17th September, 2010
MTN Project Fame West Africa Academy has announced the withdrawal of Christian Owusu fromÂ the competition on health grounds.
According to the producers of the popular musical reality show, Christian, a contender forÂ the ultimate prize, was examined by the Academyâ€™s medical team and was advised to have aÂ six-week rest, hence his withdrawal from the show.
On Sunday, 5 September, he bumped into another contestant while rehearsing for the weekendÂ performance, became dizzy and lost his sight temporarily after which he was rushed to theÂ hospital where he fully regained his sight.
According to Head of the medical team for the Academy, Dr. Wale Adeboje, â€œChristian hasÂ been diagnosed not to be fully fit for the rest of the show. Although he is now in goodÂ health, we have recommended that he keeps away from all forms of rigorous activities for theÂ next six weeks so that he can adequately recuperate.â€
â€œThis is a sad development,â€ said Academy Principal, Joke Silva, â€œbecause Christian was oneÂ of the few animated performers who gave his all into learning the music craft. He wasÂ determined to go all the way, but we believe the most important thing right now is for himÂ to get proper treatment.â€
Following the development, Managing Director, Ultima Studios Limited, Mr. Femi Ayeni,Â stated: â€œChristian is an excellent performer, it is unfortunate he had to leave. We stronglyÂ believe that it is not only the responsible thing to do, but it is in his best interest toÂ take a well deserved rest as advised by the medical team.â€
With Christianâ€™s withdrawal, the show now has six contestants following the eviction ofÂ Adebola from the Academy during last Saturdayâ€™s programme.
Christian has left Lagos for Ghana and is already back with his family. It is expected thatÂ he will get further treatment with the full support of the Academy.