Yup – I too am now part of the club of people that have been burnt by okada’s silencer. My classmates say it’s the sign of a true Nigerian, not sure if I agree much with that, but it was a very unfortunate, could-have-been-avoided event. Lets backtrack shall we?
So today began beautifully, I even had time to snapchat my new hairstyle:
Everything was peaceful and the academic part of the day ended earlier than expected – a medical student’s dream! I had an urgent bank related issue that needed sorting and First Bank online banking was just not working for me, even though I called their customer service number severally – so I decided to go to the bank 10 minutes from my school.
Because I’ve heard that the bank closes early ever since the whole Dollar/Naira palaver I decided to get a bike down so I’d get there in 1 minute rather than 10 and hope to make it before the closing time, which was unknown to me. It was 2.30pm.
I hailed a bike and was just about getting on when the bike man decided to stand up, thus unbalancing the bike and leading to it coming crashing down on me – with a trailer coming right behind us. I managed to hop off before the trailer crushed my body – but unfortunately the motorcycle’s silencer had not been concealed – and so it fried the skin of my inner right leg – the same leg I broke 3 years ago.
It hurt like anything! But I was still determined to make it to the bank so I limped down the 9 minute distance that became 15 due to my slow pace and lo and behold – the bank was closed.
So I was burnt and unfulfilled.
As pained as I was about the large, ugly mark on my leg – I had to thank God because it really was close to becoming a whole lot worse; I lost some skin but I literally could have lost my life today – just opposite my school.
Well that’s my story, please join me in prayers for a full recovery of my normal skin color because I really don’t want a huge scar!
Lots of love,