'Please Help! I’m Dying' -- Popular Yoruba Actress, Omotunde Ogundimu Cries Out!

By 01:21 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 Comments

For some time now, popular

Yoruba actress, Omotunde

Ogundimu, has been off the

movie scene. But if you think

she has found another

passion, then, you are wrong.

At the moment, the mother

of three is battling a

debilitating ailment that has

since removed the shine from

her acting career. In this

interview with

TheNationOnlineNg, she

ventilates her pains and hope,

among other issues.

You seldom appear in

movies these days. So, what

really is responsible for


I have been ill.

So, how do you feel now?

I am still very weak. I was at

the clinic and the doctor

revealed that, even if I have

the money readily available, I

can’t undergo the surgery

now because I have lost so

much blood. So, I was given

some drugs to help boost the

blood back to the level it

should be.

Which hospital is that?

It is called Beachland

Specialist Hospital in Arepo,

Ibafo, Ogun State.

What is the nature of the


My period comes like 10 to15

days; then, it will stop and

come again. I menstruate

twice in a month. I noticed it

last year before my husband

passed away. Anytime we had

intercourse, I would always

bleed. I took it for something

else, so I didn’t really pay

attention to it. But when he

became sick and we couldn’t

have intercourse any more, it

(the bleeding) stopped. Then,

I didn’t have time to study it

at that period too.

But what I noticed is that my

menstrual circle changed, so I

would menstruate twice in a

month with very heavy flow.

So, at that time, I just felt it

was one of the signs of

menopause because I am way

above 40. But last year, I had

to go to the hospital to

complain and the doctor said

I had fibroid, even before the

tests and scan were

conducted. When the scan

was done, it was discovered

that the fibroid was fully

grown in my womb.

You said during the period

your husband was sick, you

were not having

intercourse. But were you

having the heavy flow at

that time?

Then, it was normal. But the

only time it became abnormal

was when we had intercourse,

so I thought I was

approaching my period.

What do you think is

exactly wrong with you?

Don’t you think it might be

a spiritual problem?

No; I don’t think so. You can

only say something is spiritual

when you don’t get a solution

to your problem. But in my

own case, I have been able to

find out what the problem is

and the remedy. Every

woman has fibroid, but it is

only when it is overgrown that

it becomes a problem that

needs to be attended to.

When it started, I had people

who shared their own

experiences with me and I was

directed to the hospital.

So, how have you been

coping, financially?

Well, I am presently in Ibafo,

Ogun State, which is close to

my home town. When my

husband passed away, my

family asked me to come back

home, so as not to be left

alone in Lagos, where I don’t

have anybody. So, I came

home and rented an

apartment. But my children

are in one of the boarding

schools in Lagos. I didn’t want

to change their school.

Whenever they are on

vacation, they come here and

we spend time together.

Sending them to one of the

best schools in Lagos is part

of my huge financial

commitments. But I am glad

that I can do that for them

because I want them to have

the kind of education that I

didn’t have.

With your state of health,

you definitely need some

help. Is anyone living with


Some of my siblings do come

over to help. But most of

them are married and I

cannot force them to come

and stay with me. So,

whenever they volunteer to

come, I am always glad to

have them around. If not that

it went online, nobody knew I

was sick. I am a very quite


Why did you have to make

the ailment hidden for this

long without going public

with it?

I am just a private person and

I just felt I could raise the

money and go for the surgery

before anybody could know

that I was sick.

I don’t go to functions

anymore because of the state

of my body now-I am so lean.

Nobody will see me without

asking what is wrong with me.

Even the last time I was on

location, many of my

colleagues felt I was dieting

and they complained that it

was too serious.

As a crossover actress and

one who is popular in both

the Yoruba and English

sectors of Nollywood, one

would expect that you would

have a lot of people coming

around you.

As I said, the news just got

online some days ago and I

have been receiving calls from

every one of them, promising

to do something in any way

they can. Most of them didn’t

know I was sick and the news

going online has drawn their

attention to my plight. I also

got a call from the AGN

president, Ibinabo Fiberesima,

asking me to send my details

and home address; she

promised that they will visit


How much do you need to

undergo the surgery?


Are you sure the N500, 000

you are requesting for is

just for the operation?

I pray the money will be

enough. The actual money for

the surgery is N350, 000. But I

just feel I’ll need some money

for my upkeep till I am able

to stand on my feet and get

back to work. That is the

reason I summed up the

whole money to N500, 000.

But do you think you need

as much as that to undergo

a fibroid operation?

Yes, that is true. But it is a

private hospital and for

someone like me to come out

and say I need N350, 000,

people will say I should be

able to afford such an

amount of money because I

am an actress. But people do

not know what I have been

doing all the while. I have

single-handedly been training

my three kids and I have been

struggling to ensure they go

to the higher institution, which

I did not attend.

