Veteran actor, Kofi Laing, has made a passionate appeal to Ghanaians to show him love while he is still alive and not wait till his death.
According to ‘Kohwe’, as he is popularly known, the plight of old actors who, through their talents, brought laughter and smiles on the faces of Ghanaians some time ago, is nothing to write home about.
“In our days, the movie industry was not rewarding in monetary terms while the movie producers and directors also had their favourite actors so we couldn’t acquire any wealth despite our hard work,” he said.
Speaking in an interview on Adom FM’s Work and Happiness, Kohwe said some of his colleagues died as paupers in sorrow because there was no support for them.
“It is unfortunate that people will wait for you to die before they show love but I am pleading with them to do it for me now while I am still alive,” he said.
He added: “I will appreciate your kind gesture no matter how small it may be in your eyes. You can send your support through my mobile money number, 0244437963.”
Kohwe is known for the active roles he played in Ghana’s ‘Akan Drama’ series and the popular ‘District Colonial Court.’
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I can’t even afford a car tyre
He also said life has been unbearable for him and that he cannot even afford a car tyre since his fame in the movie industry has waned.
When asked of the wealth he has acquired through comedy, he said: “I cannot even boast of a car tyre despite my years of service with the Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as the film industry.”
According to Kohwe, he made very little from ‘Akan Drama’ series and the industry as a whole because his aim was to exhibit his talent but not to pursue wealth.
I would have died if not for comedy
The veteran revealed that he would have died if not for comedy which he believes has sustained him.
To Kohwe, though he cannot boast of any wealth acquired through acting, he is excited he was able to showcase his talent and entertained the world.
“Though we had to accept any role because the directors and producers had their favourite people and we were paid little, I am glad I was able to entertain people with my God-given talent and did the work, not for money,” he said.
Recounting some of the challenges he has faced, the veteran actor disclosed he had to quit his job at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1965, for comedy.
“I don’t regret acting comedy because I would have died long ago like some of my colleagues died out of depression, sorrow and as paupers,” he said.