His comment came in the wake of reports that former Ghana Actors Guild President, Nii Odoi Mensah who died on Monday, needed $26,000 to undergo kidney treatment.
Speaking on Hitz FM’s Daybreak Hitz, an emotional Ashes who could not fathom why actors beg for support to help them pay their medical bills, called for structures to be put in place in order to make sure that actors are well to do.
“Why do our celebrities die paupers? It will get to a time everyone will venture into politics and you cannot blame them because what is in the acting field for me [them]? I end up soliciting for funds in times of need and if I don’t get the said amount, I pass on. Look at Nkommode, Okala and the likes,” he said.
Adding, “The creative arts industry needs structures. The question I’m asking is, why do we have the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana? Those who choose that field, where is their job market? We don’t even have a theatre.”
Reports suggest that veteran comedians, Nkommode and Bob Okala went through tough times before they passed on.
Samuel Kwadwo Buabeng, popularly known as Bob Okala, died at the Koforidua Hospital, Sunday dawn after he collapsed on stage during a carnival at the Koforidua Jackson Park while Yaw Donkor, known in showbiz circles as Nkommode kicked the bucketafter battling with kidney and liver problems.
Meanwhile, Slip Music boss, Mark Okraku-Mantey has dispelled assertions that Nii Odoi Mensah died poor.
“Nii Odoi didn’t die a pauper. He had a fine house. We should not create the impression that he died poor. You can spend all you have because you want to know what you are suffering from. And by the time you get to know what you are suffering from, you would have spent all you had," he said on the same platform.