To start with, I’m grateful my pastor called me this morning because I would have missed church! It didn’t occur to me that time had changed so when my alarm (on my Blackberry) woke me at 6.30am, somehow I picked up the Nokia and it said 5.30, same thing with my clock so your’s truly went back to bed! When the Nokia alarm went off at 6.30 (now 7.30 on the BB), I said to myself, ‘how about I lie in for another 30 minutes, and then ‘jump up’ at 7?’ (I said the exact words to myself). I was in the midst of that ‘lie in’ when my pastor called to say that just in case I didn’t remember, the time had moved forward! And no, I wasn’t late to church!

During the service, the visiting minister talked about actualizing the prophecies of God for our lives; he said that some people are ‘taken away’ before the manifestation of the greatness that God has designed for them. And I believe him. I immediately remembered the bbm (Blackberry message) I got yesterday; a friend just lost his dad, and I know his mom died just before we started studying at the university, I have another friend who lost her dad this same month of March, same scenario as the guy.

Walking home today, I started running these thoughts over in my head, and while I am immensely grateful to God for the privilege of every new day he gives my family and I, my heart goes out to these friends of mine who, adult as they are, are now orphans. One of them said to me, ‘who’s going to walk me down the aisle?’. It broke my heart, and I trust that God, who is the Father to the fatherless, will show Himself strong on their behalf, today, and always.

Looking back at March, was there any week I didn’t hear someone had passed? Even especially young people? On the international scene, Nate Dogg, Elizabeth Taylor, Geraldine A. Ferraro, died; not forgetting the thousands in Japan, Libya and other war torn/revolution seeking countries whose lives have been lost.

Closer home, on the 20th of march, Yoruba actor Ishola Durojaiye a.k.a Alasari died after being involved in a car accident on his way from Abeokuta to Lagos. He was going to Lagos to promote his new movie, ‘omo night club’.

Photo courtesy http://www.naijan.com

On the heels of that came the death of my favorite comedian, Chijioke John, a.ka CD John. Fresh on the comedy scene, John rose to fame (and very quickly) on the strength of his jokes about a certain Ibo chorister. He died in the early hours of the 24th of March on the way home from  functioning as MC at an album launch in Lagos. I hear he died three days to his birthday.


While we were still reeling from that, about 11pm that night I got a bbm broadcast that was asking if had (or knew anyone whose blood group was B and lived in Kaduna, that it was needed urgently). To start with, while I appreciated the fact that it had to be an emergency because I got the message from at least six people, I wondered if part of the information we have about our friends is their blood group. I know my dad’s because we have the same blood group but I can’t even bet that I know what it is for the rest of my family.

Anyways, we woke up on the morning of the 25th to hear that 22 year old Chidinma Mbalaso was dead; she’d been involved in a road accident in Kaduna the night before, and was the person who needed blood. She’s popular for being amongst the final four ‘kokolets’ on the reality series Koko Mansion.

I got this off her Facebook page, rest in peace beautiful….

I don’t know about you, but that’s one death too many; the rising stars in the entertainment industry, snatched in their prime, in a matter of weeks it’ll be a year since we lost Dagrin to a road accident too, he would have been 27 this year.

Barack O’Grin warrido…. Rest in peace boss….

Take a minute and say a prayer, that everyone we lost rests in peace, and for protection from every form of evil for us who are privileged to be in the land of the living.

It goes without saying that we should drive carefully (and I’m in no way insinuating that these precious ones were reckless), I’m just saying we should give God the raw materials to work with by being safe. Don’t drink and drive, don’t use a phone (call, text, or BB) when you’re behind the wheel; we’ve got just one life (not nine) so let’s keep it well.

Let’s not get into which road was bad, and which wasn’t; even though it does raise the eyebrows that three people (and these are the ‘popular’ ones) have lost their lives in less than two weeks! What is going on? Lord have mercy!

Most importantly (and at the risk of sounding preachy), what are you doing with yourself? What am I doing with myself? Are you happy with what/where you are now? If yes, any plans to step up? If no, what are you doing about it? Funny that barely a month ago in my chronicle about my visit to St. Paul Crofton church in Orpington I touched on these same issues…. *sigh*

As I encourage myself with the promises of God in Psalm 91, I enjoin you to have a super productive week, enjoy every single day of it!

Comments
  1. Collins O. Aziken says:

    …all these deaths painful it is to hear of them… Just two days ago I also heard the sad news of the demise of a colleague of mine who had gone home to deposit his mum’s corpse at the morgue only for him to be admitted at the intensive care unit of LUTH, due to ‘another’ car accident and he didnt make it… Not minding the risk of sounding religious, lets please ask ourselves this question; ‘am I right with God?’. It’s obvious anything can happen, at anytime…, we only survive and are saved by the GRACE OF GOD. ‘God, please keep us to fulfill our destinies here on earth, to YOUR Glory…, Amen’.
    May the soul of the faithful departed rest in the perfect peace, Amen.

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    • My condolences on the death of your colleague. It is not about sounding religious Collins, while we trust in the grace and protection of The Most High, we must at all times live ready.

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  2. Tomi Oladepo says:

    The entire week was just alarming. God keep us all safe in his arms.

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  3. hajo says:

    No one should have to die because of an inability to access safe blood. I am proud to say, I have been a voluntary blood donor for 4 yrs now with the National Blood Transfusion Service here in abj , zone 4 the NGO gives safe and free blood. I believe saving lives is a simple and practical thing to do. Sadly many youths shy away from voluntary blood donation because of the mandatory blood tests that is involved. I want us to encourage each other to give blood, it saves lives you would be shock by the statistics of how many people especially accident victims die because of lack of blood or those who get infected because of contaminated blood or the inability to buy safe blood.
    Every day I try to make it a point to duty to pray for not only myself but every other driver I encounter on the road. Most times the issue isn’t whether you can drive but whether the person driving close to you is a good driver.
    The simple discipline of using hands free while driving or totally avoid picking up calls while driving can save your life as well as others. Another thing is the bad habit of snacking (even I am guilty a-times) eat while driving, it’s wrong and a reckless thing to do.

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    • You’re very right Hajo, little things we do (that can wait till we get off the wheel) that endanger our lives, and the lives of other road users. And I totally agree with saying a prayer before hitting the road, I do it..
      About donating blood, I tried donating blood (voluntarily) sometime in 2007 and found after they ran some tests that what I had wasn’t sufficient for me! Was a very funny experience, but eye opening too.
      May their souls rest in peace, and I pray we are spared occurrences of this type of calamity….

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  4. Berry says:

    Hey FGS,

    Just saw the link to this blog post on twitter. Was surprised I didn’t know when you posted this in 2011 . Yeah!!! That’s how much I love to read from you. Lol.

    Chidinma Mbalaso was a year my junior at Federal Government Girls’ College, Umuahia. Her death was really painful.

    God will help us in this Country.

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    • Hey Berry!!! Happy new year! I know, you’re one of my ardent readers, and boy am I grateful for you!!

      About Chidinma (and all the others who passed that period), it is sad. We can only pray that they rest well, and that God comforts their families. Then we do our part to ensure that the rubbish leaders we have now don’t smell the seats of power come 2015!

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