"I Lost my Leg, Not My Voice," Says Black Pavarotti

Meche, a world famous singer and conductor, is also popularly referred to as ‘Black Pavarotti’. He had a foot amputated recently and the experience has lifted him to a whole new world of activities.

"I Lost my Leg, Not My Voice," Says Black Pavarotti

Meche, also known and referred to as ‘Black Pavarotti’, is a globally acclaimed conductor and singer, and has performed before countless Leaders in different countries of the world.

Recently, he had his left foot amputated, and this was a fallout of diabetes which he has been treating for a number of years. He says “I am a Diabetic. I got a bit careless with my blood sugar, maybe also with my diet and I really wasn’t careful.”

This experience has changed his vision of society, and he is planning a new set of activities which would help to move the country forward, and draw attention to the urgent plight of challenged persons in the country. He speaks very positively of the hospital in Abuja where he had the surgical operation, and salutes Ngozi, his wife, Aruma Oteh, Arch. Ugot, and many other friends who were very helpful while he was on admission.

His words “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, because right inside you are looked after very well. You can’t believe this is Nigera, where the Doctor’s come in and check you out. They clean the place about two hundred times a day.

The floor is so clean that it is tempting to pick what falls from your plate, to eat, because the place is spotless. Its unbelievable that things are so well planned out there, that you begin to wonder are these Nigerians?” He adds that if Nigeria could be run just one third of the way the hospital is run, then the country would make a very significant advance. He speaks on the immediate impact of the operation on his body “Immediately after the operation, the next day my hair started growing nicely. I had energy all over me.

I did not know initially that my leg was gangrened. It was dry, dead and was about to kill me. Immediately it was cut off, I started feeling well. My nails are growing nicely. My teeth are looking whiter. My voice is better. I did not know that my leg was killing me all the while."

His words “In four to five months time, I would have learnt to use my prosthetic legs, and when I am walking, only those people close to me, will look at me and say there’s a slight limp somewhere, but I will be okay.”At a point before he became diabetic he used to be as large as the legendary Pavarotti. “I was as large as Pavarotti. My waist was 48 inches, and I speak Italian, and I was bearded like Pavarotti. I sang for Pope John Paul when he came here, and somebody said ‘Pavarotti Nero,’ that is black Pavarotti.

He looks forward to a time when many groups would key into his proposed NGO and support it with wheelchairs which would be given out to physically challenged persons, and this would be done alongside a concert. Finally, he adds on a significant note “It’s who I am spiritually that matters, nothing more.”

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