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Ailing ‘Tinsel’ star, Victor Olaotan still needs help badly


Ailing Victor Olaotan

Notable Nollywood actor Victor Olaotan, who had a ghastly motor accident nearly four years ago, needs help urgently. The actor, who was flown to Turkey for prompt medical attention after he became incapacitated following the car accident he was involved in, along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, is still battling to regain his health.

His wife, Julia, disclosed that the hospital in Turkey requires about $250,000 (about N91m) to continue with the treatment (Stem cell treatment). Although Julia acknowledged that the help came for the actor from Billionaire Femi Otedola and some well-meaning Nigerians and philanthropists, including his colleagues and fans to pay for the first stage of the medical procedure, she revealed that the sum that the hospital has requested for is to handle the second stage of the treatment.


“Problem was that we didn’t know the extent of the treatment he was going to receive. So, when they sent the bill and we got help from Mr. Otedola, which was directly paid to the hospital, and from some well-meaning individuals and from the initial GoFundMe set up by Gbenro Ajibade, we thought that was all. But, it was not. After the first procedure, they kept on him on daily treatment, which is regular physiotherapy and on drugs and all that. We have used up the money and now the bills have been pilling up. All I receive now from the hospital are threatening emails and calls asking me to come and offset the bills or they will be forced to take legal action. I need help…. It is only God that can deliver me,” she said.

An actor’s actor of vast credit, who for about seven years breathed real life into the character of Fred Ade Williams on the Mnet flagship soap Tinsel, Victor, who was born in Lagos in the early 50’s, studied drama at the University of Ibadan, at the Obafemi Awolowo University and at Rockets University, United States. An accomplished stage and screen actor, Olaotan warmed his way into the consciousness of television viewers, playing the leading role in Tinsel. Only a few episodes of the soap that started airing in August 2008 and Olaotan has become a household name. Help for the actor can be sent through Victor Olaotan Recovery Fund account at Ecobank 0040006665 or through Julia Olaotan at Stanbic Bank 0001101396.


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