Another Nollywood figure dies

Chike Bryan

Prominent Nollywood scriptwriter, Chike Bryan, is dead.

His close friend and colleague, Mac Collins Chidebe, broke the news on Saturday on Facebook.

According to Mac Collins, Bryan was riding in his friend’s car when he received a phone call from home about some happenings. Then he lost his cool.

Afterwards, the friend asked him to calm down but it was too late. He suddenly had stroke and began throwing up in his friend’s car.

He wrote, “A guy I have worked so closely with in almost 10 months. Suddenly he disappears from my life. Death, O death, why?

“He woke up this morning hale and hearty. He had breakfast at a friend’s and was on his way to the office.

“Praying fervently for him, our friend made a turn and drove on neck break speed to his house where he picked his wife and rushed him to the hospital where he was admitted but later referred to LASUTH in Ikeja.

“On getting to LASUTH, the wife was told the hospital could not admit him for lack of bed space. For almost five hours my buddy was hanging on to dear life without treatment. How callous can some medical personnel be! An emergency case was treated with so much nonchalance.

“So much grief, sorrow, and tears in his home. CBN left behind a young wife and 5 lovely kids. I pray God to give the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

The late scriptwriter was diagnosed with chronic renal failure in July 2013 and underwent regular dialysis at Igando General Hospital, Lagos.

In June 2014, the deceased, president of the Scriptwriters Guild of Nigeria, had a successful kidney transplant after President Goodluck Jonathan donated N10 million for Bryan’s treatment abroad. The money was given to him through the AGN President, Ibinabo Fiberesima.

Some of his greatest movie projects include Magic Cap, A Million Madness and Polygamy.


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  • Bo Biz

    Nigeria is a big joke. A patient with known renal challenges suffered a seizure in Lagos,and a teaching hospital could not even attend to him for 5 hours until he expires.Nigeria is not even worth to be a borough.Rest in peace Chike.

    • eshe_70@yahoo.com

      Is scary to set foot in that country again.

      • Bo Biz

        I’ll rather reside in UK with my family till my last day than rot in Nigeria.

        • Olusola

          While I feel your frustration but your extreme view of life and your own people is appaling!

          • Bo Biz

            @Olusola,Please educate me on what is extreme about my view of life about the non-existence of the barest health and emergency needs in Nigeria? Please what makes my people (you must be referring to decent human beings crying out against dehumanization of Nigerians) appalling?
            I refer you to the 6th and 7th paragraphs,quote “Praying fervently for him, our friend made a turn and drove on neck break speed to his house where he picked his wife and rushed him to the hospital where he was admitted but later referred to LASUTH in Ikeja.
            “On getting to LASUTH, the wife was told the hospital could not admit him for lack of bed space.For almost five hours my buddy was hanging on to dear life without treatment. How callous can some medical personnel be! An emergency case was treated with so much nonchalance”.
            Olusola,in any place worth being referred to as a country,that guy driving Chike should have just simply parked immediately,call the emergency numbers and the Accidents & Emergency ambulance with medicals will rush down to his location within minutes to attend to Chike. While the medicals are attending to him,the ambulance will drive to the nearest A & E unit of a Hospital that is well equipped to handle his condition.In my borough(local council) alone ,we have about 4 well equipped hospitals that will handle Chike’s condition and probably save his life.The same hospital that will take care of Chike is the same hospital that will attend to Her Majesty,The Queen,Royal family members,Prime Minister,Mayor,Ministers,Members of Parliament (MPs), etc,etc if they have any need for medical assistance.
            There won’t have been any need for Chike’s friend to drive at neck breaking speed back to Chike’s house to pick his wife,then driving about again searching for a hospital that will attend to a renal failure victim,haba ! The guy carrying Chike was also endangering his own life,Chike’s wife and hundreds of other road users,simply because Nigeria is a failed state with the most basic social,medical or welfare infrastructures and services.completely non-existent.
            Who and how can anybody defend what happened at LASUTH,where they refused to attend to renal failure victim for over 5 hours until he expired? If it happened here heads will roll no matter the social status of the victim. But you’re sitting there unmoved,but clapping for inept leaders,haba Olusola.
            In the last two weeks,I’ve read about 4 incidents of police and army beating citizens (even a man to death in Ogun),and life goes on in Nigeria.A nursing mother was locked up in police jail with her baby for refusing to give bribe,and life goes on in Nigeria.Rape cases abound in all local councils in Nigeria,it takes police years to even charge one culprit to court.Kill 10 men in Nigeria,and it will take ages for police to conduct their so called investigations that leads to no where,while it takes average of 4 days here to appear in court for rape and murder.Tell me what makes a Nigeria a country? Your president could not even treat himself in Nigeria.Your ministers,governors and their families treat even malaria in Europe,America,or India.Why are we not ashamed of ourselves as Nigerians? I hope you’ll visit a real country soonest,and realize that “Your” Nigeria is worthless.

