Exactly four months ago, word got out that the good-looking Nollywood actor, Leo Mezie, was down with kidney related disease. The news of his ailment was broken barely a month after popular music producer, OJB Jezreel, passed on. The latter died three years after he underwent a kidney transplant.
Mezie shared his account details and welcomed contributions towards treating his ailment and his colleagues rallied round to raise the N10 million he needed to undergo a kidney transplant. But they were only able to raise N1.2m one month, a far cry for the total sum required.
Thankfully, over time good-spirited individuals who include his fans and colleagues have been able to raise the much-needed funds for the actor who became popular after his role in the 2003 movie, Labista.
Armed with the adequate funds, Mezie is currently in a London hospital receiving treatment. Speaking in a newly released video on YouTube, the actor thanked his fans, friends, family and colleagues for their support.
He said, “Hello people, this is your boy, Leo Mezie, I want to use this medium to say thank you for your support, financially, thank you for your prayers, I just want to let you know that everything got across to me.
“I want to also thank in a special way; my president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Chioma Okoye my sister, Kele Akara my wonderful friend and brother, I want to thank Chijiro, I want to thank Ifeoma Okereke, these are the team that swore me to action immediately the news got broken. I thank you guys, I thank you all, and I pray God to bless you in a million fold. I’m sorry this came a bit late, it is just that I have been unstable, but I am now stronger and better.”
Mezie, who hails from Abia State, is married to Maureen Mezie. Other Nigerian celebrities who have also died from kidney-related ailments include, Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe, veteran broadcaster, Nzau Kalulu, Lagos nightclub boss, Akeem Sodeinde, Veteran actor, Enebeli Elebuwa, media personality, Chaz B, amongst several others.