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Meet The World’s Oldest Person With Sickle Cell Anemia Shining Bright At 91, And Guess What… She’s A Nigerian

The world’s oldest person with sickle cell anemia, Asiata Onikoyi-Laguda, she is the woman acknowledged to be the most settled sickle cell tolerant on the planet, celebrated her 91st birthday yesterday – a deed that is clearly in resistance of science.

Onikoyi was considered in November 1925, when the ordinary eventual fate of people living with sickle cell issue was just five years.

Onikoyi, who was considered in a vague year from Margaret Thatcher, first female English PM; Malcolm X, social freedoms fanatic, and Idi Amin Dada, Ugandan dictator, more settled than “all” known (recorded) sickle cell patients on the planet.

Starting late as 1973, the ordinary future for people with sickle cell illness was only 14 years. Starting now, future for these patients can accomplish 50 years and over, New York Times reports.

In 2013 alone, 176,000 people lost their lives to sickle cell ailment, most of them developed 21 years old and under.

As indicated by an extraordinary report by the Sickle Cell Diary, she is the second of four youngsters conceived by her folks AbdulYekeen Ishola Onikoyi, a sovereign of the Onikoyi administering house, and Aishat Alake Onikoyi from Kudeti, Ibadan.

Because of the level of ignorance at the season of her introduction to the world, she was never analyzed to have had sickle cell; she recently had every one of the side effects, including marvelous agony, which blocked her from going to class till she was 12 years of age.

She battled through elementary school, and selected at Rulers School Lagos, where she met her better half Bolaji Alakija, who went ahead to end up a specialist.

He treated her for sickle cell, but never really told her much about her condition, as it was the culture in their day. Alakija had 27 children, five of which were with Onikoyi and the rest for his nine other wives.

Onikoyi, a devout Muslim, has performed the holy pilgrimage to Mecca 13 times and gone for lesser hajj, better known as Umrah, six times.

She says moderation kept her going and urges other sickle cell patients around the world to toe the same line.

“I have always maintained a middle road in life. Moderation keeps you going, when those who indulge themselves have lost their balance,” she says.

At 90, Onikoyi is under no dietary restrictions whatsoever; she eats salt, eggs, meat, sugar, fried food, as it pleases her.

Her blood pressure is hovering around 160/90, and she says she observed the annual 30-day Ramadan fast until she was over 88, when her children pressured her into giving it up.

Onikoyi says she reads the Bible and Quran everyday, and takes public transport in this “super-chaotic Lagos”.

She lost one of her sons in August 2014, when he was 59 and accepted it as the “will of Allah”. “I prayed to Allah that the rest of my children should outlive me,” she says.

Every year in sub Saharan Africa, more than 300,000 children are born with the sickle cell  disease.


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Written by Damilola Odunsi


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