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Family of late Nollywood actress, Cynthia Okereke, reveals they are struggling to raise money for her funeral

Mr Okechukwu Okereke, the husband of late Nollywood actress, Cynthia Okere has revealed that his family is struggling to raise funds for the funeral ceremony of his late wife.

Recall that the Nollywood veteran was abducted last year alongside actor Clemson Cornel Nonyelu, popularly known as ‘Agbogidi’, by unknown gunmen while they were filming in Enugu. 

However, Cynthia Okereke died on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, after a brief illness.

In a recent development, Mr Okechukwu Okereke whilst speaking with Vanguard, lamented on the failure of the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria to assist his family, considering that his wife died as a result of the shock she sustained following her kidnap experience last year, Mr Okereke said since her abduction and release, she had been in and out of the hospital before her untimely demise last month.

Agbogidi also confirmed that while they were in the kidnappers’ den, the late actress was begging the bandits to bring her HBP drugs for her, which they reluctantly obliged.

He said, “After the kidnapping issue, the trauma came in. She developed a leg problem because they tied her legs.

“When she was released from the kidnappers’ den, she had severe pain and we rushed her to the orthopaedic hospital, where it was discovered that the pain relief drugs she took had affected her tummy.

“From there, we rushed her again to a private hospital, where she underwent the first surgery and waited for the second one to be carried out on her before her doctors discovered that it had affected her heart.

“At that point, we moved her to a specialist hospital in Owerri, where she was placed on life support. And on Tuesday, July 11, she gave up the ghost, after she spent about four months at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital,UNTH, Enugu.”

Mr Okechukwu said that he is the only person planning his wife’s burial rites with assistance from just his son.

Mr Okereke, however, called on her wife’s friends, colleagues and fans to rally around his family in order to give the late actress a befitting funeral rites.

Meanwhile, on the ransom paid to his wife’s kidnappers, Mr Okereke said they borrowed the sum of N3.5 million, which they were still servicing to secure her release alongside actor Agbogidi.

He claimed that the funds raised by the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, for this purpose were not handed over to the affected families to date. Also, a source from Agbogidi’s family confirmed Mr Okereke’s allegation.

“I can confirm to you that no dime has been given to my family by AGN to date. My family brought 50% of the kidnap ransom while Cynthia’s family brought the remaining 50%.

“Till date, we haven’t received anything from the leadership of the guild,” a source from Agbogidi’s family insisted.

However, reacting to the allegation, a source from the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Enugu State chapter, denied the allegation, insisting that the money was handed over to the two families.

“You can believe whatever he tells you but the truth is that the money was handed over to him, in our office. He’s a big liar if he denies that he didn’t collect the money,” said an AGN source.

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