Top Nollywood actress Kemi Afolabi, has come open to disclose her deplorable health condition and the consequences that befall her. Her doctor said with all medical knowledge he has, it is possible that she may not leave more than five more years on earth again, following her battle with grave ill health. The film star made this open when she featured on the latest episode of #WithChude, published on Friday. According to the interview, Afolabi said she was diagnosed with lupus, an inflammatory disease caused by the immune system attacking its tissues.
“I have lupus. It’s not curable. You just have to take medications for the rest of your life,” she said with tears.
The actress also said the doctor instructed her to always stay with her loved ones due to her health condition.
“Make sure you are with your loved ones. At least, you still have up to five years,” she added.
It is understood that she had lived just one year since the doctor’s pronouncement. In January, Afolabi recounted her near-death experience in 2021 after she was diagnosed with the disease.
The actress said she started preparing for death and even took several measures including writing her will and securing a burial space. She also said it has been a struggle taking medications to reduce pain and ensure that it does not affect her weight — considering the entertainment industry places so much value on appearance.
“Being in an industry that places high value on appearance, it’s been a struggle taking medications that helps ease the pains but affects my weight and people will constantly remind you of how fat you’ve become without hesitations,” she had said.