Peter Bunor, the Nigerian actor, who succumbed to stroke Friday, had decried the inability of his colleagues to empathize while his ailment lasted. He lamented how his industry colleagues wished him dead through their inaction, his futile effort to get medical help from the governor and painful betrayal from his friend and one of the industry’s best, Richard Mofe-Damijo. Bunor, aged 55, died in Asaba, Delta state, after a protracted battle with stroke.
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“This man Richard, I remember we did a lot of things together before now. That is the world for you. In fact, he organised and hosted me when I visited Asaba, when I was healthy. He promised this and that, but the moment I had this problem, he started dodging me.
“I remember one day that I managed to get to his office in Asaba to seek his assistance. Upon seeing me, approaching from afar he told his personal assistants to tell me that he was not around. But he did not know that I saw him from a very far place.
“That is human being for you. For me, this stroke has thought me a lesson and I have learnt not to put my trust in any man as my bible tells me.
Up till now, many of them believed I would die.
“I had a stroke and that was the end of it. I was unconscious, and if you are unconscious you are dead. It was when I opened my eyes that I realised that I was in a church here in Delta State. I don’t even know when they brought me down to this place. When I opened my eyes, I was so hungry.
I had not eaten for along time. All I could remember was that I was in admission for a long time before they took me to a church where God healed me.
“Again, all I can say now is “Thank my God that I am alive. I have also given my life to Jesus Christ as you can see that I am now a Pastor”.
“Let me tell you the truth, after I had this stroke I did not know how I was looking. That is why I am not happy with this so-called people you call my colleagues. But I forgive all of them because God has transformed my life. Do you know that some of them that I had hoped on have not even made any effort to assist me and 1 believe that they are all aware of my present condition? I remember there were some of them I met recently. Do you know that when they saw me they were surprise because of the way they were looking, at me? They made me look like a Methuselah. They never recognised me because my face was not looking good.”
On whether other interests apart from Nollywood has made any effort to assist him, he hinted that government is yet to come to his assistance.
“I went to speak with my state governor and I believe he is a wonderful man. He has a great passion for all Deltans. But I am still trying my best to see how I could reach Governor Uduaghan, which has not been possible. I believe that if l can have access to him, he will assist me. Since this thing happened there has been no single actor that called me to ask about my condition. It is a shame to them.
“Would they say they don’t know that 1 have been down in the last one year? I am saying this because I know what I did for many of them. I now feel that the industry is full of ungrateful people.
“I actually do not think it is now necessary to have any bad feeling against any of them because many of them, especially, the young actors think that money is everything. But that is hypocrisy. When one is sick, then he knows who is his or her friend. I thank God that he has not ignored me. God has showered his blessings on me and that is why I am happy.”
During his acting career, Bunor starred in various soaps and home videos, including epic series, Cock Crow At Dawn, Checkmate, Third Eye, Second Chance, Living in Bondage and Glamour Girls.
Interview, culled from Sunday Compass