The American-based actor made these revelations over the weekend during the burial of his mom, Patience Peace Sabiti in Mbarara district.
Uganda forever home- ‘Blood Diamond’ star on mom’s death
Ntare Mwine,55, who is famously known for his role in Hollywood film, Blood Diamonds, says that, losing his mother does not mean his connection with Uganda is lost.
The actor’s mom was his only surviving parent.
Patience died at age 82 after struggling with Schizophrenia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly.
In his burial speech, Ntare reminisced of his mom singing to him Runyankore lullabies.
He also opened up about knowing that his mom was struggling with mental health.
“I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. She came back to Uganda and there were still some struggles. But it took the death of a family member who had committed suicide, to discover that this member had been struggling with mental illness issues,” Ntare told mourners.
Ntare further reveals that this prompted him to suggest that his mom sees a psychiatrist.
It is at the psychiatrist that his mom opened up about hearing voices in her head, telling her to do things she did not want to do.
This shocked the actor as he recollects crying heavily during that period.
“I couldn’t believe that she was going through all that by herself,” he confessed.
The situation remained the same even during a session with a psychiatrist in the US, saying she had been experiencing paranoia and hallucinations.
Ntare notes that the situation worsened in 2019 as the voices in her head had prohibited her from eating, leading to a significant loss in his mother’s weight.
The actor further revealed that footage he had filmed with his mother helped him appreciate some of the moments they shared but had forgotten about.
Commenting on whether he will be able to return to Uganda now that both his parents are deceased, he said, “I am bound here, there is no question.”
Beside local projects regarding tourism and film, Ntare often visits his Mbarara home to attend key family events including the baptism of his child.
Ntare’s mom, Patience Peace Sabiti, was the daughter to Erica Sabiti, the first East African Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Boga Zaire, a 5th of eight children.
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine is an American stage and film actor, playwright, photographer and documentarian with Ugandan roots.
He has appeared in films such as Blood Diamond, The Chi and Netflix series, The Lincoln Lawyer.
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