“To Buy Even Pant Na War; If Government Does Not Come To Help Me Now, Then I Will Die Very Soon” – Nollywood Actor

Romanus Uchenna Amuta, AKA Natty
Romanus Uchenna Amuta, AKA Natty

Seeing them on the big screen and on TV makes us believe they live considerably well, with the celebrity tag making us assume they have all they want, but alas, this is not Hollywood! Events of recent times have shown us these actors aren’t as rich as they act in movies. It gets worse for someone who acts poor in movies, most of them are actually poor. A look portraying poverty makes them ideal for the roles they play, so to say.

For Mr. Romanus Uchenna Amuta aka Natty, he acts poor in movies – he is actually poor. Acting has never really gotten him enough money to live comfortably. He has been down with stroke since 2006, and his financial incapability to get required treatment has worsened his case.

He cannot even afford good clothes or the good things of life, he says, adding that virtually all the property in his residence was acquired in the 1970s and changing them has become a mission impossible.

“Even the best clothes in my wardrobe were bought in 1984 when I made some reasonable money working with Daily Times Newspaper as an Advert Representative in Enugu. Since then, to buy even pant na war,” he stated.

Natty could not hold back tears in an interview with Punch as he lamented, “Will I be poor in New Masquerade and still be poor in real life, and even now that I’m about to die?”

“I’m … … so, so, so, so poor that I could not even cure the stroke when it was just starting. Now that it (the stroke) is even worse, there is no money to even enjoy myself, even if na small enjoyment before I quench like my mama wey die a long time ago.”

Natty came into limelight starring as a true representation of the ‘poverty class’ of the Nigerian society in the New Masquerade series, which was aired on the Nigeria Television Authority for many years.

“I have reached out to my friends, but it appears they have abandoned me to die.”

“For my people (his relatives), they have tried, but they can’t kill themselves. My children have also done their best for me,” he stated.

Despite several overtures to government officials and political appointees through notable personalities in Enugu State, Natty said he had been ignored.

“I believe that if government comes to help me my problems will be over. But the more they delay in coming, the more my body dies, and soon the entire Natty will just die and leave you people.

“If they (government) can send me to any of the best hospitals in the world, I will surely get better and bounce back to life.”

Natty doesn’t just want money; he wants the Enugu State Government to give also him land.

“They should give me land. I need a land and money from government. I need money; plenty money,” he pleaded.

“I will invest in the land or sell it so that I can treat myself or at least take care of myself instead of this poverty.”

“They should give me plenty money, enough to take me out of this country for treatment.”

“If government does not come to help me now, then I will die very soon,” Natty concluded.

Natty is married to Mrs. Cordelia Amuta, a primary school teacher and they have two male and four female children. They are all living in different places.

He hails from Udi Local Government Area in Enugu State and his children are all grown-ups. Poverty never stopped Natty from being naughty; unknown to many, he has a 12-year-old son from another woman whose identity is not known.

One of the surviving members of the New Masquerade cast is Chief Chika Okpala, aka ‘Zebrudaya’. Zebrudaya, who was the lead cast of the series, was approached for comments on Natty’s state and he said, “It is really unfortunate that Nigerian actors have been left to die. I don’t know why calamity has chosen to befall the film industry, especially the cast of the New Masquerade that is almost wiped out.”

James Iroha (Giringory Akabuogu), Christy Essien-Igbokwe (Apena), and Claude Eke (Jegede Shokoya) are all dead, while Davis Offor (Clarus) is currently blind.

“If Natty dies without the government coming to his aid, it will be so bad. But I know that death is a necessary end that must come when it will and so we will not run away from death.

“We don’t know how we came into this world and we don’t know what we signed with God when we were coming.

“All we know is that we came into this world, we met each other and we propagated the show and the show worked. So anywhere God plucks one off, so be it.

“I will keep praying for Natty and we hope something good will come, and early, before it might become late.”

24 Comments

  • People never cease to amuse me,just because he is an actor,he want enugu state govt to give him (plenty plenty money and land) if he is asking govt to help him treat himself,it will be reasonable but reading this intervew makes one to wonder if he realy need help or want a share of national cake,in his early acting days, did he work for free?he shld thank God for making him very porpular,if he did not save for rainy days!,let him wait for the govt,they will soon come.

    • @Osinachi, To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. I’m shocked at ur irresponsible & inhumane comment. Do u know what tomorrow holds for u and ur family??? Do u think it’s easy saving for rainy day in Nigeria when ur take home pay can’t even take u to bus stop. Hint: Since u av bn working, check ur account(s) and think of how much u av bn able to save so far…. Then think twice!!!
      As for his asking for plenty money from Govt, please what else do u expect him to ask for if not money. Bro, it’s high time u used ur head, not just ur mouth.

