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Former Nollywood Actress Regina Askia Volunteers to Work at US Ebola Center



nurse regina askiaRegina Askia, former Nollywood actress and beauty queen turned Nurse, has shared on her Facebook page that she will be volunteering at a US Ebola Center as a way to help eradicate the fast-spreading virus.

According to Regina Askia, the nurses who volunteered are currently undergoing Ebola trainings.

Regina Askia states that even though her initial duty was to find volunteers to work at the Ebola Center, she had to join the men who had accepted an offer of $200 per hour because none of her other female colleagues were willing to join.

She shared on her Facebook page, “My job was looking for Nurses to volunteer for the Ebola center which was moved from our building to another location. My male colleagues said they would do it for 200 dollars per hour, ….C’mon Regina , gotta get on the team…they said. I was not smiling (I am captain of my 3 kid team). Not one female nurse volunteered (lol). We ALL had to demonstrate proper use of PPE equipment and be proficient with the Ebola protocol. I was full of thoughts as I watched the display, hoods, masks, gowns, boots….almost like a nightmare. Home news had it that Nigerians washed their hands, didn’t hug as much, monitored their temps and on the first signs of malaise drank the ORT (oral rehydration therapy) until symptoms passed. Were we once again trying to kill mosquitoes with bazookas? I wasn’t going to wait to find out. In a daze I got with the program to become “an Ebola ready Nurse”. More power to all the nurses on the grind – Goodluck!!”

Regina Askia

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  1. Just me

    October 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    $200 per hour….wow! Why do I feel the money is a bit exaggerated. All the same, kudos to her.

    • eyong

      October 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

      Exaggerated ni? To risk their lives and those of their children and loved one is not skmething you can put a price tag on. You , yourself will be scared to do it. Smh.

    • ATL's Finest!

      October 25, 2014 at 5:11 am

      Lmao! Who’s going to pay her $200 per hr??? Mtchew where do U think she is? Strip club?? Besides, read the article properly!!! She’s been ranting about the issue on FBk @ Ms. Regina thanks for caring but there’s what they call “HIPPA” in medical field and I know that you are aware of it and how it works. So becareful.

  2. Oge m Dey

    October 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Good for you. Clap for yourself. Take it seriously; Ebola is no joke.

  3. Don Meritson Mba

    October 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Good of her.i wish her the very best….

  4. Ben Wise

    October 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    You clearly didn’t even understand what she said before jumping to comment. She didn’t say she was paid $200 per hour, but rather…her male colleagues who did not want to volunteer said they will only volunteer if they were paid $200 per hour. So based on that you can infer that she was not paid $200 per hour.

    Bella is just blowing this up with their misleading headline. This is a job related volunteer…she is getting paid for it so don’t make it sound like she is doing it just to help. People in the medical profession or other profession in that matter often have to volunteer to do projects out of their normal work duties. If she really want to volunteer and help people with Ebola, I will be happy to contribute for her flight to Liberia or some of the other countries that have it worse than the U.S.

  5. tunmi

    October 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Well done and thank you.

  6. NagosBigBoi

    October 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Hole up…..wait a minute……u mean she left lucrative Nollywood to go and be an ‘ordinary’ nurse in the US? I figure she has more acting gravitas and beauty than Chika Ike who happens to be making a HONEY POT of money by being a Goodwood actress!

    Regina……more grease…..

    I respect proper hard work and not wood work wey some people dey do use go lavish vacation……

    • Susan

      October 25, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Chika Ike doesn’t make her money from acting? Which acting? Anyway I’d just hush.

    • Kempe

      October 25, 2014 at 12:20 am

      @NagosBigBoi – Did you just say an “Ordinary nurse”, it’s rather unfortunate that your ignorance has extended to this part of the internet. I bet you don’t even know the difference between how much a Nigerian nurse is making compared to an American nurse…and just because BellaNaija put the title “nurse” doesn’t mean she has not gone beyond that. She could be a nurse practitioner for all you know but again, you probably don’t know the difference between that and someone who is RN or BSN…

    • Leah

      October 25, 2014 at 2:20 am

      I guess the Sarcasm in that comment went right over your head. Btw Askia is an RN which is just as important.

