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Toyin Lawani shares Story of Harrowing Fibroid Pains & Surgery



Toyin Lawani Fibroid Surgery 1

Toyin with her 2 children

Multi-hyphenate entrepreneur Toyin Lawani opened up to her fans in a major way today as she shared the harrowing story of her experience with fibroids and recent surgery.

We know a lot of African women are living life with fibroid pains. It is always great when people speak out so kudos to Toyin.


I choose to tell you my story today. Number one, I keep everything in my life under wraps because of the negativity out there.
90 percent of my life doesn’t make it to the Internet. I’ve been through a lot in my life but I’ll let you read all the truth in my book and watch on my reality show “Life of an Entrepreneur”.

A lot of people send me DMs and emails saying how perfect I am, how they want to be like me, how strong I am; Asking how I manage to run 20 businesses and take care of my 2 kids at the same time. I promised myself to always keep going to encourage the people I inspire.

This powerful string woman you see is not perfect. I have my pains, I cry too especially when I’m misjudged, have been betrayed and stabbed in the back severally by friends but I promised myself I was going to make a change for ladies in the industry so I put all my talent to use.

I keep pushing even when they drag my name in the mud. I never show weakness because I hate pity but today, I’ll tell you this; If not for my PR, I’ll post all I went through during the last 10 days, but it’s too horrific but I insisted they televised it for my reality show.

When I had @lilatmfashionista (My daughter, Tiannah), I bled all through the pregnancy, not knowing I was even pregnant till about 5 months. 3 years after I had her, I was having stomach pains and bleeding heavily through my periods. I went to my gynaecologist, he said I had 3 small fibroids and we agreed to take them out through laparoscopic surgery.

I woke up thinking it was done. He said it was on my womb, that I would lose my womb if he did it. I didn’t sign for them to open me up, that they had to do it through major surgery. he said one was on my bladder which made me pee myself when I cough in public and it have me terrible back pains and leg pains. He advised me to have another baby before the surgery. Years after, I got pregnant with (my son) @lordmaine1 despite the consequences, my partner insisted I had the baby. I found out I was pregnant at 4 months like the first time cause I was having periods due to the fibroids. At 5 months, I was bedridden, I had a lot of pains from from the pregnancy. I flew to my gynaecologist in the UK. He said I had something called “Red degeneration” where the fibroids suck the blood from the baby and doesn’t make it grow. The same day, I found out I had gestational diabetes ?. I thought I was going to lose the baby, they changed my diet, I went through non-stop pains till about 7 months, later the baby started growing well and so were the 3 fibroids. They put my sugar levels on check during this period.

*Graphic Photo*

Toyin Lawani Fibroid Surgery 2

Toyin’s recent fibroid removal surgery

With all the pains, I even had a fashion show in the UK @AFWLANDAFWN (Africa Fashion Week London) and no one knew what I was going through, even after the show, I still ended up at the hospital the next day. They couldn’t give me any serious meds all through my pains cause it could affect the baby. Just pain killers so I had to bear the pain. In all this, one day I was sleeping at home and someone sent me a blog story, I read a lot of horrible things about the paternity of my child with a series of lies just to pull me and my brand which I have worked so hard for down.

This worsened my health badly but my partner and mother-in-law stood by me all through; taking care of me and with prayers. They never doubted me once.
During this period, I couldn’t walk, eat, bath myself not talk. Thanks to my partner and brother, they used to bath me and also a sister God sent to me.
The pain stopped at about 7 months, a lot of my old staff had left me by then but I raised a team of interns and worked until I was 8 months and 2 weeks (pregnant) because like everyone, we have bills to pay, I even lost my home and former shops. After I had the baby, I started working on my new site – Tiannah’s Place Empire quietly…leaving some details out but you can read it in my book.

Next day after my birthday on the 2nd of March, I was having fun with family at Federal Palace (Hotel), I started bleeding chunks of blood nonstop. I was rushed to Reddington (Hospital) and collapsed when we got there.
They stopped the bleeding and pleased with me to do the surgery but I kept postponing it because I didn’t want to lose my womb.

