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Why I have been away from the movie industry – Actor Chidi Mokeme opens up on battle with incurable disease



Chidi Mokeme, a Nollywood actor turned reality show host, has revealed why he left the industry.

The veteran actor has been largely absent from the film industry, with the spotlight focusing on his battle with an incurable disease.

Chidi Mokeme revealed that he suffers from Bell’s Palsy in an interview with Channels Television.

*Bell’s palsy the paralysis of the facial nerve causing muscular weakness in one side of the face. It may be a reaction to a viral infection and rarely occurs more than once.

Likening the infection to stroke, Chidi Mokeme revealed that it affected one side of his face, and as an actor, he couldn’t make public appearance.

To worsen things, doctors told him the infection was something that is incurable and didn’t have treatment. In his words:

“I have been off the scene for a while after we did the promotional tour for 76.

Before that when we were preparing to go to the UK on a trip for British International Film Festival. I came down with something called Bell’s Palsy. It comes like a stroke and affects one side of your face.

And this was something the doctor said was incurable. They didn’t know what caused it and how to treat it.

As an actor you can imagine what I was going through”.

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