Movie fans are criticising Yoruba film actors and actresses over what they described as abandonment of their sick colleague, Babtunde Omidina a.k.a Baba Suwe and donating money to poliicians for the forthcoming general elections.
The news of Baba Suwe’s failing health went viral early this week.
Actor Yomi Fabiyi had accused his colleagues in the industry of abandoning an actor who has given so much to the movie industry.
His words: “Baba Suwe is a good man. None of his people can say he is bad. And they are not helping him not because he behaved badly to them. They are not helping because they care only about their family.
“That’s the nature of our actors, there is no exception. Imagine the caliber of people I told you I had spoken to about Baba Suwe’s case yet none look his way yet.
“But if God forbid, he dies from the problem, they would be all over the place eulogizing his qualities which they helped kill by their lack of empathy.”
Fans reacted in different ways to Fabiyi’s post. While some showed sadness and asked dor how to donate, others flayed other actors who have the means but prefer to spend on “less vital” things.
Quite a number of movie stars are on the campign train of some political parties across the country with the Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) donating money to President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign.
See reactions culled from Instagram
Can you imagine,they can’t help their colleague but they can donate 500k for buhari campaign, what a shame on you all.
Why begging for fund when u people can support a politician with a huge sum #500,000 but can’t help their self with tokens to much fake life with Antp
…did u hear dat d so called Tanpam abi wetin den dey call dem donated 500k for APC campaign? Nobody ask dem o u can imagine for a government dat is in power o dat has enof fund for campaign even if dey don’t wetin concern dem ? Misplaced priority it means dey don’t value dere colleagues. Some of dem will say dey don’t know he has been sick if dey actually check on each other especially d ones dey don’t see won’t dey know?
Others reacted by tagging other actors and actresses to the post to help and stop flaunting their wealth on Instagram. They also accused them of always being in a hurry to post pictures after death and writing epistles about the deceased.
An angry Instagram user, temmyteegram, wrote:
Even without the government intervention nollywood should be able to help this man….where are your multimillionaire’s….nobody ready to help,rubbish Nigeria movie industry, if he die now all their useless hand will be very fast to post so sad on IG with crocodile tears..wish I could help ❤️
Let him die now, you will see good night to d legend of our time! Rubbish. I pray favour locate you.
The Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has however denied abandoning Baba Suwe.
The National President, Bolaji Amusan popularly known as Baba Latin, while speaking to reporters on Monday, said the report was concocted and sponsored by mischief makers to discredit TAMPAN.
Amusan said the association had been taking care of the veteran actor’s medical bills since 2017, under the administration of immediate past president, Dele Odule.
He said: “I have just instructed the Lagos executive of the association to check on him to ascertain his health progress.
“I can tell you that we have not abandoned Baba Suwe, as well as any of our members, as being speculated in some quarters by mischief-makers.”
Amusan also added that they had designed a new policy to help members of the association.
One Instagram user, @jokeolatiwo, however made an excuse for the actors and actresses under fire.
She wrote: “@yomifabiyi raised the alarm not quite long that he needed help….some of these actors called him and he told them he needed no help. I guess he voiced out when it was unbearable. Meanwhile, don’t blame these people some of them have huge family responsibilities as well such as paying school fees of kids that are not even their biological kids, caring for sick parents etc. How much are earning? May God help them all.”