I’m Nigerian!!!


For some reason, there seems to be a lingering question of my origins. Why? What does it matter? I have no idea what the big mystery is. Anyway, to clarify matters, reduce endless speculation, and clear the air; allow me to re-introduce myself.

My name is Tosin Ola. I was born in Nigeria, raised in Nigeria, bred and buttered (as they say), in Nigeria. I came to the United States when I was 4, returned home to Naija when I was 10, and came back to the US when I turned 18. I’m assimilated into the US archetype, but am 100% Nigerian.

I actually have 13 names listed on my birth certificate; and yes, Jennifer is one of them.

Vixen is a nickname, coined from my first blog, which did not talk about sickle cell at all but delved more into the mysteries of dating and relationships. Since I used the same blogger profile when I set up this blog, the pseudonym carried over into this blog.

Sickle Cell Warrior, or SCW, is actually the pseudonym for this blog. I refuse to accept the label of sickler, sufferer or any other name that incites pitying looks and shunned whispers. I do not think that sickle cell is something to be ashamed of, and people with diabetes are not called diabeters…so why should I be called a sickler?

Anyway…now that that is all cleared up, let’s get on to more important matters:)


  1. I'm not sure where the issues came from, but I will just say THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and life through this venue. Yours was one of the first sites I found after our baby girl came home and I was searching – without much luck – for real-life information on SCD (not just the stuff in the medical-jargon books that the hematologist handed over with her diagnosis), and I've been following you ever since.

    Wishing you health and blessings!

  2. Why is that an issue? You're a blogger and have the right to remain anonymous. You're doing a great job and an inspiration and support for your fellow warriors. Keep it up!

  3. OMG I love you! even more so because of this website… it is exactly what I have been looking for! This is my first time here (FB suggested your page because I have friends that “liked” your page… and here I am!!) I am super excited and glad to find this website. Gosh you are speaking about me, it seems, in every post. Looking forward to visiting more.

  4. lovely,i wud really love 2 b a part of SCW n b A hardworking member for personal reasons…pls try n get across 2 ma ASAP. Thanks n kip up d gud work……One Love


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