    • Iamnephiza

      October 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      ORDINARY NURSE??? I wish someone could help me slap that your mouth there. I am a nursing student here in the US and the rigor of my program is not a joke. I even doubt if you would have the BRAINS to pass the nursing school entrance exam,(yes i am taking it personal.) You think nursing school is for ORDINARY people like you. like i tell people why not do it if its that easy. I can bet you are a sociology major oh well that is even of you had a BSc. Nurses are the life of the hospital. The make the place stay together and do not let it fall apart, and doctors CAN NOT do without nurses. there is nothing a doctor is talking about that i do not understand. because i do not want to spend 10yrs in school does not make me ordinary. Now let me talk about their paycheck. An ORDINARY nurse earns an average of $70000 a yr. i do not give a shit if you earn more than that but that is more than what an average Nigerian/American makes in a year.(not counting the rich folks or business owners). think before you call a nurse ORDINARY because even as a nursing student, i have learned ways i can save people’s life and helped people in many ways you can not. i am not ORDINARY, I am an EXTRAORDINARY NURSE!

  7. karen

    October 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    it is not exaggerated, remember Nigeria was paying out a premium sum for people that would assist the Ebola hunt. Regina needs this money no be small thing. So it is not helping on humanitarian grounds. She should not be acting like she is doing something spectacular.


    October 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    After broadcasting how much you make per hour kindly share how much you pay for taxes too….income tax, property tax, commodity taxes, tolls, health insurance, liability insurance, car
    payments etc.
    You guys are the reason why Nigerians think money grows on trees in America.

    • ATL's Finest!

      October 25, 2014 at 5:16 am

      Thank U very much!!! She resides in NYC and they have one of the most expensive economy in d States, taxes, SS fee, Medicare, etc!! By the time they are through, she do be left with change!!! All I know is that’s she’s not that pretty anymore.. And I heard she was a snob back in Lagos and can’t open her mouth to say hi to her fans back then mtchew..

  9. News Nigeria Today

    October 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    That’s great Regina!

  10. Kempe

    October 25, 2014 at 12:19 am

    @NagosBigBoi – Did you just say an “Ordinary nurse”, it’s rather unfortunate that your ignorance has extended to this part of the internet. I bet you don’t even know the difference between how much a Nigerian nurse is making compared to an American nurse…and just because BellaNaija put the title “nurse” doesn’t mean she has not gone beyond that. She could be a nurse practitioner for all you know but again, you probably don’t know the difference between that and someone who is RN or BSN…

  11. Xala

    October 25, 2014 at 12:33 am

    @Kempe, You obviously missed the sarcasm in @Nagosbigboi comment.


    October 25, 2014 at 1:24 am

    WISH HER WELL…………..

  13. Atlstyle

    October 25, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Pls educate yourself Xala, that is soo not what sarcasm sounds like, pls stop speaking grammar you don’t understand!!

    • Xala

      October 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      @Atlstyle, you may disagree but to throw insults on a faceless forum should be beneath you.

  14. Atlstyle

    October 25, 2014 at 2:49 am

    And for your education NagosBigBoi, Doctors in the UK don’t even make what Nurses make in the US, not to talk of Nurses in NY..hmmm some ignorant Nigerians and their i know too much calling peoples career ordinary Nurse, and i’m sure you’re unemployed!. Ignorance is a dilapidating sickness!

  15. Tosin

    October 25, 2014 at 3:07 am


  16. bokun

    October 25, 2014 at 8:40 am

    She’s brave sha. But I hope she’s in it for the right reason not just money. 200 dolls N hour is not an exaggeration. Registered midwives and other health practitioners get paid between 40 _50 UK pounds an hour working with private agencies. If the hospitals cannot get their own staff to offer care,they will have to pay the private agencies and for this kind of matter the money go pass 200 dollars an hour.

