Dr. Chinonso Egemba, often known as Aproko Doctor, is a prominent figure in the Nigerian health industry. He recently discussed why he chose to undergo brain tumour treatment in Nigeria rather than abroad, despite the encouragement of friends and well-wishers.
On Monday morning, Egemba took to social media to reveal that he had a brain tumour (craniopharyngioma).
However, Egemba revealed more about his support for the Nigerian healthcare system in a series of tweets.
Egemba shared a photo of the neurosurgeon who operated on him, identifying him as “Dr. Tayo Ojo,” adding, “The procedure was performed here here in Nigeria.” Many people urged me to leave the nation in order to get the operation done, but I stayed because I still believed in us. Simply said, we need to provide more resources to our healthcare system.
“Education, health. For me… those are the two systems any nation needs to succeed. I’m dedicating my life to seeing that they succeed in our country Nigeria. I hope you see it too.”
Captioning the video, as seen on his Twitter page, Egemba wrote, “Throughout December of 2022, I was fighting for my life. I went blind in one eye on the 3rd of December 2022 and on the 5th, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“Today, I stand here before you to share my story. It has been a long road to recovery but each day is better than the last.”
While speaking in the video, he said, “One thing to understand is that health issues can happen to you regardless of who you are, including me.
“For the past three weeks or two weeks, I have been fighting for my life. Some of you have no idea. It happened that I was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma which is a brain tumour and I had no idea I would be sharing my story.
“Here I am sitting on this seat sharing my own story about how I had a tumour in my brain. It was so bad that I couldn’t read out of my phone anymore to the point where this eye, I couldn’t read with it and it was also closing. They said it is a Craniopharyngioma and we need to do surgery to remove it.”
Egemba has utilised his YouTube channel and other social media platforms to educate people on the importance of health and how to make positive adjustments in one’s lifestyle to achieve and maintain optimal wellness.
He also oversees the non-profit organisation 100kClub, which provides medical aid to people in Nigeria at no cost.
For his work promoting health awareness in the country’s online communities, he has also received multiple honours.
In June of 2020, Egemba wed another social media star, Chiamaka Nwakalor, aka Chef Amaka.