Popular Nollywood actor and filmmaker, Chidi Mokeme has opened up on why he took a break from the movie industry.
The thespian who made a comeback in the recently released Netflix series, Shanty Town, revealed he was battling Bell’s palsy, which made him stay away from the movie scene.
Speaking on Channel TV’s Rubbin’ Minds, Chidi likened the infection to stroke and explained that it caused one side of his face to droop.
He added that the doctors told him it was incurable, so he went through a lot trying to get back to his old self.
“I have been off the scene for a while after we did the promotional tour for 76. Before that when we were preparing to go to the UK on a trip for British International Film Festival. I came down with something called Bell’s Palsy. It comes like a stroke and affects one side of your face. And this was something the doctor said was incurable. They didn’t know what caused it and how to treat it. As an actor you can imagine what I was going through”. He said.
Watch him speak below,
According to an article on Mayo Clinic, Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes sudden weakness in the muscles on one side of the face. In most cases, the weakness is temporary and significantly improves over weeks. The weakness makes half of the face appear to droop. Smiles are one-sided, and the eye on the affected side resists closing.