Philanthropist, Femi Otedola to take over veteran actor, Sadiq Daba’s medical bills
The veteran actor, Sadiq Daba, travelled to the United Kingdom for the treatment of prostate cancer and leukaemia back in 2017 and has recently been admitted into the Lagos State Teaching Hospital for a condition those close to him described as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In a statement released yesterday, Mr Femi Otedola disclosed that he will be taking care of the medical bills of the ‘cock crow at dawn’ star. Stating that the likes of Sadiq Daba paved the way for the Nollywood industry today and supporting him is his own way of appreciating the wonderful memories the actor gave him.
You may recall that Femi Otedola recently took care of the medical bills of former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, to the tune of about $100,000.
Below is Femi Otedola’s statement about the issue.
“I heard about Mr. Sadiq Daba’s health condition when it was brought to my attention through an online news story I read two days ago. I was saddened to hear that he had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer just two years ago.
“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.
In other climes, the likes of Sadiq Daba and other such actors who more or less paved the way for the entertainment industry and the Nollywood industry in Nigeria (which is touted as the 3rd largest movie industry in the world) would be celebrated as Icons and due recognition would be accorded to them.
“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.”