COVID-19 rubbishes plans for merrymaking …
It’s April 21, 2020, and Nollywoood film maker Wale Fanu is 70 years old. Had she been alive, his mum would have been 100 years old today as well.
‘I have looked forward to my 70th Birthday for a long time,’ Fanu told SICKLE CELL NEWS two years ago, and repeated same in January.
It was planned to be a celebration with the Lagos sickle cell community, much bigger than when he turned 60 in 2010. Then there was a well-attended church service, followed by a talk-of-the-town partying and merry-making.
Today, on his 70th Birthday, the new international world order has hit home at a very personal level.
There will be a Christian communion service at his Surulere, Lagos residence to mark the day, and extremely few visitors – maybe just a handful of his neighbours. Then everyone goes back home, sombre, serious, and unsure of the future.
Not the kind of birthday Mr. Fanu had wished for all these years.
MORE ON MR. WALE FANU
- Born 21 April 1950, doctors said he would not live to see his 20th birthday
- After an SCD crisis left him in coma for days in Lagos, his anxious father pressurized him to keep at home. It was Goodbye to his Electrical Engineering studies at the Technical College (now The Polytechnic), Ibadan
- Hip, Hip, No Hurrah: Fanu developed painful SCD complication known as AVASCULAR NECROSIS in his early 20s. He held on for close to 50 years without surgery!
- In his late 50s, he married a young woman whose genotype is AS. When she became pregnant, Fanu ‘was petrified’ about bequeathing sickle cell anaemia to an innocent childI
- The Hound of the Fanus? Both his parents passed away shortly after their 70th birthdays. ‘I’m somewhat afraid the same might happen to me!
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