    • @osinachi i no sure say you go school, if at all you go, that means you nah get brain, and if at al you get brain, you be born troway, and if at all you nah be born troway you be DEVIL and enemy of progress….

  • It’s unfortunate that these vintage entertainers did not seem to reap financial rewards from their industry as it is in the western world where entertainers are usually comfortable. One can also detect a hint of senility in the man with his comments attesting to his deteriorating mental state probably due to age and hardship.

    Well, a lot of us who enjoyed his talents as an actor would be willing to assist if he provided the avenue, perhaps by disclosing his bank acct, etc people who loved him wil make donations to his fund if he had one…they should think of such things and forget about the govt. Govt. In Nigeria never cared for the citizens…

    • please , whoever has help should come to the aid of natty, our governments can not be relied upon , if natty is asking for a part of the national cake , he did not ask do much , he worked for it and deserves it , unfortunately , we are in a country run be those who never valued talents when is never from their family members or friends. natty should disclose his bank accounts to the public for help

  • I pray u get healed in Jesus amen. Amen. Pls good people of Nigeria, kindly help this our brother if by any means u are in position to help. An injury to one is an injury to all. Dear Lord, please help this Your son(Romanus Amuta) to get well, for this i pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

  • Don’t you think God is not happy over the life the actors and actresses are living? Because they want to make money they live a life that does not glorify God, some are joining secret society, using the power to fight their them selfs, Corrupting the children. God wants all of you to repent. Earlier the better.

    • I’m your American Sista, sending much love and respect to ALL of my African Sistas and Brothas. As heartbreaking as this story is, and it truly is…I totally agree with, “Dontyouthink?”

      We reap what we sow. The Entertainment Industry is DARK and filled with EVIL WAYS, behind closed doors. Not to mention, in front of our eyes. Our Protector said “DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR WAYS”…FIRST COMMANDMENT. Of course we will suffer for going against His Laws. He will not protect our SINS or take away His CURSES. He promises that. We must get back to HIS LAWS and NO OTHERS!! Following WORLDLY WAYS will always end in TRAGEDY! i.e….Bisi, Yetunde, MC Loph and the list goes on and on in Africa, India, America….etc. May we all find our paths and stay on them.

  • @osinachi i no sure say you go school, if at all you go, that means you nah get brain, and if at al you get brain, you be born troway, and if at all you nah be born troway you be DEVIL and enemy of progress…. Baba God go tile your road ….

  • They should caRry dis Man go church mak dem do Miracle to comot d stroke…..pastor lik TB Joshua, Pst christ Oyakilome , Oyedepo etc.

    If daT is impossible…. I pray to God of Heaven n Earth to send Helper dat wil provide d Money with out Stress!

  • all comments made have being very contributory. But you all need to ask your selves this question… Everything happening in nigeria movie industry, are they empty handed? Imagine the roles they play on the big screen, some act as satan itself, why won’t satan come after you when you are done with the movie. So far many have died, many disappear, many in bad health conditions. The 9ja actor who died of recent was flawn to india, and stayed on that sick bed for a very Long time b4 his death. Once u re a super star, movie star, soccer star, u must either serve God fully or u serve the opposite fully as well or be ready to be a victim Like natty and others. God help….

  • At Natty‘s age his children are surpose to be taking care of him, ie if he had trained them. Natty, where re ur children? If u wait 4 9ja govt, my broda u go kpenme ooooooo

  • Osinachi made a point there,
    Obviously i can conclude he didnt state his particular need.
    from they interview u can see that natty does nt want treatment coz to him,he blvd he would die soon,he simply needed money and land to give to his children,
    when i was reading this i sympathised wt him but reading tha last paragraphs were sometin else ..

    Government would ignore him for that last statements as well all know how 9ja do things.

    Obviously that land stuff is stupidity .

  • @Osinachi, u are a fool & devil Incarnate. How much will Natty save in those days in 70s? Were you born then? How much do they pay him then? U hv a fader. U wil grow old & become a father, then nemesis will catch up with you. Idiot! KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

  • This should be a lesson everyone that when u ar working or doing biz try to invest for future cos this is as a result of mismanagement. Where they not payin him them? So stop crucifyin Osinachi cos his own mind. I pray dt God wil touch d govt of his state and individuals as wel to help to him, and my advice to other young actors/actresses is to learn from Naty’s predicament and stop relyin on govt cos nobody choose d discipline for them. I rest my case

  • This should be a lesson to everyone that when u ar working or doing biz try to invest for future cos this is as a result of mismanagement. Where they not payin him then? So stop crucifyin Osinachi cos he has said his own mind. I pray dt God wil touch d govt of his state and individuals as wel to help to him, and my advice to other young actors/actresses is to learn from Naty’s predicament and stop relyin on govt cos nobody choose d discipline for them. I rest my case

  • Love ur neighbour as ur self.neva u judge anybdy. Offer anytn u can afford to a needy.no mata d conditn r request.

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