Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How A Man Smokes And Drinks Should Not Be Anyone’s Worries, Charles Novia Defends Muna Obiekwe

I never really met him nor knew him personally but I admired his acting skills onscreen whenever I watched the movies he featured in. He was an actor who had a panache beyond comparison in many of his roles. I always thought he was damned good.

That he is dead is a sad reality. That he died at all when he lived and still lives in our hearts and on our screens is the painful jolt to our systems. Because in Nollywood, actors (and good ones too, in Muna’s mould) never really die. They only transcend to another place where, perhaps, the ovation they receive over there gives lasting peace to their souls.

N.B it's smokes and not spokes. Big typo. Was rushing out.

What can one really say about Muna? I never knew much about him and perhaps many people did not as well. He seemed to live a life less glimpsed in personal details than that more appreciated on the television screens. He seemed to me to be a recluse.

And I might be wrong here but when one reads his body language with the benefit of hindsight, one could begin to piece together a deliberate insulation by the gifted actor from the public eye. And there is nothing wrong with that. Many talented creatives all over the world are like that. But Muna’s case stands out because it seemed like our nosey and sensational entertainment press just could not get anything on him. There were few stories or scandals about him and more reviews about his body of work which is quite the hallmark of an artiste who exploits a mystique around him.

He kept his life private and perhaps, that privacy was as much a tragic flaw as it was a commendable decision, depending on how one views it. He shunned selfies and self-serving instagram posts about material acquisitions. He could well have lied, as most of his colleagues do about his material wealth, just to ‘belong’. But he kept it real. He did. I respect that.

I have read some reports on his death online and while the veracity of such is yet to be final on my part, there were tales of his battle with Kidney Disease for a few years and his weekly Dialysis treatments which he hid from the public all these years and known only to his close family. It was reported that he shunned all entreaties by those in the know to raise funds for him through a public appeal and preferred to plan a stage show which would have helped him out of the medical financial demands. If that was indeed true, it was quite unfortunate. Because I believe there would be few souls who would not have donated to a Save Muna fund, if only to help in giving the actor a second lease of life.

Other reports say that he was a heavy drinker of hard liquor and smoked a lot and there were assertions that these must have caused his health issues. There’s nothing much to say about that. Artistes generally imbibe in habits which act as a counterbalance to the demands of their jobs. How a man smokes and drinks should not be anyone’s worries. It is the self-moderation switch in the artiste which should be scrutinized when such happens rather than what he does in his leisure.

There was no doubt that Muna was a great actor. But he came across, to me, as one who had more of a brooding disposition all the time off camera than one with a happy mien. He was more of a mystery as a soft-spoken actor with a scowl and while that attribute in a better clime would have added to his personal brand power, over here it (that mystery about him) alienated him somehow from the fawning fans.

I find it personally distasteful that someone, and someone perhaps consumed by grief or tactlessness, could release the pictures of his last dying moments online. To prove what point? That he was really dead? That he indeed was in a coma before he died?

It was the most dishonourable thing to his memory to show him sprawled on a car seat, unconscious. In these days of social media, where pictures never disappear, those final pictures are what would be used to remember him more than others.

Muna was a damn good actor, really! And I do not think his death is a closing of the final curtains of his act.

43 comments:

  1. Ladun, please correct the spelling error...You wrote "Spokes" instead of Smokes

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    1. such a grt loss. handsome√ acts well√ private√√



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  3. I support charles word on muna'sways of life.

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  4. It is never right to say what you don't know. All those saying he is a heavy drinker or smoker are just fabricating stories


    God knows all

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  5. Very very through. I know people who never drink or smoke yet Have kidney issue*

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  6. I liked is acting,may is soul RIP

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  7. I liked is acting,may his soul RIP

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  8. Charles Novia don com again oo.

    R.I.P @Muna Obiekwe

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  9. Ladun it is smokes not spokes ,so kindly correct yourself

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  10. @Ladun....smoke and not "spoke"


    However, he is long dead and gone....we should be the one to live right....

    Eat right
    Don't drink...stop it
    Don't smoke....stop it


    If u pour liquor on a meat... I mean fresh meat....u see it shrink...... Then just imagined u consuming this liquor into ur body system.... D kidney will shrink as well



    Let us live right


    Rip beloved @Muna.....

    Till u meet ur loved ones at the resurrection morning.



    @Galore

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  11. This is the type of life a celebrity should live because you never know what tomorrow have in stock for you. All those making social networks viz facebook twitter and instagram their second home should learn

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  12. Ladun, I am sure you meant "smoke" on the headline. - Naijanewsrave.com

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  13. You are right



    #celebrities#privacy#

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  14. Haba MsLadun, how a man "spokes?

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  15. This guy always seeking attention, allow the dead to rest please. #EndTimeTinz

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  16. DIX CHARLES NOVIA OWN Z BECOMING 2 MUCH ABEG,

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  17. DIX CHARLES NOVIA OWN Z BECOMING 2 MUCH ABEG,

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  18. If how a man smokes n drinks shouldnt be people's business then why should an illness resulting from d habit be people's business? My ppint is people should try (it might not be easy) but work towards living healthy. I know shit can happen to anyone but try avoid habits that can be dangerous to ur wellbeing

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  19. Charles na grammar u dey speak u no dey for d industry why u no help mtchewwwww Rip muna

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  20. Nice write up, but dere is a point i don't agree with* A man spokes and drinks should not be anyone's worries* A different case now, do u mean when a child is fund of stealing all d time should not be anyone's worries too, if i am not quoting u wrong, instead of speaking sense into his head,and the consequences dat follows. Seriously i don't understand wat u mean by dat words. If i can get a beta explanation. Continue to RIP muna.

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  21. Well written sir. RIP to the dead

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  22. hmm.. may his soul rest in peace

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  23. If the amount of cigarettes they burn and number of bottles they down isn't anyone bis, then their death and health shouldn't bother us.

    There's a proverb in yoruba which say" tell your neighbors to watch they eat so they will allow you sleep at night"

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    1. who bothered u for anything? If u choose to be bothered or not...who cares?

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  24. He is right. How a man smokes or drinks should not be other people's business. It should be best known to them

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  25. He is right. How a man smokes or drinks should not be other people's business. It should be best known to them

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  26. The federal ministry of health warns that smokers are liable to die young

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  27. I said it, I know you will not post my comment because I corrected you bad grammar. Take note it Smoke and not Spoke. Chief "grammarian"

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  28. Freebon zin you're nothing but Blog Prostitute from Linda,to stella,to Mimi now Ladun...stop being a male bitch and stick your ass in one spot...

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    1. @Anon oloshi
      How u take know?

      If no be say u sef dey waka up n down.... Having more than one blog ID......but he has no time for all that rubbish.... So he has just one blog ID....and he can visit where ever.....he did not tie his placenta with anyone


      If to say na me u talk to...I for no answer u....I don't answer people......but bcos na person u dey talk to...I decided to answer


      Go n die....@Anon for nothing



      @Galore

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  29. He was such a fine actor,RIP Muna and Charles is right this time.

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