Popular Nollywood actress, Iheme Nancy, has confirmed the alleged deteriorating mental condition of veteran actor, Hanks Anuku.
A video of a man roaming the streets in tattered clothes, whom many believed to be the actor, surfaced online on Monday, November 14, and sparked concern from fans and well-meaning Nigerians.
The unsettling video shows the man, who bears the same physical appearance as the thespian, looking unkempt and haggard on the streets and talking to himself as people recorded him.
However, his colleague, Shan George, immediately debunked speculations that he’s unwell and shared photos and a video of herself and Hanks working on the set of a movie in Asaba a few days ago.
Well, while actress Shan George claims Hanks is doing fine, fellow Nollywood stars Adanma Luke and Iheme Nancy insist that Hanks is unwell and berated Shan for trying to cover up his troubles rather than helping him get help.
According to Nancy, the majority of Asaba residents and actors are aware of Hanks’ condition. She also recounted an encounter with him at a restaurant where he almost beat her up for no reason.
“I have been trying to keep calm and mind my business since yesterday but my conscience wouldn’t let me, this disturbing video of Legendary Uncle Hanks Anuku surfaced on internet which is true, which is his reality @shangeorgefilms came out to debunk it instead of letting him get the help he needs atlast, instead of allowing people help him you cancelled a truth. Why na? Uncle Hanks condition is not a secret to any Asaba based actor neither is it to most Asaba resident as most people have seen him in different odd locations in abnormal state.
Personally I have had an encounter with him at 1side bar where I normally buy fish pepper soup whenever I’m in Asaba, this incident happened last month on the 27th of October, where he almost beat me up for no reason, he said some hurting words to me and @ujunwa_aninneji but we kept calm because he wasn’t himself, from that day I prayed he could get help and finally yesterday that God was about to answer that prayer, you stopped it for reasons best known to you. Drinking to stupor, walking around Asaba is not new. Pls this post is to plead to well meaning Nigerians. Hanks Anuku needs help”.
See her post below,