Although some Nigerians and Nollywood buffs are yet to swallow the pains of the shocking death of talented and energetic actor, Muna Obiekwe, who passed away at a specialist hospital in Festac Lagos, on Sunday, January 18, 2015, but more facts are beginning to spring up on what might be the cause of his death.
According to the information gathered by us, Muna as an orphan had a godmother, Mrs Vera Kanu, who confessed that the late actor was addicted to alcohol.
"Everybody in the industry knows Muna drinks a lot; even when he’s shooting in the North, he has a way of finding alcohol. He fell into it, after he lost his parents in a ghastly motor accident. As a matter of fact, he was supposed to be in that car with them but by stroke of luck, he wasn’t and was spared.
“Afterwards, Muna took solace in liquor but that never affected his job. He was just like Sam Loco; he could drink the whole sea but when he hears the director shout ‘action,’ he gets into character. Muna was a method character despite his flaws," Mrs. Kanu hinted.
Shedding more lights on Muna's hidden personality, his godmother said the actor drank heavily despite doctor’s warnings.
“I was with him to the last hour. He was to do up to 20 dialyses; the doctor said if the dialysis improved his condition, the worse would certainly be over. He will be okay only if he stays away from alcohol but you know our artiste.
“He was managing it on his own. As a matter of fact, he has been managing it for a while until Ejiro Okurame and I came on board to help. We were combining resources to help him but there was very little we could do to save him. We had to enlist the help of Patience Ozokwo and Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK) at a point. They rendered the help they could until he died," she added.
We learnt that Muna was celebrity who wanted to keep his life private. He was said to have tried to keep his illness away from the press or his colleagues and not tagged as ‘Nollywood beggars’.
It was gathered that the fair-complexioned actor, who often plays the role of a lover boy, was scared of the press. Muna was not ready to beg or raise money because he was too ashamed of what his colleague or press will say, we gathered.
“The guy was private. He kept to himself a lot and most importantly, kept his private life private; for instance, many people did not even know he was married with two children. Such was his life. He didn’t want press or his colleagues to start prying.
“He was particularly afraid of the press; hence, he shut his colleagues out of his pain. He knew if some Nollywood people got to know about it, the press would also get to know. He refused to beg to save Nollywood’s image, he in-turn, lost himself," one of his colleagues, who pleaded to remain anonymous squealed.
Another concerned star actor, who as well doesn't want his name mentioned, on account of Muna's death, begs the Nigerian press to take it easy with celebrities.
“We are human too and like every other person, we have our pains. The press needs to be less judgmental. If he wasn’t too scared of the press, perhaps, he would have reached out for help,” the added urged.
More facts also revealed that Muna discovered his kidney problem a long time ago but like most people, he thought he could manage it. He reportedly ignored the pain and continued working without paying much attention.
According to a close source, he only took his drugs and medication once in a while as ‘Muna never believed the ailment could lead to his death.
“He believed he would survive it like he did the gunshot and death of his parents. He was not a man given to worrying about things. He believed it was not a coincidence his parents named him Munachimso, a name which means God is walking with me.
“The guy was private. He kept to himself a lot and most importantly, kept his private life private; for instance, many people did not even know he was married with two children," the source squealed.
Surprisingly, until his death, Muna was the first cousin of Yul Edochie which makes him a member of Pete Edochie’s family but no words have been hard from the Edochie's camp concerning the burial arrangements of the great Iroko that fell.