There was a social media storm on Wednesday.
The rationale for the online uproar? The genotype of Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Laycon.
In a dialog with completely different finalists on the actual fact current, he confirmed that he’s a sickle cell provider.
Consistent with Laycon: “My blood group is Sickle Cell (SC). I don’t like to tell people my genotype, because of I actually really feel they will assume I’m sick.”
Nevertheless what’s that this SC genotype?
“It is not frequent in any respect. Pretty a small fraction of people have it,” Ugochukwu Anekwe, a Nigerian doctor based in the UK, suggested NAIJAFUTURES.
“The mutation that induced sickle cell, can happen in any other case and sort C instead of S.
“So you’ve got bought of us that are AC.”
However, he is quick in order so as to add that SC carriers have larger life expectancy than SS carriers.
Laycon has gone on to show into one among many giant favourites to win the Big Brother Naija current this 12 months.
By the purpose he leaves the house, he would have stayed for spherical 70 days.
Was it a risk for Laycon to be picked as a housemate?
One different UK-based Nigerian doctor, Rasheed Adewole, explains: “Throughout the UK though, they’ve been suggested to guard in the course of the COVID-19 peak. I rely on that to happen as soon as extra.
“However it was very very unlikely Laycon would have had a catastrophe whereas on the current.
“Apart from he had a crucial illness whereas in the house.”
Anekwe feels Laycon may need had a catastrophe.
“Constructive. Nevertheless points that set off catastrophe are infections, stress, and so forth. Couldn’t have had it there though. Plus, he might have meds that he takes usually to forestall crises.
“And he might have had one or two check-ups lowkey. They acquired’t current us that.”
Nonso Bobby Egemba, who popularly known as Aproko Doctor on social media and based in Nigeria, rounds it off correctly.
“For a lot of people, and I indicate, MANY people, Laycon symbolises hope, that no matter all the hurdles that society areas, all the privileges that are previous attain we would nonetheless win this sport referred to as life.
“That’s why he’s going to win, Of us see themselves in him. It’s not about pity.”