By Nidal Chebbak
By Nidal Chebbak
Morocco World News
Fez, February 22, 2012
It is disappointing and upsetting to see Moroccan artists who have given so much to Moroccan art of all its various forms fall into oblivion and misery once something very bad occurs in their life, mainly severe sickness.
I’m sure most Moroccans still remember the names of Moroccan artists who died before our eyes due to our country’s negligence in paying these artists back for their creativity, innovation and hard work to make their country proud and represent it at their best.
The Moroccan artist whose sickness and death made a huge impact on the way I think of and perceive the situation of Moroccan actors in the country is the late actress Aicha Manaf.
Aicha was at the peak of her career co-starring in the famous Moroccan series Hdidan and making a huge national audience with her engaging performance and commitment when she was suddenly hospitalized and later diagnosed as having cancer. She spent months at the hospital fading away like a dying flower before the eyes of the public. Due to the poor financial situation of her family who couldn’t afford the expensive cancer treatment and with no official side that stepped in it to help this actress who has given so much to Moroccan TV and theater, the cancer spread all over her body severely damaging most of the organs, as well as the deep nerves and muscles along the femur.
When her case reached the national newspapers, King Mohammed VI issued his instructions for her to be given treatment. Unfortunately, she spent months at the hospital not receiving the full treatment that cancer patients usually get due to the hospital’s carelessness about her case despite the royal orders. The journey of her pain and misery was resumed until she died at the age of 32 in Ramadan, August 30, 2010.
This week, the Moroccan public was devastated at the news that the comedian Hicham Fenni, known by his stage name Tikouta, is suffering from a very rare and serious disease accompanied by severe pain that forced him to stay at the hospital to receive treatment.
The young artist who used to live in Casablanca hosting a humorist radio program was moved by his family to his native city Marrakesh to take care of him. His treatment is very expensive, which the family’s poor financial status cannot afford. Hicham made a brief appearance on the national channel 2M where he was laying at the hospital’s bed. He thanked his fans for their concern and asked Moroccan people to support him during his distress.
Tikouta’s career as a comedian started in 2009 with the famous comedy show “Comédia” which is a competition for Moroccan comedians that al-Oula channel hosts every year. Tikouta reached the semi-finals of the competition that year. The people in charge of the program declared yesterday that they would take care of all the expenses for Tikouta’s treatment because they consider him as part of Comédia’s family.
Nevertheless, fans as well as other artists are undertaking fundraising campaigns to raise money for the troubled comedian. Fans have created forums and pages on social networks to help their favorite comedian who has always put smiles on their faces as they feel that it’s their duty to pay him back.
His colleagues at the Comédia Show are arranging charity performances to raise money for him. Among the charity performances is one being organized by the Ruaa al-Moustaqbal Association, Najma Association and Zoom Association on Friday, March 2 at Hollywood Cinema in Sale at 7 pm (30dh per ticket which can be purchased at the movie theater).
It is very heart-aching to see that a Moroccan artist won’t get the right treatment that he or she deserves until they ask or beg for it. Sometimes, their pride and vanity step in the way until it’s too late, such as what happened with Aicha Manaf. Our Moroccan artists’ dignity should be preserved. They give a lot to this country, proudly representing it at national and international events and holding its flag as high as the sky. The least we can do is to take care of them.
Edited by Benjamin Villanti
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