  17. Jaybee

    October 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I don’t think thus girl knows what she is getting in..she is even ranting just because if $200 per hr..though IRS big but she should consider how dangerous Ebola is..her life and that of the family are at risk

  18. mujer

    October 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    And why should people not be paid a premium to work on Ebola teams? After all the typical hazard pay to accept to be “exposed to Nigeria” in the name of a transfer is about $400-$1000 per day depending on where you sit in the hierarchy and in the Nigerian space as an expatriate.

  19. LILO

    October 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    oh how the mighty have fallen! Is that Regina from mega fortunes looking so basic ? Haha…I always knew she was overrated both in her looks and acting skills. Talentless somebody.

    • jum jum

      October 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

      You are very foolish. So because she is a nurse in the US, u rate it as fallen. So were you expecting her to wear acrylic, make up and maybe Brazilian hair to work in the hospital.. Let me educate your ignorant self. You have to throw all those out before you come to work as a nurse

    • Zubby

      October 27, 2014 at 6:19 am

      A married woman with 3 beautiful kids. A supportive husband , working in a really lucrative job . Living in A first world country., LOOKING HAPPY AND HEALTHY. WHATS NOT TO LIKE. I THINK SHE HAS PROGRESSED AND UPGRADED RATHER THAN FALLEN. She’s as beautiful as ever and carries her short hair well. HOW DO YOU DEFINE MIGHTY..?

  20. fakos

    October 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Proud of Ɣ☺ΰ regina

  21. PurpleiciousBabe

    October 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    WELL DONE to all the medical team fighting against EBOLA and risking their lives.
    Money e.g $200 dollars or more has nothing on life. Nothing like the freedom of good health.
    May God give us the grace and strength to find a cure for this dreadful thing.

  22. NagosBigBoi

    October 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    @Kempe and @Atlstyle thanks for the insults

  23. NagosBigBoi

    October 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Sarcasm is definitely lost on both of you

  24. Concerned Fella

    October 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

    No one has even stated the most important obvious! Regina, Regina Regina how many times did I call you? Please per adventure the unthinkable happens kindly, don’t bother coming back to Naija *straightface* I know what we went through to rid ourselves of the ebola disease and its evident stigma. May God help us all, Amen.

    • nne

      October 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you o. Before she forms patrick sawyer on us.

  25. Concerned Fella

    October 26, 2014 at 10:25 am


  26. Chuma

    October 27, 2014 at 12:11 am

    First of all there’s nothing like ebola center in America. Where is this center and stop deceiving and misinforming people. There are better ways of getting cheap publicity

    • Naveah

      October 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you, Chuma! First and foremost, she lives in New Jersey and the first victim in the tristate area was Dr. Spencer and I think his case was just discovered only this past week. There is NO Ebola Center, there is NO centralized location for treating Ebola in New York or the tristate area.

      Was it necessary for her to make an announcement of it? It is your job so what’ all the announcement and picture taking for? Please! All these oyibo doctors that went to serve in the various affected areas, we see photo? The only reason we know they went was they go infected and the media carried the story. Abeg, do better ting and let others find out and praise you not for you to clap your own self on the back. If you want to stay popular then go back to Nollywood. Be IN or Be OUT. You quit the industry to marry, have children and live in America then stay in that lane, all these other ones wey you dey sneak pictures to blogs and media outlet wetin you dey publicize your life for when I thought you quit to live an “ordinary” life?

  27. Gracious

    December 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

    im a nurse and I’m not ordinary. I see the beginning and the end of life all through my course of duty only few people can boast of that. So before opening ur mouth to call other people profession ordinary, think well.. By the way what do u do for a living Mr nagosbigboy? You sure say u no be yahoo yahoo?

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