Veteran Ghanaian Comedian Battling With Ill Health Due To Excessive Drinking

Veteran Ghanaian Comedian Battling With Ill Health Due To Excessive Drinking

Veteran Ghanaian comedian Yaw Donkor popularly known as Nkomode is currently in a bad state of health.

The comedian is now bedridden and has some vital parts of his organs malfunctioning.

On Friday, news of the comedian’s health deteriorating went viral. He was reported to have been having kidney, liver and bladder malfunctioning, causing his use of adult sanitary pads, as he is bedridden.

What was not certain is what might have caused the comedian’s loss of three vital organs altogether. In an updated story, the comedian has admitted that his kidney, liver and bladder failure are due to excessive drinking.

In an Interview with Hitz Fm, Nkomode disclosed that he had been sick for months now and has visited different hospitals seeking for medical assistance but his condition is the same.

Nkomode noted that due to the problem with his bladder he urinates more than 15 times a day, which is causing him to resort to  diapers and  he also finds it difficult talking.

Sources say the comedian started drinking while he was abroad, growing a pot belly in the process and other drinking-related complications. However, doctors saved him but he picked up heavy drinking again after his return to Ghana.

Nkomode further explained that money coming from the Ghanaian movie industry, coupled with seizure of his house by his wife plunged him once again into drinking upon returning to Ghana. The onetime best Key Soap Concert Party Comedian also blamed his current condition on subtle animosity he faced in the movie industry.

He explains that he decided to come Ghana after fellow actor Akrobetu and a few friends asked him to return to do movies because comedy was losing its shine. He said after he shot his first movie, he earned the resentment of some movie makers because he would charge nothing less than GHC1, 000 when the market price then was about GHC200.

He said after a few movies, things started falling apart in his life –culminating in his current state. Asked if he had received any support, he said his cheeks got swollen and his thighs shrunk but no one came to support him except actor Akrobetu.

Nkomode who now finds it difficult talking revealed that his colleague actors have forsaken him in his bad state. He mentioned Akrobeto as the only person who has been helping him on his sick bed. The comedian added that Akrobetu has been very supportive and does check on him from time to time and makes sure he does not lack anything.

According to Hitz FM reporters who visited the comedian in his house, they saw him wearing diapers.

Nkomode, it would be recalled won the Key Soap Concert Party Champion of Champions competition for three consecutive years. He defeated local comedian Bob Okala (Real name: Kwadjo Buabeng) in 1996, to win it for the first time, he beat another comedian called ‘Original 32’ to win the Champion of Champions for the second time; in 1997, and Nkomode defeated Agya Koo (Kofi Adu) who is currently the most popular actor in Ghana in 1998 to win the title for the third time running.

Asked if he regrets ever being an actor and comedian, he said yes, stating that he never got any support from anyone in the industry. He said, the only relationship that exists between movie directors and actors is during shot. After working with them, they do not have any business with you again, they leave you to your fate.

Source: HITZ FM




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