Ernest Asuzu used to be a big star in Nollywood but a strange claim of mental illness made his career crash.
Asuzu who was known for his bad boy roles was a star in his prime. Couple with a passion for Hip-Hop music the actor quickly established himself as one of the bankable names in the then growing Nollywood business.
Unique in his own way, Ernest Asuzu further stood out from his peers when he got into a power couple relationship with former actress Obot Etuk. Back then there weren't many actors who opened up that they were dating each other so Ernest Asuzu was a rarity in the industry.
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Bad boy, lover boy, with a hot actress by his side Ernest Asuzu was at the peak of his career from the late 90’s to the mid 2000’s. The hot actor’s career took a turn for the worse when rumours sprung up that he had gone mad.
From what started as a rumour it later flipped into several news stories of Ernest Asuzu acting irrationally in public. Before you could blink an eye the gist around town was “Ernest Asuzu has gone mad!”
In 2005, it was reported that the movie star had been locked up for allegedly destroying items worth N433,000 in a barbing salon at 94, Ago Palace way, Okota. Stories like this popped up frequently and Asuzu’s presence in movies had started to diminish.
Till today no one can authoritatively claim what led to the alleged breakdown of Ernest Asuzu’s mental state of mind but the actor himself has claimed that his former lover was the cause of his issues.
In a 2015 interview with Yes Int’l Ernest Asuzu had this to say about Obot Etuk. “Truth about that is that Obot came into my life to destroy me” he said when asked if Obot Etuk was behind his present travails.
Also in the same interview Ernest Asuzu’s wife Jennifer Asuzu clearly stated that her husband has no mental health issues. “It’s his enemies that are mad, not my husband” she said.
Despite his wife’s claim the rather strong rumours persist. Three months before that interview it was reported that Ernest Asuzu was seen begging for money in Surulere.
Whoever or whatever is behind Ernest Asuzu’s misfortunes hasn’t stopped. In April 2016 it was reported that he had passed away. The actor was quick to dismiss these claims via a post on his Facebook account.
“My name is ernest chidozie azuzu pls am not dead for the people carrying rumours that my enemyis dead i just wish t5hem long life but this has proven what god said that people like me will not die because GOD is the maker of life” he wrote.
Presently Ernest Asuzu is recovering from a stroke but is in high spirits. He said he is working on a number of new songs as well as preparing for a comeback to the movie industry. Let’s hope he can get back on his feet.