- William told Hitz FM that he has glaucoma and cataract which needs to be attended to urgently
- He could lose his sight if a supposed surgery is not performed on him urgently
- The 60-year-old actor says he needs to virtually go round begging for money to have the surgery done
William Addo, a veteran Ghanaian actor told Hitz FM’s Daybreak Hitz on Wednesday that he is gradually losing his sight.
The actor has been diagnosed with glaucoma and cataract and needs to have an urgent surgery.
“I have to do a surgery on my eye. My vision is very blur. Doctors diagnosed that it is a combination of glaucoma and cataract and I need to be operated upon otherwise it’s going to cause a fracture,” he revealed.
The once vocal actor, sounded sorrowful as he relayed his fears of going blind should he fail to raise the said amount.
Mr Addo, said he has sent letters to some institutions and called on some individuals but has since not heard from them.
“So far, it’s only Kwame Sefa Kayi who has given me something… I have sent copies of the appeal to Cultural Forum, Ghana Actors Guild, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and others but I’m yet to hear from them. That was before the advent of the Easter,” he said.
He failed to disclose details of the help extended to him by the broadcaster, Mr Sefa Kayi adding that he needed his permission before doing that.
When the host, KMJ asked the 60 year-old pensioner about how he feels having been hit by such a situation where he needs to go round looking for help, Mr Addo said he looks back at some decisions he took with regrets.
“It’s unfortunate. I have served this country faithfully. I was at the School of Performing Arts, we had a scholarship to go abroad for training. Out of ten, only two of us came back because I thought I owed my country a lot. Sometimes, I ask if I made the correct decision. I’m a pensioner who took GHC 3,000 as end of service benefit after serving for thirty years. Sometimes I wonder whether we are living in a country which takes notice of once contribution” he noted.
William Addo before appearing in a number of Ghanaian movies was a stage actor who studied at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.
He was retained as a teaching assistant at the school for his brilliance after he graduated.
He later went abroad on scholarship to have his masters done and came back as a lecturer in charge of acting at the Theatre Arts Department of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana.
Willie, as he is famously referred to, was later asked to go and work at the National Theatre where he was in charge of concert party productions.