Why I Publicly Advocated For Better Healthcare For Sickle Cell Patients – Adekunle Gold


Nigerian singer Adekunle Kosoko popularly known as Adekunle Gold has explained why he has publicly advocated for better healthcare for sickle cell patients like himself.

Adekunle Gold in an interview with Larry Madowo on the CNN African Voices segment, shared his personal journey and motivations behind his advocacy efforts.

“I want people with sickle cell to feel safe and to feel like they have help, and to feel like they have support. I only recently got the courage to speak up about it and a lot of people can’t share their stories like I can,” he explained.

Adekunle Gold revealed that he gained the inspiration to advocate for sickle cell patients while writing one of his songs.

He said: “When I was writing the song 5 star I was reflecting on my life and how I’m a miracle. There was a line that said ‘Sickle cell showed me Crises’ It was really a tough time for me so I just thought why don’t I just lend my voice? People are dying, people are going through it.”

“I have always known that I had sickle cell, I knew since I was a child that I couldn’t do certain things. I was told ‘You have sickle cell so you can’t play in the rain like your peers.’ I had crises every time when I was a child and was in the hospital back to back,” he added.

The artist, who has always been open about living with sickle cell, emphasised the need for improved healthcare infrastructure and support systems for individuals living with sickle cell disease.

“I’m privileged to have access to these things, now think about people who don’t have access to basic things to sustain their health. If the international organisations aren’t doing anything about it, it’s time to force their hands,” he noted.

It would be recalled that Adekunle Gold recently partnered with a sickle cell management initiative in Surulere, Lagos State, to host a medical outreach for sickle cell patients.

The outreach successfully provided basic healthcare to about 250 patients.