To meet up their weekly rentals 25,0000 to 35,0000 to the car owners most of the driver partners as they are called in the e-cab hailing industry they work all night. Most especially club days starting from Wednesday’s through the weekend’s. This is one of the factors that might probably caused the incident narrated by a survival, Mute Efe Below.
I have received several calls from some concerned friends saying they heard I was in an accident but they were not sure as I never posted anything about it.
I have decided to share about the accident today.
On the 27th of July 2019, almost eight weeks ago, Emeka Nobis and I were in a Taxify cab going for a summit at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.
(That was the first time I was going for a public event after my one year paternity leave. You will recall I posted about being a stay-at-home dad for a year just to be with my daughter.)
The driver picked me up some minutes past seven and by 7:30am we picked up Emeka at Excellent Hotel, Aguda. Both of us sat at the back so we could catch up, having not seen each other for some years.
It never occurred to me that the driver had been working all night Friday into Saturday. Instead of going home that morning, he kept on wirking and we became the unfortunate victims.
The summit we were going for was scheduled to begin 9:00am. It was a Saturday and there was no traffic, so by 8:00am we were already on the Third Mainland Bridge. That was where the driver slept off while driving.
I noticed the car was veering off the lane it was as we approached Obalende exit and I thought the driver wanted to take Obalende exit. I never knew he was already asleep on the steering wheel and the car was driving itself. Like we say, the car was “turning on its own.”
As we got closer to Obalende exit I realised the angle of deflection was not enough to get us into Obalende. That was when it occurred to me that the driver was sleeping. My shout of “Driver! Driver!!” was too late. We were already too close to the concrete shoulder.
We rammed into the concrete shoulder.
By the time we came to, one of my front teeth was broken. I sustained a deep cut on my face that will later be stitched. I also sustained other cuts on my left hand and right leg, with severe pains on my left shoulder due to the impact.
Emeka Nobis could not move his left leg. X-ray will later reveal double fractures sustained on that leg that will require surgery to fix.
Nothing happened to the driver. He was saved by the airbag.
About 45 minutes after the accident, an ambulance from the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre came and conveyed us to the General Hospital at Marina. Unfortunately, there was no bed space available so we had to be conveyed to the trauma centre at toll gate where my face was stitched and Emeka’s leg was immobilized to prevent further damage. Medication was also prescribed for the pain.
From the trauma centre, Emeka was transported to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, where X-ray and CT scan revealed the extent of the damage on his leg and he was placed on admission.
My X-ray confirmed that I had no fracture or dislocation. It was just the broken tooth and the cut on my face that needed to be stitched. Then the pains which I still feel seven weeks later although not as intense as when the accident just happened.
Emeka Nobis spent one week at LASUTH before he was referred to University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital where the surgery was done three weeks later.
Emeka is recuperating fine and I am much better now. The suture on my face has been removed leaving only the scar. And, of course, the broken tooth that will need to be replaced.
I want to appreciate all those who checked on me when the accident happened. Mummy Modupe Ehirim, Mummy Adebola Jaiye-Ojo, Boluwatiwi Ayo-Opaleke, Yetunde Fasipebi, Ogunbor Enoma, as well as others who visited Emeka while he was at LASUTH and others that called to show their care. Efe while on his Hospital Bed
I am profoundly grateful for your show of love. The basket of fruits that Boluwatiwi brought is enough to feed a small village 😃. I will never forget your love. Thank you, Efe recounted.