- Professor Wole Soyinka has opened up about his cancer struggles
- According to the Nobel laureate, his wife was shocked when the doctor announced the disease in 2014
- Soyinka, however, encourage people battling with the disease that it is not a death sentence
Celebrated Nigerian Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has narrated his experience battling cancer.
According to the literary icon who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 his journey battling cancer has been uncomfortable but easy.
Soyinka who disclosed this to BBC said the disease was discovered in its early stage and as a result of this, it was easy to control and treat.
Going back memory lane, Soyinka said that the doctor told his wife to ensure he followed through with his treatment because he (the doctor) knew he wasn’t going to be a very good patient.
Speaking about his wife's reaction when the doctor told them the news, he said: “She just put her head on the steering wheel. I said start the car nah. She just sat there like that. I said, ‘don’t worry, we are going to fight this together," Soyinka said.
Going further, he added that: “Mine for me was an easy ride, uncomfortable in many ways but for me, but it is painless.”
“There is no disease in the world in which any human being need be ashamed.
“Cancer is not a death sentence, it is a labour of willpower. Some hard labour is involved but ultimately, you can be victorious.”
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng reported that in a stunning rebuke to Nigerians who travel abroad to seek medical treatment, Soyinka declared that he saw no reason why people would have to go as far as Canada, Europe for treatment available in Nigeria.
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