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Paul Play clears air on cancer tale ‘I am hale and hearty’


GIFTED composer, song writer and producer, Paul Play Dairo, has debunked the tale that he is down with cancer of the oesophagus, otherwise referred to in medical parlance as breakdown of the lungs and throat.  The Angel of my Life crooner laughed off the tale spreading like wildfire in a short telephone conversation with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Friday, February 4, 2011. “I am also aware of the rumour, I am hale and hearty. Nothing is wrong with me. I don’t know where they got the story”.

His manager, Eric Omoko, had earlier on Thursday, February 3, 2011, told ENCOMIUM Weekly that the father of two is in good condition, “Lies, lies upon lies.  Paul is hale and hearty.  In fact, as I speak, he has a show in Abuja on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2011). So, if he is down with cancer, according to what you are asking me, will he have the strength to honour a show in Abuja?  He is at the moment concentrating on the success of his new single and career.”

The tale in town, however, is that the Mo so rire exponent has again been rushed to the hospital in South Africa, where he had surgery years back. That his health nose-dived with a diagnosis of cancer of the oesophagus. His disappearance from the public radar in the last few months further lent credence to the story with his teeming fans speculating that he must have gone back to the hospital bed.

Paul Play teams chinos and shirt

Paul Play teams chinos and shirt

The ugly tale first came out in what was described as a slip on twitter by singer, Sound Sultan, saying, “I pray for you Paul Play…waiting for you to return, God strengthen you, get strong fast.” A statement which attracted a barrage of enquiries from Paul’s fans as to the state of his health.  Sultan’s tweet was said to have been preceded by Ruggedman’s, “Please, join me in praying for my friend, Paul Play, who is down.”  The two crooners were said to have denied ever sending anything of such, explaining and that it might be when Paul Play was sick in 2009.

It would be recalled that Paul Play was hospitalised in South Africa in late 2009 when a tumour was discovered near his kidney, necessitating a surgery. And after the surgery, upon his return, the boss of Playground Entertainment claimed what happened to him was more of a spiritual attack. 

The crooner hit limelight after the release of Mo so rire, a monstrous hit remix of his late father, I. K. Dairo’s classic.  Thereafter, he released other hit songs like Angel of my life, Salome and now his new single is about to be released.



Cancer of the oesophagus or oesophageal cancer develops as a result of cell changes in the lining of the oesophagus.  It is a relatively rare form of cancer. Some areas in the world have higher incidence than others.  Places like Belgium, China, India, Japan and the UK appear to have higher records. The disease usually affects males with a history of heavy smoking or alcohol use. There are evidence that spirits are the most dangerous types of alcohol to drink in connection with this particular type of cancer. The disease can also come through heredity, tobacco smoking and heavy alcohol use and corrosive injury.

Symptoms include difficulty in swallowing, nausea, vomiting, cough and if the disease spreads elsewhere, this may lead to symptoms related to the liver metastasis, jaundice, shortness of breath and others.  Treatment consists of going through surgery.

 – This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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