Adekunle Gold to share Sickle Cell journey on CNN’s African Voices Playmakers

Adekunle Almaruf Kosoko, popularly known as Adekunle Gold, is set to discuss his advocacy on Sickle Cell Disease in an upcoming episode of CNN’s Globacom-sponsored magazine programme, African Voices Playmakers. 

According to a statement, the episode will air this week, featuring the singer in an in-depth interview with correspondent and anchor Larry Madowo.

The renowned Afropop singer, celebrated for his rich lyrics and distinctive musical style, opens up about his lifelong battle with Sickle Cell Disease and his rise to musical stardom despite the condition’s challenges. In this 30-minute special, Adekunle shares his journey of perseverance and how he has used his platform to raise awareness and support for others affected by the disease.

The interview marks Adekunle Gold’s first extensive public discussion about living with Sickle Cell Disease, offering viewers an emotional and inspiring look into his personal and professional life. Born on January 28, 1987, Adekunle graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Arts and Design from Lagos State Polytechnic. He gained fame with his 2015 hit single “Sade,” a highlife cover of One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” which earned a nomination for Best Alternative Song at the 2015 Headies.

Following the success of “Sade,” Adekunle signed with YBNL Nation and released his debut album, Gold, which reached number 7 on the Billboard World Albums chart. His notable singles “Orente” and “Pick Up” further established his presence in the music industry. His fifth studio album, “Tequila Ever After,” was released in 2023.

Married to fellow singer Simi since 2019, Adekunle Gold has received numerous accolades, including the Best New Act Award at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2015 and 2016, and the City People Entertainment Awards for Album of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He was also named Best African Music Artist by IARA in 2017 and Songwriter of the Year at the Headies in 2023.

African Voices Playmakers will air on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. on DSTV Channel 401, with additional showings on Saturday at noon, Sunday at 4:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Monday at 4:00 a.m. The programme will also repeat next week at the same times.

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