On September 7, 2017, it became public knowledge that Sadiq Daba has Leukemia.
Months later, the veteran is now set to be flown to the United Kingdom for his treatment.
This was revealed by veteran broadcaster Soni Irabor, who alongside Joe Odumakin, has been soliciting for pubic support for the veteran.
“It’s time to say thanks to you all; Sadiq Daba is set to move out for the UK where he will start treatment. While we say thanks, we say please let’s not be stuck midway with this, we still need more from you.
The account is still up and we look forward to receiving from you. God bless you.”
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Daba found out about his ailment toward the end of 2015, after he thought he had malaria and went to a hospital in Abuja for a test.
Daba has been living on a drug called Gleevec, which costs about 1.7 million naira. Although Daba gets the drug free-of-charge from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, courtesy of a foreign foundation, it is still very expensive to purchase off the counter.
Four days after crowdfunding and the actor’s United Bank for Africa (UBA) current account No. 1005382276 was disclosed, over 10 million naira was realized.
A news anchor, reporter, actor and editor, Sadiq’s role as Bitrus in the 1970s drama “Cockcrow at Dawn” brought his acting career into the limelight.
In 2016, Sadiq Daba received the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the growth of the Nigerian film industry.
The renowned veteran is also popular for films and soap operas including: “Behind the Clouds”, “October 1,” “A Place like Home”, “Soweto”, and “Moment of Truth”.