In a stern warning, legendary actor Kanayo O. Kanayo has reprimanded activist Reno Omokri and controversial commentator VeryDarkMan for exploiting his colleague Mr. Ibu’s illness to gain attention on social media. On Wednesday, veteran Nigerian comic actor John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, shared a video disclosing his diagnosis with a severe illness that could jeopardize his leg. Seeking help and prayers, Mr. Ibu’s heartfelt plea triggered reactions from various quarters.
Reno Omokri took to social media, urging Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi to assist the ailing actor. Concurrently, VeryDarkMan criticized the Nollywood industry for its failure to establish a welfare system for its veterans, deeming the situation a disgrace.
In response, Kanayo O. Kanayo, through a video posted on his verified Instagram account, expressed his dismay at individuals exploiting Mr. Ibu’s misfortune for personal gain. He emphasized the cruelty of gaining attention through someone else’s suffering and called for discreet acts of kindness without seeking social media acclaim.
Speaking passionately in both English and Igbo, Kanayo condemned Reno Omokri’s actions, describing them as wicked and unkind. He also called out VeryDarkMan and Uche Maduagwu for their insensitive remarks, asserting that they lacked the moral high ground to criticize others.
Kanayo O. Kanayo clarified that supporting a colleague is an individual choice and should not be used as a means to attack those who have not yet contributed. He underscored the collective efforts of the Actors Guild of Nigeria in aiding Mr. Ibu, emphasizing that some individuals preferred to contribute privately, without public recognition.
The actor firmly stated that no one should exploit Mr. Ibu’s name for personal gain or seek attention at the expense of his colleague’s predicament. He cautioned against using sensitive situations to gain popularity and stressed the importance of genuine empathy and support within the entertainment industry.
Kanayo O. Kanayo’s strong message serves as a reminder of the ethical boundaries that should be respected, even in the realm of social media activism. His words echo the sentiment that genuine compassion and assistance should prevail over self-serving motives, especially when it comes to supporting those in need within the close-knit community of actors.
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Kanayo O. Kanayo knocks Reno Omokri and the likes of Deji Adeyanju for chasing clouts with Mr. Ibu’s illness. pic.twitter.com/pBY4ncd6sl
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