Wole Soyinka opens up on how he’s been battling cancer

Renowned playwright and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Oluwole Soyinka, has disclosed his health status.

The maverick writer announced that he was diagnosed of cancer last December.
An expert and Founder of African Cancer Centre, Lagos,
Prof. Olu Williams, however assured Soyinka that he would “not die of
Williams, who revealed that Soyinka had the disease because
of his old age, said the playwright will only “die with the ailment.”
Soyinka, who revealed his cancer status at a press conference at the June 12
Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, today, said he had decided to
open up so as to create awareness about cancer disease and to help
people take measures to prevent it or seek prompt medical attention for
The Nobel Laureate said he survived the silent killer
disease because of early detection, treatment and proper dieting, adding
that it has also dawned on him that the family has a history of cancer
He noted that his initial reaction when it dawned on that
he has cancer was to see it as one of those challenges and nuisance that
should be dealt with, adding that a time he considered it “an unwanted
squatter in his body and had to get rid of it whether it is a slow
growing one or malignant.”
Soyinka who showed a crest to attest to his surviving the
disease, did not reveal to reporters the nature of the cancer he was
treated for.
His son, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, who is also the Commissioner
for Health in Ogun State, later told The Nation his father was treated
for “prostate cancer.”

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