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How I survived brain surgery: Julius Agwu, comedian

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Nigerian A-list comedian, Julius Agwu, has expressed his appreciation to God Almighty for sparing his life after undergoing brain surgery about four months ago.

He made this known during an interview with Channels Television last weekend, the comedian recounted the horrific experience that nearly took his life “Jumping all the hurdles and challenges of life, so many of us don't really know what is going on inside.

Nobody carries signboard of ill-health. So, I never realized what was happening, I just noticed that at some point, I was loosing weight.

“Initially, I was working out trying to look shapely, because as soon as you clock 40 you begin to take some of those things seriously. I just noticed the over-work, stress and everything.

In Nigeria, we really don't rest, we hustle and hustle, we just keep working but oyinbo (white men) will work for vacation and settle, you know, rest. But our own, we hustle and even when we die, we're still working as ancestors through consultations (Laughs).”

The rib cracker further explained that he was very busy at that period shooting his new TV series, “but then I just realised that once in a while, I would have headache, take the normal pain relievers and it will go down until I had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. That was the beginning of the story, when I eventually regained consciousness, I lost all my memory and I couldn't walk properly.

“My wife and I had to go to Houston (USA), because we had to find out what was really happening to me. That was how through an MRI, it was discovered that I had tumours in my brain and an emergency surgery was advised. So, I thank God it went well and God has been perfecting my healing.

Since April till now, I've never really done anything as regards my career. I thank God. I am back and alive. God has been merciful, He gave me a second chance.”

Agwu said the tumour was a big one at the back of his head that was already like the size of a golf ball, full-grown and very big. But the good thing is that after it was removed, the doctors had to scan it to find out whether it was cancerous. “But we thank God, it's benign and now my medication is dropping it.

By God's grace, my memory is back. It's not easy, it's like a car knocking engine. I don't pray that such thing should happen to my enemy,” he stressed.

The comedian, however, enjoined entertainers including his colleagues in the industry to take their health issues more seriously by undertaking regular medical check-up and take things slow because “life has no duplicate”.

Agwu is currently recuperating in the United States and would return to the country this month for his Crack Ya Ribs show coming up in Abuja in October.

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