Nigerian actress, Foluke Daramola-Salako has disclosed that the majority of deaths that happen to veteran actors are as a result of depression when they eventually get forgotten.
Foluke Daramola-Salako has been the advocate and voice of the veteran actors as she recently celebrated the 97th birthday of actor, Charles Olumo, aka Baba Agbako. She denied being supported by people to look after the veteran actors.
She said: “My main purpose is to attract publicity for elderly actors. I decided to celebrate their birthdays pending when I have my major event. I have always said that a lot of these aged actors are facing depression. Some don’t die just because they are old but being once active and suddenly not being active anymore could be a painful experience for them. Sometimes, it is not about the money that I or any other person gives them. It is a matter of showcasing them, so that their talent is still appreciated. I can tell you as a movie director that there is a place for these aged veterans in the movies we make.
“Some people think that someone is sponsoring me but I am stressing that no philanthropist is sponsoring me. Everything I am spending is from my pocket. If anyone decides to sponsor me, I would announce it and appreciate the person. I have been true to this course because it is a project I love. In fact, the reason I opened a restaurant and bar is that I might run out of funds to host these veterans at event centres and I would gladly use my space. Any politician or anyone that has bankrolled me over these projects is free to speak out.”