For those who have been watching TV since the days of the Village Headmaster, the name Tunde Alabi, will certainly ring a bell, as he was one of the regular characters in the now rested TV series.
But the trending news on the old thespian is that, he’s laying critically ill at the Lagos General Hospital, with one of his leg set for amputation in other to save his life.
Mr Alabi, who is said to currently have no home, money or anybody to help him, except for few colleagues like Paul Julius is even on the verge of being evicted from the hospital because he has no money to sustain his stay in the hospital and for further treatment.
According to sources close to him, the veteran actor has been battling diabetes for years with no treatment because of lack of money. All efforts to seek for help from different quarters have proved abortive.
However, in the bid to safe the thespian life, actor and movie director, Paul Julius and a few others have decided to cry out for help.
‘If there’s a better word to use in the place of veteran, then that should come for this old war horse in the world of make believe. Uncle Tunde Alabi has been on the acting scene since the glorious days of television drama in Nigeria and he’s today one of the last remnants of that octopus called The Village Headmaster, a television drama that was the in – thing in its days on National Television. His role in the now rested soap opera ‘PALACE’ produced by Ralph Nwadike was one that viewers will not forget in haste. This thorough breed professional of the old order who is equally at home with the youngsters of today, impacting knowledge and valuable experience into them whenever he has the opportunity is currently down with ailment which has put his right foot in danger to the point of amputation if urgent help is not given. He’s lying helplessly at the General Hospital, Lagos waiting to lose his right leg or even worse. He has done his part by putting smiles on the faces and happiness to the lives of millions home and abroad, it’s our turn to help him. Nothing is too small…HE will appreciate your candid help. Thanks and God bless