What could have been another calamity in Nollywood was averted over the weekend when star actor, Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as â€˜Akiâ€™ underwent a successful operation for acute appendicitis.
Aki, who is unarguably one of the biggest names in Nollywood, is still on the hospital bed recuperating as at the time of filing this report.
We further gathered that the Uzoakoli, Abia State-born thespian, was rushed to a hospital in Ogba, Lagos, in the evening of last Saturday by some family members and friends, including his acting twin brother, Osita Iheme (Pawpaw).
â€œUpon arrival on Saturday evening, Aki was immediately admitted and later wheeled to the theatre in the early hours of Sunday, where one Dr. Charles Davids, a consultant surgeon, successfully performed the operation. He is still at the hospital recuperating and is expected to be discharged within the next two or three days,â€ said a family member.
While confirming the story, the multiple award winning actor said he cannot thank God enough for saving his life.
â€œAzuh, sincerely, to God be the glory that the whole operation went well. Although, Iâ€™m still on the hospital bed recuperating, Iâ€™m full of thanks and praises to God for seeing me through. I also thank my family and friends that rushed me to the hospital and equally kept vigil throughout by praying fervently for me. I also thank my fans and colleagues who kept calling,â€ he said on phone.
On how the whole thing started, the HND Mass Communications graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, said he could not comprehend what could have led to it. â€œI just knew that I was feeling serious pains that Saturday and when I could no longer bear it, I was rushed to the hospital and was on admission till the operation was successfully performed very early the following day. I feel strong and better now and cannot wait to be discharged.â€
Aki, with over one hundred movies to his credit in Nollywood, became a household name when he alongside Pawpaw thrilled movie buffs in the monster hit movie, Aki na Ukwa, from the stable of Kas-Vid International.