Veteran Actor, Kola Oyewo Recounts Battle With Enlarged Prostate

Kola Oyewo, a well-known Yoruba actor, has shared his personal experience with prostate enlargement.

The prostate gland is the tube through which pee exits the body. An enlarged prostate indicates that the gland has grown larger.Prostate enlargement occurs in nearly all men as they age. The disorder can lead to urinary problems, bladder stones, and decreased kidney function.

In a recent video, Kunle Afod and Peter Fatomilola visited Oyewo at home to inquire about his well-being.

Speaking to his guests, the 77-year-old actor revealed that he initially felt trouble passing urine in July 2019.

Oyewo stated that following a series of tests and scans, he was diagnosed with prostate enlargement and urged to have surgery to save his life.

Speaking in Yoruba, the actor revealed that he nearly died during one of the surgical procedures, and that he eventually opted not to undergo any additional operations.

This was following surgery to remove his scrotum. The doctors also built a bypass in his urinary tract to allow him to urinate.

Oyewo stated that he had to give up his ability to participate in sexual intercourse during the procedures in order to save his life.

The actor stated, “I feel better now,” adding that he is now healthy enough to work and visit filming sites.

Oyewo claimed he instructed actress Foluke Daramola not to beg for money on his behalf since his children are capable of caring for him.

“I had an enlarged prostate. In July 2019, I noticed that I was finding it difficult to urinate or I would easily pee on myself,” he said.

“I went to the hospital and did several tests before I was told that my prostate is getting larger.

“I visited our family doctor in Ilaramokin and he told me to do more tests. They told me that I was very lucky because the ailment is one that kills and that I will undergo surgery.

“My wife was also sick during that time, she had been down with a stroke since 2017. I told her about the operation that I was advised to do and returned to the hospital.

“They made an incision on my stomach and inserted something that will help me pass out urine. They told me it was to prevent me from dying immediately.

“I was also advised to undergo another surgery that will stop my sexual performance. I told them to go ahead because I no longer needed it and that my children were grownups with their own kids.

“I later did the surgery and two of my children were there with me. After that, I was told to do another X-ray at the teaching hospital and that was what almost killed me.

“If I had known that I wouldn’t be able to pee from my penis after doing it, I wouldn’t have done it. I feel better now and I have even been to a movie location since then. I can work now but nothing stressful.

“When Foluke Daramola came to visit, I told her not to make any noise about the situation or beg people for money on my behalf. My children are taking care of me and I also took care of myself.”

Oyewo began performing professionally in 1964, when he joined the Oyin Adejobi theatre group. His debut role was as Adejare in ‘Orogun Adedigba’.

He currently works as a performing arts lecturer at Elizade University in Ilara-Mokin, Ondo.

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