Veteran broadcaster and ‘king of talk shows’, Emma Ugolee back in June revealed he has been battling kidney disease for four years now.
Now, doctors say his blood vessels are collapsing from 5 years of dialysis. Nigerian singer, Djinee and Sound Sultan took to Instagram to collectively ask for help from Nigerians.
Djinee wrote, "Emma Ugolee called me yesterday and his words were, "Bro, the doctors said they can't continue to prick me anymore. My blood vessels are collapsing from 5 years of dialysis. They said I have to do the surgery now". I sunk.
Because I've been with him for close to half the dialysis sessions and witnessed first hand the pain that comes with the many complications including one failed kidney transplant. How he remains so strong and optimistic beats me.
My friend is not perfect but he is a good soul and deserves better from life. Always looking out for everyone even in his state. In fact, I witnessed one of those sessions where he paid for another patient who was in the same ward, strapped to the dialyser as he was.
And there were many of such bailouts from Emma. His refusal for 5years to solicit for public help characterises Emma's personality. Some might call it pride but I call it the refusal of a man to burden others with "his problem".
So when he called yesterday, it wasn't that he had given up but our (his friends) collective cry for help. Please, I beg of you, look at the picture attached to the post. Support with any amount. HE NEEDS THE SURGERY NOW! NO MORE DIALYSIS! God bless you as you've read this."
The 39-year-old presenter had his first TV stint with Minaj Broadcast International (MBI) between 2000 – 2004. He hails from Abia State and holds OND in Banking and Finance, Bsc in Economics and a MBA in Marketing.