Renowned Nigerian actor, Hanks Anuku has called on Nigerians to raise funds for him to keep life going. Hanks disclosed that he has been jobless for years.
He made this known in a short video shared on his official Instagram page, which has now gone viral. In the video, the actor pleaded with the general public to help him raise money to tackle issues that are presently weighing him down.
Hanks also called on the Delta state Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to respond to his cry for help in this difficult time of his life.
With teary eyes, the actor recounted how he invested so many years of his life making Nigerians happy through his catchy movie roles, yet ended up with nothing to his name.
“Well, I’m going to address my fans and those who truly love me, including my Governor, Sheriff. I have worked for this country, I have attained the height of being a legend.
“I’ve had no jobs for God knows how many years and I expected Nigerians to also know that I did it all for them.
“I’m going to ask the Governor. Sherrif, please send support to me and my fans who truly love and appreciate the works I’ve done for them. I’ll send my account number, if you think you truly love me. May God help you all. Help me.”
Last year, November 2022, Hanks was spotted roaming the streets of Asaba in a viral video, looking unkempt. Fans were concerned that he could be suffering from possible mental illness.
However, the actor promptly dismissed all speculations about his mental health, stating that he was healthy and sound.
Hanks Anuku was a household name back in the early 2000s. He was well loved by many lovers of Nigerian movies, especially for his talent, and the way he bodied his gangster roles. His fluent English and catchy American accent was another thing. The debate surrounding his accent still hasn’t died down, as many believe the accent is fake.
Some of his hit movies include; Broad Daylight (2001), Formidable Force (2002), The Senator (2003), Bitter Honey (2005), and The Captor (2006), among others.
Anuku’s role in the political thriller “The Senator” catapulted him into instant fame. The movie was produced and directed by the legendary Teco Benson.
Recently, many veteran Nollywood actors have come out publicly to seek financial help. Some of them include Amaechi Muonagor, who is presently battling a stroke, and paralysed on one side of his body.
Before Chief Muonagor, John Okafor, known as Mr. Ibu, also cried out for financial help. Unfortunately, his leg was amputated days after money was raised for his medical expenses.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has faced backlash for neglecting legends in the industry who are no longer in the spotlight.