Fans are left in shock after a video of ex-Nollywood star, Ernest Asuzu, begging on Lagos streets surfaced online.
Asuzu, who often starred alongside Jim Iyke, in Nollywood hits in his heyday, is currently down with stroke.
He went public with the illness five years ago.
The ailment is clearly exacting an important toll on the ailing star as he’s also unable to walk.
A man who identified himself as John Louis on Instagram shared a video of the actor shirtless and begging for alms on the streets of Lagos.
The actor was barely recognisable in the video.
Mr Louis said he found the actor begging for alms on the streets of Oke-Afa in Isolo, Lagos.
The actor could even be seen in the video nodding in affirmation.
Asuzu also looked dazed and disoriented in the video. “So we are calling on Nollywood to return and assist their member. it’s not only to act the film, but this guy also cannot even walk,” Mr Louis said in the video.
They need to come to his aid not when he dies they will come and do an enormous burial for somebody. Even the Nigerian government must back the guy and know what the matter is.
I’m directing this video to Nollywood. this is a star that everyone knows that he’s in this kind of condition. We saw him at Justrite Supermarket asking men for money when he has Nollywood people doing anything they like but they don’t know how to help themselves’’ (sic)
PREMIUM TIMES contacted the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, on Tuesday and he expressed shock at the event .
“I haven’t been really briefed about Ernest’s situation but i was shocked to ascertain the video of the man hurling insults at Nollywood without really knowing how involved we’ve been in his case.
“People just act in ignorance. we’ve been on his case for several years now. We took him to a man of God who healed him of his ailment. He was there for months and when he was leaving he blessed him with a Prado Jeep. i’m really surprised at the turn of events. i will contact his wife and get back to you.