So, so, so sad! Nollywood lost yet another young and promising filmmaker, OTU NJAMA to HBP/Heart attack! He didn’t wake up from sleep today! Complained to close friends/family that his BP shot up and as such needed rest. Switched off his phone, locked himself up in the room and slept off. He did not wake up‼️ To think that he had a well-publicised event tomorrow in Lagos in memory of the legendary musician, Nico Mbaga of the “Sweet Mother” fame, shows clearly to all the irony and futility of life! As a younger colleague, he discussed this project with me with unusual passion and enthusiasm. He practically drained me of all the advice I could give to him on this maiden edition of the project that would have become an annual event.

This is what happened, from FACTS AVAILABLE;

  1. He went to a hospital on the island yesterday afternoon and asked for his BP to be checked. The first reading was 197 and the second reading was 200. The hospital nurses asked him to wait to see the doctor immediately. Otu told them that he would like to go home first and have a bath and come back. He left
  2. The (1) above might have been the ‘medical emergency’ he texted to someone.
  3. He got home and never went back to the hospital. Last night, his door was forced open and his body was found ‘as if he had struggled with himself’ while his vital organs were shutting down. He was dead when he was found.
  4. His death is apparently medically related.
  5. It’s early to deduce but the hospital staff should have forced him to stay or declare him an emergency patient immediately they saw the reading on his BP. That hospital is culpable too in his death.
  6. Otu might have been uninformed about the effects of a high BP and thought it was something he could just ‘go home and change and come back’ for. Please let’s all take our health seriously.
  7. The show he was planning must have triggered his stress levels without his knowing.

Rest in peace Otu Njama.

-Alex Eyengho

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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