Nollywood Star Chidi Mokeme Reveals Struggle with Bell’s Palsy

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Nollywood veteran actor, Chidi Mokeme, has opened up about why he stayed away from acting for a while. The Shanty Town’s star actor revealed that he had been suffering from Bell’s Palsy, a condition that causes sudden weakness in the muscles on one side of the face.

Mokeme, one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry, who had disappeared from screens for a long period of time, made this revelation known during an Interview on Channels Television, on Sunday.

“Yeah I have been off the film for a while. After we did the promotional tour for 76 and we went to the Toronto International Film Festival. I will say something that I haven’t actually said somewhere else because after that, as we were preparing to go to the UK for the British International Film Festival, I came down with something called Bell’s Palsy, it was the first time I was hearing it,” Mokeme said.

“Bell’s Palsy comes like a stroke and it’s something that affects one side of your face and sort of gives you a droop. It was something that the doctors felt was incurable because they didn’t know what causes it, they didn’t know how to treat it. So, as an actor if you come down with something that affects your face, you can imagine what I must have been going through that time,” he added.

Mokeme explained that he initially thought he could work with the condition, but soon realized that it was not something he could move around with. He took time off to try and sort out the problem, and focused on his other business during that time.





Joseph Omoniyi

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