July 24, 2019

I nearly gave up on music –Paul Play

Paul Play

Son of late legendary juju singer, I.K Dairo, Paul Play Dairo, has explained how poor health condition nearly killed his desire to do music again.

The singer told Saturday Beats, “Those who believe that I have been silent on the music scene because I had some health challenges might be right. Because of my health situation, I have been in and out of the country. I cannot do music with a poor health and that has been a major factor for me. When I was ill, I never thought  I would recover not to talk about doing music again. I had a major operation and had to go for a regular medical check-up every four to six months.


“Although there were false reports that I had cancer, that was never the case. I was diagnosed with a tumour that grew on my kidney. The tumour was so big that it overwhelmed my kidney and rendered it useless to the point that they had to take it out.”

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According to him, he was not upset when it was rumoured that he had cancer because those close to me knew better.

“When I read that I had cancer, I did not feel bad because I knew the truth and so did the close friends and family members that rallied around me. How many people would I have had to explain the real situation to? Those who wanted to know the truth asked and I told them. Cancer is more or less like a death sentence.”

Paul Play

He added, “I was able to fund the operation because it happened at a time in my life when I was not broke. It was an extensive treatment and people like Dr. Mike Adenuga were there for me. I had friends who rallied around me; so, I did not have to go to the public to solicit for funds.

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“The industry is full of assumptions and people believe that if a person is popular, he has the money to take care of himself. But if such situation arises, the person has to come out and say it is beyond him. Things are not like they used to be. Back then, some ailments cost about N15m to treat but now, a person may need to look for about N50m.”


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