Months after OJB’s death, Emma Ugolee seeks N50m for kidney transplant

Just six months after the death of OJB, clearly one of the best in the music production business in Nigeria, another notable entertainment figure, is in the news for a case that led to the death of OJB.

The figure is none other than veteran broadcaster and ‘king of talk shows’, Emma Ugolee who back in June revealed he had been battling kidney disease for four years.

Days ago, the duo of “Ego” singer, Djinee and Sound Sultan took to social media to make a case for him. According to them, doctors have said Ugolee’s blood vessels are collapsing from five years of dialysis and he has to go for the transplant without delay.

Djinee wrote, “Emma Ugolee called me yesterday and his words were, “Bro, the doctors said they can’t continue to prick me anymore. My blood vessels are collapsing from 5 years of dialysis. They said I have to do the surgery now”. I sunk.

“Because I’ve been with him for close to half the dialysis sessions and witnessed first hand the pain that comes with the many complications including one failed kidney transplant.

How he remains so strong and optimistic beats me. My friend is not perfect but he is a good soul and deserves better from life. Always looking out for everyone even in his state.

In fact, I witnessed one of those sessions where he paid for another patient who was in the same ward, strapped to the dialyser as he was. And there were many of such bailouts from Emma.

His refusal for 5years to solicit for public help characterises Emma’s personality. Some might call it pride but I call it the refusal of a man to burden others with “his problem”.

So when he called yesterday, it wasn’t that he had given up but our (his friends) collective cry for help. Please, I beg of you, look at the picture attached to the post. Support with any amount.

HE NEEDS THE SURGERY NOW! NO MORE DIALYSIS! God bless you as you’ve read this.” Just six months upon the announcement of the death of legendary producer and singer, OJB Jezreel who had passed on after a kidney disease relapse, Emma, the former MBI presenter of then hugely popular Top 10 Coutdown, had come out to address his issue.

“Too many phone calls yesterday with everyone just checking to see how I was doing. It all made sense when news filtered in that OJB had just died from a disease I’ve battled with for over 4years now.

The general concern being the psychologic impact of being reminded of the likelihood of one’s demise thanks to the unpredictable and deadly nature of living without a functional kidney,” he wrote then.

For him, it was a way of putting everything in context as fans continued to express shock and grief over OJB’s passing. As it turned out, Ugolee who has been very vocal about his battle with the same disease and took measures to assure friends and fans on the state of his health, now needs the help of Nigerians to stay alive.

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