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'Please Help! I’m Dying' -- Popular Yoruba Actress, Omotunde Ogundimu Cries Out!

For some time now, popular
Yoruba actress, Omotunde
Ogundimu, has been off the
movie scene. But if you think
she has found another
passion, then, you are wrong.

At the moment, the mother
of three is battling a
debilitating ailment that has
since removed the shine from
her acting career. In this
interview with
TheNationOnlineNg, she
ventilates her pains and hope,
among other issues.

You seldom appear in
movies these days. So, what
really is responsible for

I have been ill.

So, how do you feel now?

I am still very weak. I was at
the clinic and the doctor
revealed that, even if I have
the money readily available, I
can’t undergo the surgery
now because I have lost so
much blood. So, I was given
some drugs to help boost the
blood back to the level it
should be.

Which hospital is that?

It is called Beachland
Specialist Hospital in Arepo,
Ibafo, Ogun State.

What is the nature of the

My period comes like 10 to15
days; then, it will stop and
come again. I menstruate
twice in a month. I noticed it
last year before my husband
passed away. Anytime we had
intercourse, I would always
bleed. I took it for something
else, so I didn’t really pay
attention to it. But when he
became sick and we couldn’t
have intercourse any more, it
(the bleeding) stopped. Then,
I didn’t have time to study it
at that period too.

But what I noticed is that my
menstrual circle changed, so I
would menstruate twice in a
month with very heavy flow.
So, at that time, I just felt it
was one of the signs of
menopause because I am way
above 40. But last year, I had
to go to the hospital to
complain and the doctor said
I had fibroid, even before the
tests and scan were
conducted. When the scan
was done, it was discovered
that the fibroid was fully
grown in my womb.

You said during the period
your husband was sick, you
were not having
intercourse. But were you
having the heavy flow at
that time?

Then, it was normal. But the
only time it became abnormal
was when we had intercourse,
so I thought I was
approaching my period.

What do you think is
exactly wrong with you?
Don’t you think it might be
a spiritual problem?

No; I don’t think so. You can
only say something is spiritual
when you don’t get a solution
to your problem. But in my
own case, I have been able to
find out what the problem is
and the remedy. Every
woman has fibroid, but it is
only when it is overgrown that
it becomes a problem that
needs to be attended to.
When it started, I had people
who shared their own
experiences with me and I was
directed to the hospital.

So, how have you been
coping, financially?

Well, I am presently in Ibafo,
Ogun State, which is close to
my home town. When my
husband passed away, my
family asked me to come back
home, so as not to be left
alone in Lagos, where I don’t
have anybody. So, I came
home and rented an
apartment. But my children
are in one of the boarding
schools in Lagos. I didn’t want
to change their school.
Whenever they are on
vacation, they come here and
we spend time together.
Sending them to one of the
best schools in Lagos is part
of my huge financial
commitments. But I am glad
that I can do that for them
because I want them to have
the kind of education that I
didn’t have.

With your state of health,
you definitely need some
help. Is anyone living with

Some of my siblings do come
over to help. But most of
them are married and I
cannot force them to come
and stay with me. So,
whenever they volunteer to
come, I am always glad to
have them around. If not that
it went online, nobody knew I
was sick. I am a very quite

Why did you have to make
the ailment hidden for this
long without going public
with it?

I am just a private person and
I just felt I could raise the
money and go for the surgery
before anybody could know
that I was sick.

I don’t go to functions
anymore because of the state
of my body now-I am so lean.

Nobody will see me without
asking what is wrong with me.
Even the last time I was on
location, many of my
colleagues felt I was dieting
and they complained that it
was too serious.

As a crossover actress and
one who is popular in both
the Yoruba and English
sectors of Nollywood, one
would expect that you would
have a lot of people coming
around you.

As I said, the news just got
online some days ago and I
have been receiving calls from
every one of them, promising
to do something in any way
they can. Most of them didn’t
know I was sick and the news
going online has drawn their
attention to my plight. I also
got a call from the AGN
president, Ibinabo Fiberesima,
asking me to send my details
and home address; she
promised that they will visit

How much do you need to
undergo the surgery?
Are you sure the N500, 000
you are requesting for is
just for the operation?

I pray the money will be
enough. The actual money for
the surgery is N350, 000. But I
just feel I’ll need some money
for my upkeep till I am able
to stand on my feet and get
back to work. That is the
reason I summed up the
whole money to N500, 000.

But do you think you need
as much as that to undergo
a fibroid operation?

Yes, that is true. But it is a
private hospital and for
someone like me to come out
and say I need N350, 000,
people will say I should be
able to afford such an
amount of money because I
am an actress. But people do
not know what I have been
doing all the while. I have
single-handedly been training
my three kids and I have been
struggling to ensure they go
to the higher institution, which
I did not attend.

