Filmmaker Chidi Mokeme of Nollywood has explained why he took a sabbatical from performing.
The role interpreter claimed in a Channels TV interview on Monday that he took a sabbatical from the film business to concentrate on his health.
Mokeme, who played a lead character in the recently released film Shanty Town, revealed that he suffered from a facial disorder, Bell’s Palsy.
“We were preparing to go for a trip to the UK for the British International film festival and I was suffering from something called Bell’s palsy, it comes like a stroke and it affects one side of the eye and the doctor said it was incurable because they did not know how to treat it.
“For an actor, if you come back with something that affects your face, you can imagine what it might look like at that time; I wanted to come for the premiere for the 76 at the time, but the attention was more focused on the face at the time than the premier, and it was not something I could work with. I decided to take time off to go sort out the problem’’he said.
The actor, who claimed to be mentally strong added, “I am a student of life and I take life very seriously and I focus on God.”