We are struggling to raise money for her funeral – Late Actress Cynthia Okereke’s hubby cries out, drags AGN
The late Nollywood actress Cynthia Okere’s husband, Mr. Okechukwu Okereke, has publicly acknowledged that his family is currently having trouble making to plan the funeral service for his deceased wife because of financial constraints.
In response to the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria’s failure to provide for his family, Mr. Okechukwu Okereke voiced his shock.
He said over the phone to Vanguard that he and his son are the only ones in charge of planning his wife’s funeral. He underlined the pressing need for financial support in order to give his late wife a dignified send-off.
Mr. Okereke explained that his wife’s demise occurred last month as a result of the shock from her abduction experience the year before, noting that she had been in and out of the hospital ever since her kidnapping and final release.
Agbogidi further claimed that while they were being held captive, the late actress begged the abductors to provide her blood pressure medication, to which they reluctantly acceded.
“Trauma arose after the kidnapping crisis. They chained her legs and she got a leg trouble.
She was in severe discomfort when we rescued her from the kidnappers’ hideout, so we rushed her to the orthopaedic hospital, where it was revealed that the painkillers she had been taking had negatively impacted her stomach.
“From there, we hurried her once more to a private hospital, where she underwent the first procedure and waited for the second to be performed on her before her doctors realized it had harmed her heart.
“We then moved her to a specialized medical facility in Owerri, where she was put on life support. She spent nearly four months in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, before passing away on Tuesday, July 11.
However, Mr. Okereke has made a request to his late wife’s friends, coworkers, and supporters, asking them to band together and support his family’s initiatives to secure a respectful memorial service for the late actress.
In response to a question about the ransom paid to his wife’s captors, Mr. Okereke said that they had borrowed N3.5 million, which they were still paying back, in order to secure the release of both his wife and actor Agbogidi.
He said that the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) had raised money for this purpose, but that it had not yet been distributed to the impacted families. A member of Agbogidi’s family also backed up Mr. Okereke’s assertion.
“The Actor Guild Nigeria members has not given the family a dime. My family brought 50% of the kidnap ransom while Cynthia’s family brought the remaining 50%” a source from Agbogidi’s family insisted.
A source from the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in Enugu State denied the accusation and said the funds had in fact been distributed to the two families in question.