Why I have been away from the movie industry – Actor Chidi Mokeme opens up on battle with incurable disease

Nollywood actor cum reality show host, Chidi Mokeme has opened up on why he took a break from the movie industry.

The well seasoned actor has truly been absent from the movie industry and generally the spotlight revealed his battle with an incurable disease.

In an interview with Channels Television, Chidi Mokeme revealed that he was battling Bell’s Palsy.

*Bell’s palsy the paralysis of the facial nerve causing muscular weakness in one side of the face. It may be a reaction to a viral infection and rarely occurs more than once.

Likening the infection to stroke, Chidi Mokeme revealed that it affected one side of his face, and as an actor, he couldn’t make public appearance.

To worsen things, doctors told him the infection was something that is incurable and didn’t have treatment. In his words:

“I have been off the scene for a while after we did the promotional tour for 76.

Before that when we were preparing to go to the UK on a trip for British International Film Festival. I came down with something called Bell’s Palsy. It comes like a stroke and affects one side of your face.

And this was something the doctor said was incurable. They didn’t know what caused it and how to treat it.

As an actor you can imagine what I was going through”.


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