          • Olusola

            Thanks, it is my Nigeria. I feel the pains of the departed and his family and friends. He is one from my Nigeria. All I wanted you think about is “absolutes” no need to foreclose living in Nigeria ever again. I am replying you from the United Kingdom “your country” and I will soon go back to “My Nigeria” About 20yrs ago someone said something similar to what you said; few weeks later he got a top job in Nigeria with mouth watering package so he left but didn’t return, he died. Please dont wish for yourself that living in Nigeria for you as against UK means you will rot. We have problems I agree, perhaps more than what you stated, but we will overcome. even a king in the UK long ago died of epidemy, we will get there sir. And God will preserve your life with your family and keep you safe both in Nigeria and the UK.

          • Bo Biz

            Thanks for sounding more reasonable now.Think about this your sentence,quote “About 20yrs ago someone said something similar to what you said; few weeks later he got a top job in Nigeria with mouth watering package so he left but didn’t return, he died.” I’ve been thinking of……so he left but didn’t return,he DIED.
            I’ve had my own bitter dosage of Nigeria,about 9 years ago my wife and our two children visited Nigeria for their first time in life,very unfortunately for me my son did not make it back to UK,he DIED.My family had an auto accident,my wife asked the chauffeur to call ambulance but was told that ambulance is only for dead bodies.It took over 3 hours and four visits to four different hospitals before my son could receive a semblance of medical assistance,My wife and second child watched helplessly as the boy bleed to death.I lost that precious part of me to Nigeria and is yet to recover from the emotional guilt.My wife and 2nd child are yet to recover from the trauma.
            I don’t know the financial package that will force me to mortgage my comfort and safety for permanent stay in Nigeria in the foreseeable future.
            Olusola,I’ve got to stop here and now,it’s becoming unbearable for me to write any further.

          • Olusola

            I am very sorry for your loss, God will comfort you and your family.

    • MG

      You’re right! Plus, a cemetery for the masses.

  • Kamzy

    Oh Nigeria and their madness in hospitals. What a loss… My condolences pls

  • grand maze

    The same thing happened to my sister when she was fatally sick. There was no bed space to admit her. Even patients were laid on mats on corridors to receive treatment. Of course after waiting for hours, my sister died. One is very lucky to be admitted in that teaching hospital when sick.

  • grand maze

    All over the world, big cities like Lagos are not given special status and allocation before they can thrive. They depend on their greatest resource which is population to generate needed revenue for development which Lagos is already doing. The IGR of Lagos is humongous compared to any other state in Nigeria.

  • Nkem

    The politicians and civil servants are busy stealing the money meant to provide healthcare to Nigerians. God will surely judge all of them.

    • Wale

      Amen bro; but na you guys dey always come here to defend those thieves.

  • Maria

    Lagos is too congested. People should stay in their villages and states. This is one result of everyone wanting to live in Lagos…

    • Senator D

      Are you in your village typing this mumucious stuff?

      • Wale

        She’s a Lagosian, she wants you guys to ship out.

      • Maria

        I am not in my village but definitely not Lagos.

        • Charles

          and death cannot get you there?

          • Maria

            No, it must first get you.

    • Osi Timmy

      No sense in what you said. Don’t people travel and live in other countries? Why do our government travel out for treatment? Because lagos and abuja is congested? The problem is we lack good doctors and nurses who have compassion for the sick. They are completely careless. Who wait 5 hrs to be treated in an emergency situation? Only in Nigeria. Instead of the government to focus on good health care, good schools, good roads and jobs. They are focused on themselves only and that’s the problem not congestion.

    • Charles

      you are sick

  • Senator D

    May the State Clinic (In Aso Villa) MUST be so congested by the Igbos too that’s why Bubu had to go to London to treat an ear infection and also go on medical tourism or jamboree whichever the case… You are so full of emptiness… Your argument here is like a basket full of water…

  • Odinaka

    You are too petty and tribal. I have closely watched and read your warped comments and can tell you that you appear to me as someone who is uneducated. If truly you ‘live broad’, as you put it, then you need to look yourself in the mirror. The report clearly said that a senator from Abuja said if Lagos would have special status, Abuja too should have it. It was very clear from media reports that it was the North that opposed it. Why do you people hate Igbos?I do not make tribal comments here, but I hate it when I see them.

  • Bo Biz

    Quality life is worth more than gold.How much is Zenith paying a CFTe Technical Analyst & Commodity Trading Advisor per hour,excluding performance bonus?

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    I will never my brother. I can only visit Nigeria for a few weeks but will never permanently reside in Nigeria. I know the apprehension/restiveness I go thru during my visits . Crime rate is way too high, infrastructures terrible, healthcare non existent, corruption rampant, etc. it is about 20 minutes drive between my village and Owerri. I know how tensed I am just to travel on that road cause of the kidnappings and other crimes. Nigeria has been wrecked with decades of failed leaderships due to corruption

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    My brother no Igbo man will travel to his village for national census you are being too simplistic & trivial . My younger brother has a shop in Lagos and they pay a lot of money every month to Lagos state government. You cannot believe how much Igbo owned businesses contribute to the revenue of Lagos state

  • Senator D

    There’s no truth and there’s nothing bitter just mumucious talk…