Nigerian A-list actor Chidi Mokeme has revealed that he had Bell’s Palsy which is a condition that causes sudden weakness in the muscles on one side of the face.
Mokeme, one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood, who inexplicably disappeared from the screens for a long period of time made the disclosure on Channels Television’s Rubbin Minds on Sunday.
The Gulder Ultimate Search anchor revealed that he had Bell’s Palsy which is a condition that causes sudden weakness in the muscles on one side of the face.
“Yeah I have been off the film for a while. After we did the promotional tour for 76 and we went to the Toronto International Film Festival.
“I will say something that I haven’t actually said somewhere else because after that, as we were preparing to go to the UK for the British International Film Festival, I came down with something called Bell’s Palsy, it was the first time I was hearing it.
“Bell’s Palsy comes like a stroke and it’s something that affects one side of your face and sort of gives you a droop. It was something that the doctors felt was incurable because they didn’t know what causes it and they didn’t know how to treat it.
“So, as an actor, if you come down with something that affects your face, you can imagine what I must have been going through at that time.”
“I thought it was something I could move around with, I tried to come for the Lagos premiere of 76 at the time but the attention was sort of focused on the face rather than the premiere,” he said.