The Oldest Person With Sickle Cell Disease In The World, Alhaja Asiata Onikoyi-Laguda Clocks 90 | Read Her AMAZING Story!


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At 90, Asiata Onikoyi-Laguda is believed to be the oldest person with sickle cell disease in the world.

She was born in November 1925, the same year as Margaret Thatcher, first female British prime minister and Malcolm X, the African American civil rights activist. At that time, the average life expectancy of children born with sickle cell disorder was just five years, but she has defied the odds to live up to 90.

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Due to the high level of illiteracy at the time of her birth, she was never diagnosed with sickle cell. She endured years of pain, which kept her away from school till she was 12 years old. Her pain was so severe and frequent that she would beg God to let her die.

After primary school, she enrolled at Queens College Lagos, where she met her husband Bolaji Alakija, who later became a doctor.

She did not know she had the sickle cell disease until after she had given birth to five of her six children. Her husband, Dr Alakija, gave her pills including folic acid to take every day, but kept the nature of her illness away from her for a long time.

Dr Alakija had 10 wives and 27 children, when he died, she married Alhaji Laguda, but she never had a child with her second husband.

She is the second of four children born from AbdulYekeen Ishola Onikoyi, a prince of the Onikoyi ruling house, and Aishat Alake Onikoyi from Kudeti, Ibadan.

In spite of her illness, she has outlived her parents, husbands and siblings except one.

According to SCD Journal, in spite of the disease:

– She is under no dietary restrictions whatsoever: eats salt, eggs, meat, sugar, fried food, etc as she likes

– Her blood pressure hovering around 160/90

–  She has performed the holy pilgrimage to Mecca 13 times and Umrah half a dozen times

– She observed the annual 30-day Ramadhan fast until she was over 88 and pressured to discontinue by her children

– She reads Bible, Quran everyday with glasses but moves around without glasses

– She takes public transport in super-c,haotic Lagos

– She gave birth to six children, all by normal delivery. When only son passed away in August 2014 aged 59, she accepted the will of Allah but prayed, “Please let the rest of the children you gave me outlive me.”


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    January 13, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Simply God’s amazing grace all around


    Lanre Adeoye

    April 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Everyone in the neighborhoods calls her miracle mummy in Ikasa where I live on the street opposite her house in Amusa , Ilasamaja Mushin. She’s very strong hake and hearty like a 16 years old girl, long live mummy



    April 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Masha Allah, amazing ow Allah shows us how mighty he is.



    April 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    This is nothing but God’s grace. I bless God for your life. Remain Blessed MA.


    Femi Owolabi

    April 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Alhaja Laguda is just an indication of Allah’s supremacy over man. No sickness or medical disorder can terminate anybody’s live except with the permission of the Almighty. I lived very close to her house for over 5 years, she doesn’t sit in one place but you’ll always see her engaged in one activity or the other. She is just restless. May Allah preserve her.



    April 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    She’s always moving around to see all her shop tenants in the area. Plays with all the children in the area & dances. She is a goooood stepper. She tells great stories too.


    Ekpele Owai

    April 26, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Just what I need at the moment,HOPE! If she can do it so can I!



      May 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Amen. You will.

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