“THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE ILLNESS THAT ALMOST CLAIMED MY LIFE”-Veteran Yoruba Actor, Ogogo Opens Up
Veteran Yoruba actor, Taiwo Babatunde Hassan, better known as Ogogo, has finally opened up on the cause of the illness that almost claimed his life some years back . The rumour then was that he had HIV/AIDS while some were of the opinion that he carried cocaine alongside late gospel singer, Baba Ara to the USA which wasn’t successful. Recently, Yoruvamoviegist.com had an exclusive interview with him and told us the real story. According to him, “I have said this over and over but for a reminder, I takes alcohol occasionally but aside that, I don’t smoking but when the news about my sickness broke, people started passing fallacious news about me saying that I carried cocaine while some said it was HIV/AIDS, I was just laughing at the sick bed, it was a friend of mine in the media that wrote the story and I believe now that he will be thanking God for my life anytime he set his eyes on me. That day, I was on my way to the hospital and he called me on phone to confirmed it and I said it was ulcer, he was trying to convinced me with what people were saying concerning the state of my health, he said it was HIV or cocaine and I told him that I don’t want to talk much about it because I was the one driving myself to the hospital, so go and write whatever that comes to your mind and the result of that was the report of HIV and Cocaine. There are some journalists in Nigeria who are image makers while some are image breakers, a top soft-sell magazine in Nigeria has made many images and that is why they edge above others. I pray that God will continue to strengthen them. After the rubbish he wrote, there was a particular day in 2004, it was during Ramadan’s period, I was driving to a movie location, I will attribute that sickness to my mistake because I don’t know how to wake up early in the morning to eat breakfast popularly called “Sari”, it is the food I used in breaking at night that will take me till the following evening. I was going with a friend of mine and this man doesn’t know how to drive, something hooked me in the tommy and I had to park for relaxation, this was at Ikeja, the man told me to break my fast but I felt reluctant, I was heading to late Arakongudu’s location, may God just forgive him because he is an ingrate person. I came to your location and I felt sick and I was on bed for almost 5 good years, this guy didn’t call me for once to ask after me let alone of coming to the hospital to check on me, he was owing me N50.000 yet he was saying rubbish about me which I wouldn’t like to put on the pages of newspaper, I was surprised when I saw a report with an headline saying Ogogo Falls, Arakongudu Rises, there is something called Muibat in Arabic language which means “LOVE” and it is only those who God want to give that thing to that will have it. Despite the tough time I had, many still love me, then why do I still need to disturb myself fighting for what doesn’t make sense? I don’t think there is a special award from anybody that is bigger than the love of God. The day I started sickness, I felt it was a play, it started around 9am but later in the evening, Remi Surutu now said that with this complain of mine that it was ulcer and she has several ulcer drugs in her bag because she is also a patient of ulcer. She advised me to break the fast, the boy we were going together hastily bought milk, he poured it in a bowl to mix it with water, I prayed and drank it. Immediately after taken it, my body came back to normal shape but for the fact that it has damaged a lot of things in my system, if I eat a tea spoon of rice and I have not vomited it, I won’t get myself. I did this for good 7 months, I do my prayers on seat, I was very lean, as at that time, I scaled 94 and I reduced to 69 when the sickness started, when I walked, I will be feeling it. One day, I decided to take a walk to my barbing saloon, I didn’t know that I was lean like that but when I opened the door, I saw myself in the mirror, I was so sad that day, doubting if I was the one but above all, it has been written that I must face that challenge, it is called “Amiwo” which I don’t pray to see again. I have never set my eyes on cocaine before let alone of taking it or carried it like they alleged. If I leave my house by 8am and somebody comes in to smoke, when I return at night I will surely know because our gift or talent is different but glory to Allah for everything”.