In a recent mini-documentary with BBC Life Clinic’s Charles Mboglu, the widely celebrated author open up about his journey to good health after been diagnosed with prostate cancer during one of his routine check-ups in 2014.
While describing the reaction of his wife to the terrifying news, Soyinka said: “She just put her head on the steering wheel like that, I said start the car now. She just sat there like that.”
The cancer, according to Soyinka, was at its earliest stages when it was diagnosed, and so not irreversible. Five years later, Soyinka said he has recovered from it and is in good health.
The writer, while expressing displeasure about the absence of the type of treatment he enjoyed during his treatment in Nigeria. “I do not see why that kind of treatment or similar treatment should not be available,” he says. “I don’t understand why there should not be a choice.”
Watch the documentary here:
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