By Abisoye Fagade
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MTN Project Fame West Africa Academy has announced the withdrawal of Christian Owusu from the competition on health grounds.

According to the producers of the popular musical reality show, Christian, a contender for the ultimate prize, was examined by the Academy's medical team and was advised to have a six-week rest, hence his withdrawal from the show.

On Sunday September 5, he bumped into another contestant while rehearsing for the weekend performance, he became dizzy and lost his sight temporarily after which he was rushed to the hospital where he fully regained his sight.

According to Head of the Medical team for the Academy Dr Wale Adeboje “Christian has been diagnosed not to be fully fit for the rest of the show, although he is now in good health, we have recommended that he keeps away from all forms of rigorous activities for the next six weeks so that he can adequately recuperate”

'This is a sad development' says Academy Principal Joke Silva. 'Because Christian was one of the few animated performers who gave his all into learning the music craft. He was determined to go all the way. But we believe the most important thing right now is for him to get proper treatment'.

Following the development, Managing Director, Ultima Studios Limited, Mr Femi Ayeni states “Christian is an excellent performer, It is unfortunate he had to leave. We strongly believe that it is not only the responsible thing to do, but it is in his best interest to take a well deserved rest as advised by the medical team”

With Christian's withdrawal, the show now has six contestants following the eviction of Adebola from the academy during last Saturday's programme.

Christian left Lagos for Ghana on Friday September 10, and is already back with his family. It is expected that he'll get further treatment with the full support of the Academy. **