Majek’s latest rehab stint was came about after a chance meeting with a fan who was taken aback by the Rainmaker’s frail state. Joseph Edgar, an investment banker and blogger, ran into the Nigerian music legend begging for N100 to buy local gin (Ogogoro) in Lagos. Edgar took a picture, which he shared on the internet along with a post detailing his dismay at the poor state the singer was in. The viral post and picture got the attention of other fans of the Majek, especially several in the United States where Majek once went on tour and reportedly developed an addiction to heroin.
According to Premium Times, the talented singer who inspired a lot of youth in and outside the country in the eighties and nineties with his music, has been placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the rehab center. He is said to be responding perfectly to treatment.
Majek Fashek later got support from his ex wife, his former band member, Monica Omorodion Swaida and other Nigerians. Ms Swaida organised a fundraising campaign on American crowd funding platform, GoFundMe where she appealed to people to “come together and help him”.
Writing on the campaign website, Ms. Swaida said: “I had the opportunity to go on tour with Majek Fashek in Africa and abroad. I played on stage with Majek last in NYC. Majek was compared to the late icon Bob Marley.
“He was one of the greatest singer and guitarist in Nigeria. He came to America and even went as far as singing in David Letterman’s show. Majek put Nigeria on the map when it comes to music.
“Today, Majek is seen in the streets of Lagos looking for petty change to buy food and drinks. Majek looks sickly and fray. He is looking haggard! How can a national hero be left on the street like that? We must do something to take care of this man. No matter the problems majek has, whether drug related, spiritual or mental related problems, it doesn’t matter. Everyone can be saved! Let’s come together and help him. “The family of Majek just recently got their legal papers in America and can now travel. But they need your support. They can’t do this alone. They have not been in Nigeria for over 20 years. But they want to help their dad now.
“I will personally go with the wife, Rita Majek, and the first son, Randy Majek, to Nigeria to join others fighting for this cause to help Majek. Please fans all over the world, let us help save this legend while he is still alive. God bless those reading this. Amen!”
The fund raising campaign to save the life of the ailing reggae star has so far raised $2,793.
The ex-wife of the singer, Rita also shared a video on Youtube where she passionately pleaded with Nigerians to donate money for a campaign to save Majek.