Also, the treatment and drugs
that I have been taking have
cost me a lot of money. Right
now, I don’t have any other
business I am doing apart
from my acting career. I was
hoping I would be able to
save some money and set up
a business. But all that is on
hold now.

Does that mean your in-
laws were not in support of
the union?

The circumstances that
surrounded my husband’s
death are best known to
them. He was married to five
wives and he died at the age
of 41. After his death, they
sold one of his property in
Abeokuta and shared the
money among us his wives
and gave a whole building to
my children. After that, no
calls to even ask about the
welfare of their children.

What is your position
among the wives?

I am the second wife.
Didn’t you know he was

I never intended to go into
the marriage. But sometimes
in life, some things take place
that you do not plan. You
know when you are in love
with a man, you believe
everything he tells you. When
we were courting, he only
told me he had someone that
bore him a child. When I was
pregnant with my first child,
he took me home to meet his
father, who asked me if he
had told me about my senior
(the first wife); so, that was
when I knew.

I didn’t understand what he
was saying until he told me
that the man I wanted to get
married to already had a wife
and a child living with him. I
left and told him I was going
for abortion. But he went to
my mum in Ibafo to inform
her about my decision and
she came down with him to
Iyana Ipaja that same day to
plead with me. He knew I am
the only child of my mother
and that she was already
looking forward to having
grandchildren. That was how I
found myself in a polygamous
home. And then, I was
working as a clearing and
forward agency at NAHCO,
Ikeja, Lagos. I had my own
apartment, so he was always
at my place. But he was a
lovely man and a good man.
He took care of me. But you
know, when there are so
many women involved, it is a
different story.

Is it that you do not have
friends in the industry
because you said none has
paid you a visit?

(Laughs) That was before! You
know, it is said that no matter
the multitude, there will
always be a disagreement. But
at the moment, I am not
fighting anybody. So, I have
been receiving calls and
prayers from most of them,
promising to come and pay
me a visit. Most of them
didn’t know I was sick. As I
said, I am a very private

We have had cases of stars
seeking help from the
public. So, is it that you
people do not save for the
rainy days?

I understand what you are
saying. But in my own case, I
have been managing on my
own all the while without
asking anybody for assistance.

But the truth of the matter is
that the money we are paid
here is nothing to write home
about. It is all about helping
your colleague, when he or
she wants to shoot a movie.
So, it is whatever the person
has that you will collect. All
the stories they tell about
some people collecting N600,
000 for a roles are lies.

But most of you live
flamboyantly; so, where do
they get the money from?
I don’t know o! I only know
about myself, my sister. Yes,
some of them earn well and
are into other businesses. As I
said earlier, if I get back on
my feet and start working, I
will get something else doing
aside my acting career. Some
make money from the movies
they produce, especially if the
movies sell well.

Having been in the industry
for over a decade now,
what can you say about
your experience as a

I have done three movies:

Temidun, Origun Meta and
Abiamo honeypot. I would
have produced another one,
but I don’t want to produce
any movie that will be below
the name and standard that I
have been able to build for
myself over the years. But my
first three were hits in the
market. That was when
movies still had values. What
we have now are marketers
who always complain about
low sales.

And I can proudly say I was
able to make good use of the
proceeds from those movies. I
opened a wholesale wine
shop, but that is history now
because that was where I was
collecting money when my
husband fell sick. And you
know how business is, once
you don’t add more to it, it
will collapse.

I learnt Tope Alabi brought
you into the movie industry.
Why have you not sought
her assistance?

We were in the dance group,
Sunny Wonders Performing
Group, before she left. We
were into dramas and stage
plays. But after a while, we
met again and I stayed with
her at her parents’ home,
which was not far from my
uncle’s house where I was
living then. But when we met,
she started telling me about
finding my way into the
Yoruba movie industry,
instead of wasting my time
with the group that promised
to take us abroad to perform.

That was how she introduced
me to Alade Aromire Group.

But I don’t have her contact
and that is the reason I have
not been able to reach her
for assistance.

I am someone who does not
like to bother people.
Sometimes, when you expect
help from a particular person,
you might end up being
disappointed. And at the end
of the day, you will feel bad.

That is the reason I don’t like
telling people about what is
happening to me. I am a
fighter, if not for the fact that
Mr. Idris Bello of
Shybellmedia got in touch
with me and asked what was
wrong. I told him I was sick
and he came visiting the next

When he saw me, he told me
not to keep mute on the
issue. He said I should let
people know about my state
of health, stressing that those
who would come to my aid
will do and those who will
talk will talk. I told him they
would say, ‘Is she not an
actress? Why wouldn’t she be
able to afford such an
amount? And he told me that
I have my life to live.

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