It happened again but this time, I couldn’t fly out, a friend told me about a very good Lebanese Hospital and they rushed me there, took the 3 fibroids out and saved my womb. I was so scared of the scar from the surgery but to my surprise, it’s so thin. It’s unbelievable, when I see people with CS scars, I’m like Hell No. Well, I think God for my life and my family for standing by me on my sick bed. Thanks to the wonderful doctors @celebdr Dr Diya you are a wonderful man, Dr Wake, Dr Oke, Dr Valerie, they all made me feel at home. Too many jokes from them and thanks to my online TeamTiannah and my 40 members of staff at Tiannah’s Place Empire that kept the biz going.

Ladies, please check yourselves regularly, imagine if I was so far from the hospital? This is how people bleed to death. Lord, I thank you for your continuous blessings and that I can hold my kids again and have more of them…I’ll serve you forever #ATM

*Edited for Clarity*


  1. jide

    September 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    BN, if you didn’t edit for clarity nko? Oour mobile devices for crash. Una fit hype – multi-hypenated accroding to who? Lmao. Pele Toyin.

  2. Hadunni-Sneh

    September 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Very sad touching story, so happy for u though

  3. mautin

    September 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    You jst do not know the issues people go through.well unless they speak up.
    We’re too quick to speak against pple esp Celebs.
    Speedy recovery Toyin!

  4. its well

    September 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    the Lord is your streght….everyone has his or her struggle, no one is perfect……

  5. an

    September 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    God bless you Toyin and thank you for sharing your story. I am suffering from uterine fibroids and i am a nullipara. The gynaecologists have advised me to get pregnant really fast, unfortunately this is yet to happen.

  6. xplorenollywood

    September 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Thank God for safe treatment! At a certain age, women have fibroids, so I agree with Toyin, women please check urself! Sometimes painful jabs during before after periods shouldn’t be waved aside! Visit ur gynaecologist often pls!!!

  7. amazing

    September 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Please what is the name of this Lebanese hospital pls

    • Googleisyourfriend

      September 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

      @amazing, check on the twitter feed of the doctor whose twitter handle she mentioned, for her tweet. It’ll answer your question.

  8. Purpleiciousbabe

    September 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story…
    I am so happy you are well and back.
    I pray no more fibroid in Jesus

    I am so pleased to know they saved your womb too. Thank God!

  9. dupsy

    September 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    This is a very moving and touching recount! Please don’t tear and help in pulling people down my people! We are all successful one way or another, please stop all this evil envy and jealousy about other people because of riches and material things. People are hurting real hurting – don’t try to be like someone else. Just be yourself and who God created you to be. I thank God this lady shared her story so that you i want to be a celebrity by fire or force can read about her experience. May God heal her completely and thank you Toyin for sharing your experience many people will learn a thing or two from it.

  10. Kibellnik

    September 27, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I understand you perfectly Toyin, the pains one go through is excruciating. I had multiple fibroid and enlarge uterus, tried everything to save the uterus but it was impossible and to think am in my mid 30s, never had a child and will never have my biological child but I still praise God for granting me safe surgery. I just laugh it off when people complement me and wish to be like me without knowing I still soak my pillow with tears.

    • yolo

      September 28, 2015 at 6:37 am

      You can still have kids. There’s IVF egg retrieval and surrogacy.

    • Ada Nnanyelugo

      September 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Awww…. sending e-hugs your way. Sorry for what you’ve been through.

    • Tee

      September 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Hi Kibelink, im so sorry about your predication. The lord is your strength. Just wanted to ask if you weren’t given any advice on freezing ur eggs and perhaps having a surrogate carry the baby for you when you;’re ready. Except you really didn’t have the desire to have kids. I am always saddened when I hear the plight of a lot of Nigerian women that can be helped medically, and we just give up. I have a colleague that had one of her tubes removed as a result of an ectopic pregnancy. And she kept saying she will never have kids. Meanwhile I have a cousin with same issue and she has 3kids now. I just hope as women we can get the best advice and various opinions before giving up on having kids.

