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Prof Wole Soyinka Has Prostate Cancer “He’ll Die With Cancer” – African Cancer Centre Founder

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Prof Wole Soyinka Has Prostate Cancer “He’ll Die With Cancer” – African Cancer Centre Founder

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Nov 25, 2014 – Professor Wole Soyinka Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer “He’ll Die With Cancer” – Prof Olu Williams, Founder Of African Cancer Centre In Lagos

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has revealed his never before told health battle.

Early today, Wole Soyinka revealed to reporters during an event that he was diagnosed with cancer late last year.

The renowned poet said he chose to reveal this to the media in order to educate others in his position that cancer is not a death sentence.

The founder of African Cancer Centre in Lagos, Professor Olu Williams however assured Wole Soyinka that he would not die of cancer that he would age with the diease.

Though Soyinka first revealed his cancer battle at a news conference back in June but it wasn’t made public.

The Nobel Laureate said he is surviving the 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 ailment.

“For me, this is not a decision which I like but I felt I have all obligation, being a member of African Cancer Centre, and also having even donated a performance during the festival, fund raising for cancer, I am under obligation to make it known and to also demystify cancer,”.

“Many people feel it is a death sentence. Family feel it; friends, colleagues, they begin to look at you as if you are a ghost once there is rumour you have cancer. No, cancer is not a death sentence, it is curable, I have undergone the treatment and I am able to tell you that I even have a model, that’s my certificate.” – Soyinka said

Although Soyinka didn’t reveal the nature of his cancer he however said it is genetic in nature.

His father, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, the ex-Commissioner for Health in Ogun State was treated for prostate cancer.

Wishing him quick recovery.



  1. Don Omoniyi

    November 25, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I want to believe you must have done chemo to shrink it. get well soon my prof

  2. D Hunter

    November 25, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    God pls notin shld happen 2 diz man. I love him so much. He z a rare comodity. A man we d gud ppl of Nig ar v proud of. A treasure of inestimabl value. Our pride.

    • Conscience 1

      November 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      @ D Hunter, I perfectly share your views. Prof.Wole Soyinka is indeed a very rare Gem. Only an educated man like him will come out to say he has cancer.
      The normal cliché in Nigeria, is to say “the man died after a brief illness”-no information about the causes of deaths in obituaries.
      Well done to this very great Nobel laureate of our time…Kudos to the last man standing!!!!

  3. Odunaike Ben

    November 25, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    He needs to act fast before it reaches the terminal stage

    • Nedu

      November 25, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      @Ben, did you read well before u made your comment? I will advise you read again. Some comments are just so misplaced.
      @ d hunter, u are sighted.
      My stroll has taken me far & wide… Anyone care to join?

  4. D Hunter

    November 26, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    Chei…@ Nedu, wetin u de do no gud o…!
    Whr hv u bin all diz yll, ehn? Kai…long tym no c. Ur emergence nw strongly brot bk d memories of d lks of My Miss Red, Iron Bar, Zion, etc….
    Come o, whr all of una come vamoose go sef? D only strong guys dat ar still holdn on nw ar Metu Nyetu & anoda lady who z mkn real sense, Uzoma by name.

    Bt seriously, wt d exodus of My Miss Red, I dnt find Naijagist all dat as interestin as b4 @ all. Meanyll Nedu, pls dnt go again I beg U just stay or we stroll 2geda diz tym-around, GBAM!

  5. Blood

    November 26, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    R.i.p……dt let dem deceiv u, u&olusegun obasanjo ‘ll *** next year. b4 u die gv ur liv 2christ, okay gud night

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