- The death of several prominent Nollywood stars due to illness has raised more questions than answers
- Why don’t they have health insurance being one of the major questions
- Actor Saidi Balogun has stated why
The death of veteran actors Olumide Bakare, Moji Olaiya and Pastor Ajidara in mind, Saidi Balogun has come out to plead with his Nollywood colleagues to opt for health insurance.
According to him, the inability of some of his colleagues to pay get health insurance is responsible for their untimely deaths. he also added that if the Nigerian House of Representatives pass bills that would effectively curb piracy, then actors will be able to live better lives.
“People die but because we are in the public eye, death of actors resonates more. Two million people can die but nobody would write about them unlike when actors die. People die every day. It is not that we are not checking ourselves, it happens but I am begging all actors to work on their health. I was supposed to celebrate my birthday from May 24 to 26 but I postponed it in honour of our fallen colleagues.
The reason why most actors solicit for funds when they are ill is because of lack of health insurance and we should talk to insurance companies about that. If we are making our money now, we should look at health insurance policy for future sake.
I keep begging that the House of Representatives pass hard laws on piracy because if we are making good money, we would be able to subscribe to insurance policies. If I am making N500,000 and the school fees of my daughter is N600,000, where would I see money for insurance? It is the people that are not passing hard laws on piracy that are killing us,” he told Punch.
He further revealed that he has had a health insurance plan for the past four years.
"I have an insurance policy as the President of The Golden Movies Ambassadors of Nigeria. I have been on an insurance policy for over four years.”
Well said Saidi, well said.
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