Adekunle Gold, a prominent Nigerian artist, and father of one have spoken up about his health issues as a child owing to Sickle Cell Anaemia.
In an open letter to his fans, the “oriented” singer admitted that there were times when he hoped he could die because the pain was too much for him to bear.
Please see the letter below.
It is liberating to finally be able to share this part of my life with you, to finally be able to speak my truth. I want you to understand that my pain was genuine when I talk about how I struggled to get to where I am now.
I was born with sickle cell disease. It was a matter of life and death, physical, mental, and financial, and I had to cope with it all. It was difficult, unpleasant, and aggravating. I grew up with an illness that no one could understand, and I was limited throughout my childhood.
I was unable to participate in some of the most basic and liberating activities for children, such as going outside in the rain. I would have a problem if I pushed and rebelled against my parents’ orders and went out in the rain.
Nobody could assist me to get through the nights, which were horrible and lonely. There was only me, God, and my thoughts. The aches and shivers were agonizing.
They constantly arrived at night, when my family couldn’t transport me to the hospital. We couldn’t afford the standard hospital fees, so I was forced to endure the torture.
I had one of the most intense crises when I was 20, and I remember lying in my bed in the middle of the night, asking for it all to end. I begged God to end my life because I couldn’t understand what I had done to deserve the torment my body and mind were going through. The suffering faded after a few days, as is common with sickle crises, and God asked, “Do you still want that end you begged me for?” Of course, I answered no, and that was the beginning of my demise. That’s when I understood I’d been given a second chance to achieve my aspirations and prove to those who mocked me that sickle cell anemia will never kill me or prevent me from achieving my dreams.
My body gives in from time to time, and some symptoms resurface, but this ailment has taught me to be resilient. Sickle cell anemia changed my character by giving me optimism, toughness, and the discipline I needed to be who I am today. I mean, I lasted 5 weeks without getting sick from back-to-back performances. Grace.
My mind and body were put to the test, and as a result, I am now stronger, more motivated, and ready to face the world. I’m prepared for Adekunle Gold Supremacy; I’m prepared to live and appreciate the 5 Star life that my body has worked so hard for.
I’m telling you my tale in the hopes that it will inspire you. Some sicknesses slow us down, but this one hasn’t. I want you to know that no matter what you’re going through, there is hope. You are courageous, and you must not give up. YOU CAN DO IT!
Victory, as it did for me, awaits you at the end.
If you know someone who is facing a physical, mental, or emotional difficulty. Be kind and considerate. In fact, be kind to everyone since you never know what they’re going through behind closed doors. Encourage, be gentle, and unconditionally love.
Understand that your condition does not define you if you are a sickler. Don’t let it limit your possibilities or your dreams. Spread your wings and dream big! I’m hoping to watch you soar through the skies.
With my entire heart.