Nollywood actor returns to Nigeria after successful kidney operation

After undergoing a successful kidney operation in the United Kingdom some weeks back, Nollywood actor, Leo Mezie, returned to Nigeria on Wednesday.

Now sporting a more refreshed and healthy appearance, the Abia State-born thespian looked every bit like his former self.

A Nollywood stakeholder, Monye Uche, shared the good news on Facebook on Wednesday, when he posted a photograph of himself, alongside the actor flanked by other well-wishers.

He captioned the post, “Guess Who is Back Actor no dey DIE’!”

One of Nollywood’s most reserved and under celebrated actors, news of Mezie’s ill health got out four months ago on social media. 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 N1.2 million in one month; a far cry for the total sum required.

While receiving treatment in a United Kingdom hospital, the actor thanked his fans, friends, family and colleagues for their support, in a YouTube video, which went viral.

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 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.”

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Jayne Augoye is an assistant editor and covers the entertainment and lifestyle beat for PREMIUM TIMES. She has a master’s degree in Media and Communication from the Pan Atlantic University. Twitter@jaynejones

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