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JUST IN: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Donates N1m To Ailing Baba Suwe

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has announced a donation of N1m to the ailing veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a. Baba Suwe, who had solicited for financial support to enable him seek urgent medical attention.

Baba Suwe made the plea for financial support on Monday during an interview with popular broadcaster, Kola Olotu, in Ibadan.

And today, Thursday, the Vice President Osinbajo has already responded through his aides who visited the ailing actor at his Ikorodu Lagos home.

Meanwhile, Theater Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) also said that the actor has been on the health bill of the association since 2017.

The affable comic actor went out of circulation eight years ago, after enjoying patronage and limelight for decades, because of diabetic complications among other ailments.

Tracing the origin of his current ordeal, Baba Suwe said the crisis started in the United States of America, where he had traveled to, but collapsed, even amidst cheers by fans.

“Since the time I returned to Nigeria, I have been going up and down,” he struggled to tell the radio show host amidst tears.

“They have taken me to different hospitals, yet my condition is getting worse. My situation is so bad now that I can’t walk without a walking stick.”

Baba Suwe also linked his current predicament to the ordeals the NDLEA officials subjected him to while in its custody.

According to him, the mental, psychological and medical stress he underwent, while NDLEA tried to establish that he indeed ingested cocaine, shattered him.

The comedian also lamented that he is yet to receive the N25 million damages initially awarded him.

He said: “The most important issue is that I need money to treat and rehabilitate myself as I have spent all I had on the health challenges.

Also, Baba Suwe shared his account details: First Bank, Babs Omidina Comedy, 2003537811, during the interview.

During an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in September, Baba Suwe revealed that he would release a movie, ‘Oya Gbe Ti’ detailing his 2011 encounter with NDLEA.

He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in 2011 on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps.

During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the agency, but no drugs were found.

A Lagos High Court subsequently ordered NDLEA to pay the veteran actor N25 million for unlawfully detaining him and to also tender a public apology to him; a ruling the drugs agency appealed.

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I Almost Fainted When I Received N10m From Iya Adura —- Baba Suwe

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It is no news that veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, popular known as Baba Suwe, has been down with an unknown sickness.

He, however, needed financial assistance to take care of himself.

The news of his sickness hit social media and many wellmeaning Nigerians donated to his cause including a Londonbased Nigerian preacher, Abimbola Esther Ajayi also known as Iya Adura.

Iya Adura, who is the general overseer of Love of Christ Generational Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Clapham, London, promise to assist the ailing actor with the sum of N10million.

Immediately she offered to support with N10million and his flight ticket to support whatev-er Baba Suwe had gathered in order to get thorough medical assistance quickly. She spoke to Baba Suwe and offered him prayers.

In a recent interview with Goldmyne TV, the thespian revealed that he almost fainted after receiving the money.

Meanwhile, the actor’s first son, Adesola Omidina, has thanked Nigerians for coming to his father’s aid.

The young man mentioned the individuals and groups who raised a helping hand just so his father could quickly recover. Some of the people he mentioned include the current vice president of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo, the TAMPAN association, individual actors, friends and relatives.

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Ronnie Music Releases ONYE NA EME M’MA

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Adesanya Aderonke Comfort popularly known as Ronnie is multi-talented Gospel artiste, who discovered her talent at the tender age of 5.

She started with the children choir of her then church, Foursquare Gospel Church, (Chapel of Blessing), iju in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA of Lagos. She has since then, been a part of different church choir before establishing herself in the Gospel Music Industry.

The graduate of Insurance from the Lagos state university, has two albums to her credit with several singles; the latest titled “Onye ne me nma

She was nominated for the “Best gospel lyrics at the Nigerian Gospel Award in 2011and 2018 but won HYPE Awards and has received several other nominations since then.

Ronnie is not just a passionate worshipper with a unique voice, she is also a great dancer and dance instructor. Her passion to worship God in a unique way, led to the birthing of “Building The Palace of Praise”- an 100% praise event that brings people together quarterly to experience the presence of God in an ambiance electrified with deep worship with Ronnie and her friends.

Even a day old baby can guess her response when asked what is her hobby, she said SINGING!!!

She has alot of soul lifting singles to her credit and she recently released a New video title ONYE NA EME M’MA ” after the success of Grateful another soul lifting song…

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‘Please Help Me, Don’t Let Me Die Like This’ —– Baba Suwe Cries Out

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Babatunde Omidina, a veteran Nollywood actor popularly known as Baba Suwe, says he needs the help of his fans with raising funds for medical treatment abroad.

In a radio interview with Kola Olootu on Lagelu FM, the actor said he had not received his N25 million compensation from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

In 2011, the actor was arrested by NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport over the suspicion that he was trafficking drugs.

He was detained for three weeks and was granted bail after no drugs were found on him.

“I slumped when I travelled and was admitted for about three weeks. They asked me if I was trafficking cocaine and I said no. I was examined and they didn’t see anything,” he said.

“After that, I requested to return to Nigeria. After returning to Nigeria, I tried to walk on my own but I was staggering; that’s how I started using the walking stick. When I returned to America, they said I needed to do surgery and that it would cost a lot.

“When I approached people, they said they didn’t have money so I couldn’t raise as much money as I needed. I need help from my fans so that I can take care of myself.”

Although the court had ordered NDLEA to pay a compensation of N25 million to the actor, he said he has not received it.

“After all this, I haven’t received the N25 million compensation. Please don’t let me die this way. I can’t lie, see how I am looking,” he said.

In reaction to the interview, the leadership of Theatre Arts and Motions Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) denied abandoning Baba Suwe.

Bolaji Amusan, TAMPAN president populary known as Mr Latin, told journalists that he has instructed the Lagos state arm of the association to check on him.

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