  11. Love

    September 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I’m so happy she succefully carried the pregnancy to term. A friend of mine also had a miscarriage about 22weeks pregnant because the fibroid was sucking all the blood and nothing was left for her baby, she ended up having the surgery to remove her fibroid. I also have fibroids but luckily mine isn’t like my friend or ‘Toyin’s. I was able to carry my pregnancy to term without any pain or issues. My OBGYN even told me that the Fibriod wasn’t going to affect my pregnancy, so I’m not going to remove it until I have all my kids, my mom removed all her fibroids and her womb cos she said she has 5 kids and his not planning on having anymore kids in the future. Also, regarding Ceserian Section, I had one when I had my son and you can hardly see my scar in bikini or underwear. They do CS well in U.S. maybe it’s the way they do CS in Africa. I’m 6 weeks postpartum and I’m already back in the gym.

  12. mrs chidukane

    September 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Red degeneration is no joke. I experienced it in my first pregnancy. Thank God this one has been smooth so far. You never really know what people are going through. I pray things go well for you Toyin and your needs are met.

    • bells

      September 29, 2015 at 7:45 am

      but then red degeneration’s defination is the other way round(just to educate you all). the fibroid gets starved of blood, not the baby. so it starts to dry up and gets really painful.. all the blood will be diverted to the baby and the organs so it gets starved…..

  13. Nne

    September 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Wow…. Thank God for a successful process. All the best Toyin

  14. mary

    September 28, 2015 at 2:43 am

    . that is the reason people should stop taping into anything they see. people post pics on social media, and everyone wants to be like them, and be taping into what they see anyhow without knowing the struggles or the emotional battles they are going through. may God strengthen you Toyin

  15. jan

    September 28, 2015 at 4:57 am

    thanking God on her behalf…God pls perfect my healing too…ive been in and out of hospital

    • Vortex

      September 28, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Jan, I pray God does so for you and all others in need of healing. Stay strong.

  16. sally

    September 28, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Dear Toyin….U are healed from the crown of your head 2 d soul of ur feet in Jesus name…Amen!!!

  17. Jaybanks

    September 28, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Aw i am so happy for her, i was sad reading this.. Shes a survivor and thank God for saving her.

    • luchi

      September 29, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Thank God for her… I see you Jaybanks 🙂

  18. Nuffsaid

    September 28, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Behind the glory there’s a story, thank you Toyin for sharing this story, God bless you!

  19. lady

    September 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

    toyin i really thank God for your life. I went to lagos some weeks back and drove by ur flagship store at lekki and i was like wow, so big, so nice etc. I would never have imagined all this pain u have been through and thankfully you had the funds to take care of yourself at the hospital. I once had that spontaneous bleeding about a year ago (bleeding large chunks) i ddnt know the cause and thought my life was over. I went to see the gynae the next day and after a scan he told me there was a small fibroid in there.and i should hurry and take in. I am trusting God for conception soon. thank you for sharing your story.

  20. adenike

    September 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Tank God for u…Can u give me the address of the place please

  21. viva

    September 28, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    thank god for u

  22. purplesivy5

    September 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Be nice to people because everyone is fighting a battle..forget how nice and beautiful we appear we just hide behind the smiles.
    It doesn’t cost anything to be nice and courteous to people.
    May God perfect your healing Toyin.

  23. Somebody

    September 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Toyin Toyin please tell the truth in your quest for attention ,1 you lost your house because you left oniru for 16years old,he throw you out ,2your staffs left you because of the ojuju and sacrifice you were doing in your shop,3 you were I pain but you undergo countless surgeries ,enhancing your bum ,breast,and stomach to stay in shape.girl flip back ,you are looking for simpaty ?you were using your pain to sleep with countless artist and girls ?this your story is touching dear ,you are writing a book? Lmao ok

  24. Aminu Mobola

    June 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story it gave me confident of surving it. I had mine June second and it was successful

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