Also, the treatment and drugs

that I have been taking have

cost me a lot of money. Right

now, I don’t have any other

business I am doing apart

from my acting career. I was

hoping I would be able to

save some money and set up

a business. But all that is on

hold now.

Does that mean your in-

laws were not in support of

the union?

The circumstances that

surrounded my husband’s

death are best known to

them. He was married to five

wives and he died at the age

of 41. After his death, they

sold one of his property in

Abeokuta and shared the

money among us his wives

and gave a whole building to

my children. After that, no

calls to even ask about the

welfare of their children.

What is your position

among the wives?

I am the second wife.

Didn’t you know he was


I never intended to go into

the marriage. But sometimes

in life, some things take place

that you do not plan. You

know when you are in love

with a man, you believe

everything he tells you. When

we were courting, he only

told me he had someone that

bore him a child. When I was

pregnant with my first child,

he took me home to meet his

father, who asked me if he

had told me about my senior

(the first wife); so, that was

when I knew.

I didn’t understand what he

was saying until he told me

that the man I wanted to get

married to already had a wife

and a child living with him. I

left and told him I was going

for abortion. But he went to

my mum in Ibafo to inform

her about my decision and

she came down with him to

Iyana Ipaja that same day to

plead with me. He knew I am

the only child of my mother

and that she was already

looking forward to having

grandchildren. That was how I

found myself in a polygamous

home. And then, I was

working as a clearing and

forward agency at NAHCO,

Ikeja, Lagos. I had my own

apartment, so he was always

at my place. But he was a

lovely man and a good man.

He took care of me. But you

know, when there are so

many women involved, it is a

different story.

Is it that you do not have

friends in the industry

because you said none has

paid you a visit?

(Laughs) That was before! You

know, it is said that no matter

the multitude, there will

always be a disagreement. But

at the moment, I am not

fighting anybody. So, I have

been receiving calls and

prayers from most of them,

promising to come and pay

me a visit. Most of them

didn’t know I was sick. As I

said, I am a very private


We have had cases of stars

seeking help from the

public. So, is it that you

people do not save for the

rainy days?

I understand what you are

saying. But in my own case, I

have been managing on my

own all the while without

asking anybody for assistance.

But the truth of the matter is

that the money we are paid

here is nothing to write home

about. It is all about helping

your colleague, when he or

she wants to shoot a movie.

So, it is whatever the person

has that you will collect. All

the stories they tell about

some people collecting N600,

000 for a roles are lies.

But most of you live

flamboyantly; so, where do

they get the money from?

I don’t know o! I only know

about myself, my sister. Yes,

some of them earn well and

are into other businesses. As I

said earlier, if I get back on

my feet and start working, I

will get something else doing

aside my acting career. Some

make money from the movies

they produce, especially if the

movies sell well.

Having been in the industry

for over a decade now,

what can you say about

your experience as a


I have done three movies:

Temidun, Origun Meta and

Abiamo honeypot. I would

have produced another one,

but I don’t want to produce

any movie that will be below

the name and standard that I

have been able to build for

myself over the years. But my

first three were hits in the

market. That was when

movies still had values. What

we have now are marketers

who always complain about

low sales.

And I can proudly say I was

able to make good use of the

proceeds from those movies. I

opened a wholesale wine

shop, but that is history now

because that was where I was

collecting money when my

husband fell sick. And you

know how business is, once

you don’t add more to it, it

will collapse.

I learnt Tope Alabi brought

you into the movie industry.

Why have you not sought

her assistance?

We were in the dance group,

Sunny Wonders Performing

Group, before she left. We

were into dramas and stage

plays. But after a while, we

met again and I stayed with

her at her parents’ home,

which was not far from my

uncle’s house where I was

living then. But when we met,

she started telling me about

finding my way into the

Yoruba movie industry,

instead of wasting my time

with the group that promised

to take us abroad to perform.

That was how she introduced

me to Alade Aromire Group.

But I don’t have her contact

and that is the reason I have

not been able to reach her

for assistance.

I am someone who does not

like to bother people.

Sometimes, when you expect

help from a particular person,

you might end up being

disappointed. And at the end

of the day, you will feel bad.

That is the reason I don’t like

telling people about what is

happening to me. I am a

fighter, if not for the fact that

Mr. Idris Bello of

Shybellmedia got in touch

with me and asked what was

wrong. I told him I was sick

and he came visiting the next


When he saw me, he told me

not to keep mute on the

issue. He said I should let

people know about my state

of health, stressing that those

who would come to my aid

will do and those who will

talk will talk. I told him they

would say, ‘Is she not an

actress? Why wouldn’t she be

able to afford such an

amount? And he told me that

I have my life to live.



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