Africa has lost one of its versatile media personalities to sickle cell

Mildred Europa Taylor November 21, 2018
Nigerian media personality Tosyn Bucknor has died --- The Guardian Nigeria

Tributes are pouring in for popular Nigerian radio broadcaster Tosyn Bucknor who passed away at the age of 37 due to complications from sickle cell.

Media reports said Bucknor was found unconscious by her husband, a French national, Aurelien Boyer when he arrived at home from work on Monday night.

The deceased’s sister, Funke Bucknor Obruthe, who confirmed the unfortunate news on her Instagram page said: “My darling sister and besto Tosyn passed away last night due to complications from sickle cell.”

The media personality, popularly known as “Voice of Lagos” and a graduate of law from the University of Lagos, was born with sickle cell anaemia, a health condition she has often been vocal about.

Africa has lost one of its versatile media personalities to sickle cell

Tosyn Bucknor —

Bucknor has, during her lifetime, worked with two local radio stations – Top Radio and Inspiration FM, where she attracted a large following.

Before her demise, she founded the ‘These Genes Project’ in 2007 to raise awareness about sickle cell.

Scores of Nigerians, including celebrities and politicians, have taken to social media to pay their tribute:

Sickle cell disease (SCD), or sickle cell anaemia, is a major genetic disease that affects most countries in the African Region.

The disease causes the normal round shape of red blood cells to become like crescent moons. Round red blood cells can move easily through the blood vessels but sickled shaped cells interconnect and can result in blood clots, according to the WHO.

These blood clots can cause extreme pain in the chest, back, hands and feet, and eventually damage the bones, muscles and organs. Victims of sickle cell often feel tired, weak and look pale and the whites of the eyes and skin do sometimes develop a yellow tint.

Other environmental triggers of the disease include cold temperatures, dehydration, excessive amounts of exercise and tobacco smoke.

In Africa, the majority of children with the most severe form of the disease die before the age of five, usually from an infection or severe blood loss. In countries such as Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana and Nigeria the prevalence is between 20 and 30 per cent while in some parts of Uganda it is as high as 45 per cent, statistics from WHO said.

Last Edited by:Nduta Waweru Updated: November 21, 2018


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