Emerging feelers indicate that ailing music producer and songwriter, Babatunde Okungbowa, aka OJB Jezreel, may be travelling to India for a kidney transplant and treatment in India before the end of this week.
Although the identity of the Indian hospital that will handle the producer’s surgery has not been made known to his numerous fans, our correspondent gathered from close sources that all arrangement, regarding the hospital bills, travel expenses, his feeding and accommodation in the Asian country, has been concluded.
Jezreel was said to have spent the past weeks undergoing dialysis at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja. Each operation allegedly cost about N90,000 and this excludes the drugs prescribed for him by the doctors.
A timely donation of $100,000 to the OJB Fund Raising Committee by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, early in July, had finally guaranteed the much-needed trip to India. Amaechi’s kind gesture ended several weeks of anxiety for the relatives, fans, friends, colleagues and well wishers of the producer, who were involved in a campaign to raise the sum of N15m required to cover the expenses for his treatment.
However, the donation put paid to the controversy that had previously sneaked in on members of the fund raising committee and consequently, threatened the progress of the Save-OJB campaign.