Veteran Nollywood actress Ngozi Nwosu has been in the industry for almost 30 years since the days of Evil Passion to Fuji House of Commotion and other 21st century blockbuster movies.
Few years ago, Nigerians rallied together to join her in her fight against kidney illness that almost took her life.
However, in a recent Instagram interview with Chude Jideonwo, the movie icon revealed that few months ago, she had another close shave with death.
Hear her: “After a shoot that fateful day, I went into my room to get water from the fridge and that was it. I fell and blanked out. When I regained consciousness I thought it was just a minor thing until I tried to get up and walk. I kept telling myself Ngozi get up and work, but I couldn’t. There I was looking at my phone, yet couldn’t call for help. I was like this could be the end of the road. I couldn’t really understand what happened. I couldn’t move my leg. It was stiff. I cried and cried. I couldn’t reach anyone to help out. Then I went back to God and said, “If truly I serve you, this would not be the end of the road. Just give me the grace to get up and open the door for help”. I was lying there looking at myself helpless. After a while, the strength came from nowhere, I had to use my buttocks to crawl. Then I held unto the door, managed to open it, then screamed. Help came and I passed out again,” she recalled.
Reacting to the cruel rumours that she had Leukemia, the veteran actress added, “Then I started hearing that I had leukaemia. I was getting calls from everywhere. At a point, I had to ask myself again, ” Ngozi are you sure you are alive”? I know Leukemia is cancer of the blood. I looked at myself and my hair is still intact, every part of me still intact. I just sat down and start crying. Well, that’s part of the prizes we have to pay as celebrity. In fact, the prize you pay to be a celebrity is too high. If I didn’t handle it the way I did then, it would have led me into depression.”
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The things that Life throws at us. And the things we are able to survive and overcome. Wow. You could almost hear a pin drop on set as Ngozi Nwosu shared this moment last year that almost ended everything. I thank her for sharing so openly with me. [If you missed it yesterday, the extended play podcast is up on Wednesday at 10am on all podcast platforms. There will also be a repeat of the show on EbonyLife TV on Thursday at 7.30pm.] #WithChude #MindHeartSpirit #LetsBeHumanTogether