Veteran TV presenter and host of ‘The Gist’, Emma Ugolee has publicly come out for help as he battles kidney failure and chronic kidney disease.
In a new post on his Instagram page, Ugolee revealed he needed about N50 million for a kidney transplant, reaching how to well-wishers to donate funds.
A number of celebrities have been sharing his post and helping him plead for financial help, including DJ Jimmy Jatt and singer D’jinee.
This man right here is my friend turned brother. This man right here is a mentor, an inspiration, a motivator, an extremely brilliant person. This man right here is an asset to the world. He has quietly handled his situation alone for several years but it has now gone beyond him. HE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT!!! PLEASE HELP @emmaugolee get through this. BTW, most people might know him more in recent times as the host of “THE GIST WITH EMMA UGOLEE” on TV.
@emmaugolee 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. Infact 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.
Blogger Linda Ikeji, who had visited him weeks back in the hospital, also wrote a post asking for help.
Having met him personally, I can testify that he’s an amazing person, and if you can help, you should. Contributions may be sent to Emmanuel Ugolee, Zenith Bank 1002786554. You can also text him your prayers on 08033068465.