY SUPPORTING AND CAMPAIGNING FOR POLITICIANS ALL BECAUSE OF INDIVIDUAL SELFISHNESS AND GREED… this man is dying no one can help him, where are all the so called money bags in Nigeria, where is IBINABO

  4. Festus

    January 31, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Pls u people should take this man to scoan pls. It will get better I promise u people’s but I know God is the hila but u people should try and see.

  5. Prince Eyito

    January 31, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Our operating systems in all professions are bad in this nation. We need to buckle up and save our future. I feel for Prince Uche.

  6. Susan

    January 31, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    Wen my best actor muna died u guys said u were not aware ok fine wat of uncle uche that u were told about his illness? Hmm pls o wat is the use of the agn body if not 2 help it member at a time like this pls o madam agn president u guys should do something pls don’t allow this great man 2 die just like that pls

  7. Metu Nyetu

    January 31, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    I stil dnt undastnd wat AGN is all about. U reach out 2dem & they abandon u. U fail 2 reach out & they label u a mysterious recluse.

    Nollywood is blesd wit many hypocrites. Finding true luv hardly exists wit dem. All they k 4 is 4n & easy living. Jst look wen dis man needs his wife most, she abandons him! It’s so painfl.

    Dnt die, man! Be strong!

  8. bezo

    January 31, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    useless bunch of useless nollywood people ..they can not help him…only to show off with stupid wealth

  9. Okoro JC

    January 31, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Ant thinks acordin2 its brain @Loveth n co. So d AGN should take d FULL responsibility of every ailing actor/actress? Uc some ppl jst wanna giv d dog a bad name in oda to hang it. Did d agn constitution stipulate dt d association should tk full charge if a member falls ill? This z one of d questions we should b asking ourselves b4 condemning d AGN n Ibinabo. Afterall we dnt kno wch actor/actress in a member n wch z nt. On the other hand, i think dse actors re jst okanmanama”, making noise on screen n media, living high life witout savings. They should stop making noise n start saving 4un4seen circumstances like ds, also good r/ship wit families n coliks z very important. Am yet to c any organization dt tks full responsibility 4every sick member. Indd, agn can solicit fund in such cases bt cant take full responsibility. Don’t hav families?

  10. ad

    January 31, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    where is his friend pete edochie, he followed to enugu where he met his predicament

  11. UWA

    January 31, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Isn’t time and overdue, that people of great talents who spend their days making everyone happy, have assistance when they are down, it is so very shameful, when one reads such stories have always said this that Nollywood should come together to form a welfare system for their members, where all Nollywood actors would come together, open an account where all are a signatories, money would not be available for anyone in the group to steal without thorough investigation and consent of all members, rather you see them in fancy clothes, 1000,000 human hair , posh cars and houses, its well time they all get their act together, get a solicitor and a top medical national to draft a medical insurance scheme where everyone is educated about the content of the associations, insurance and medical bill, giving them a choice to become a member, everyone contributes to it depending on what category of grade one can afford… E.G. BRONZE..SILVER, GOLD OR PREMIUM… you pay according to the category you signed for, and according to the grade, that’s how you get help and assistant at the time of medical illness and need,…. INSTEAD THEY ARE BUSY SUPPORTING AND CAMPAIGNING FOR POLITICIANS ALL BECAUSE OF INDIVIDUAL SELFISHNESS AND GREED… this man is dying no one can help him, where are all the so called money bags in Nigeria, where is IBINABO

  12. jideofor

    January 31, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    you see for eight good years, this man have been sick, no body care…… all they care is campaign , when he die, they will tell us he die of arcoholic …..

  13. Sade

    January 31, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Useless people instead of them to help their colleagues they are all campaign for the election.If this man dies all of you will be in shame.

  14. cliff Saviour

    January 31, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    What is happening in the, earnestly something is wrong some where, may the Lord have Mercy.

  15. olomu ufuoma blessing

    January 31, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Pls AGA pls u people should try $ help mr James uche

  16. susan

    January 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Wen my best actor died u guys said u were not aware ok fine now u guys are aware of this one now pls don’t allow this great man 2 die uncle uche the lord is wuth u u will be well again in JESUS name pls AGN should do something

  17. Egharevba, sylvester

    January 31, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    The executive and members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria should be ashamed of themselves. They claim to have gotten so much support from the government, yet they can’t help their dying members.

  18. Akuwax & Jane B in Mongu, Barotseland / Zambia.

    January 31, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    This time around Nollywood should make sure that this one is given extra care that will lead to his recovery. Failure to that then you are all satanist, blood suckers as well as demons.

  19. Grace

    January 31, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Hey you there please run to a strong man of God. Yes it can be heart problem at same time something else. This story is too boring to read when there are men of God out there who can heal you.

    Ok is it because you do not believe in them or what? My dear bros take action now before is too late.

    Check your diet weaken immune system can also result to different diseases.

  20. Amanda

    January 31, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    This is some serious complications. With diabetes in the way, it makes things really stuffed up. I said this before and will say it again. Why cant nigerian govt set up healthcare insurance system so that sick people dont have to spend all their life savings just like that.

    These top people go abroad. They see how medicare and medicaid operate. And if nigerian govt cant do it, why not organizations work together in each state?. Why so difficult to do this?

    I am afraid this man is not going to make it. This is not my wish but reasonably factual. Anyone in medical know how serous his situation is. We talking about at least for deadly diseases.

  21. Rudo

    February 1, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    I am a follower of Naija gist.
    Each and every time an article is posted there is this human being named Bezo always making inhuman comments.

    What’s your problem Bezo? Who force u on this page.
    We don’t want u.

  22. Uchenna O

    February 2, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    The sickness is not ordinary sickness, what he needed is a strong man of God that will deliver him from satanic manipulation, PLEASE LET HIS FRIENDS TAKE HIM TO THE LORD’S CHOSEN AT IJESHA BUS-STOP SO THAT HE CAN REGAIN HIMSELF, am talking from experience.

  23. green

    April 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    nolywood plz u guys should try 4 him BT his wife even if is much remember 4 better 4 worst when ur children u r running 2 help do u ur own don’t cry cos fela said one thing in his song”if u do me I do u man no go vex” anybody can help him even if it is prayer support God will help him BT if I done reach him turn God will take control

  24. aka saheed oladele omoleye

    August 15, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    TAKE THIS MAN TO SCOAN PLEASE.I SAHEED PROMISED YOU IT WILL BE OVER ,IT IS JUST A TOUCH AND THAT IS ALL.

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