Yay. I am still alive.


"It’s all because of Jesus I'm alive
It’s all because the blood of Jesus Christ
It covers me and raises this dead man's life
It’s all because of Jesus I'm alive"
                                        - Casting crowns

Don’t fear, this blog is still a writing blog, not a religious one, but I would be the most ungrateful if I do not testify the goodness of God.

I was coming from vigil on 30th of March when my car’s electric system my battery started shutting down bit by bit. It started with the dashboard function, the window, and automatic light. I turned on the light manually, hoping that since the car had already started, it won’t stop until I turned the engine off. Later, the light started shutting down completely, the horn stopped working, locks stopped working, the whole electric system. I was driving in the dark, and my lights were out. I was like if you will die, die on the island o, not on 3rd mainland, but I am still thinking since I won’t turn it off, the engine won’t die. I got on 3rd mainland and was going, if the dashboard functions were working, I'm sure I'd have known that the car won’t get me home. Cos I must have been going at 120 but the car must have been moving at 60. You know what… the car shut down completely!... In the middle of 3rd mainland… at 5:25am. Immediately I noticed it slowing, I knew there was trouble. I moved to the slow lane and believe it or not, I kept on pressing accelerator that wasn’t responding, my foot was shaking, sweating. Panic! I thought is this where my short life will end? In the middle of 3rd mainland bridge? Everyone jokes about being stranded on the bridge at night. Some comedians say if you are stranded on the bridge at night, you jump inside the river or lock yourself in your boot, cos it will be better than what your eyes will see. People my case was worse, it was 5.25 am. Everywhere dark, people were sleeping. Suddenly, the comedians’ jokes didn’t seem funny anymore.
In the dark, I saw smoke coming out of my car. I was like, there’s no way I am coming out of this car by this time, in the dark. The only thing that would make me come out of this car is if it goes up in flames, so I stayed put.

I called my rewire and told him wasup, and then my credit finished after like 8 seconds. The phone that had the main credit was off due to a weak battery.  I started panicking like a Christmas goat. I didn’t know who to call at that time. So I sent BBMs to like 3 church people cos I felt they would still be awake, since we left church around the same time. Only one person responded.

People I was confused. I started singing “I plead the blood the blood of Jesus.” Then I prayed a bit and spoke in tongues small, so I could build an atmosphere of worship and no attackers would come, all the while, trying to get one church person to pick my rewire and drive back to 3rd mainland. The BB battery had almost died. If it died, that was gonna be the end cos they won’t be able to reach me again. My laptop was in the boot, and I knew that whatever happens, I shouldn’t step out of the car cos I would expose myself to the attackers that might be watching. I had gone from sitting in a car to sitting in an ordinary metal box. I couldn’t put on hazard light cos the electric system was down, so all the cars that were passing would almost reach me before seeing that there’s a dead metal box on the road, since it was still dark. I am sure those cars were either coming from vigils of clubs, since it was Friday midnight into Saturday morning. It was by God’s grace that I didn’t get hit.

After a while I just stopped worshiping and kabashing. It was a panic prayer mixed with faith, but I couldn’t do panic prayer for long. It’s just not my thing. So I just asked God to take control and laid back. I knew only two things could happen, I could lose my life and/or my possessions. There was no way I could lose the car. Whatever thief wanted to steal the car would have to come to start it with his own battery first, lol. But something just kept telling me that it was not time for me to die. So that left the loss of the possessions. After I kept scolding myself for not backing up the latest piece of story I had been writing, I calmed a bit, and just kept waiting for help. It wasn’t until past 6.00 am that it occurred to me to start hiding my possessions under the car seat. I hid my wallet, kindle, the dead phone and charger, iPod. I even hid my Hollandia yoghurt. Why should the robbers get to drink the yoghurt I bought with my money? Lol

At the end, I had my mini umbrella, lip gloss, watch, pen and some pieces of papers left in my bag. If the robbers came, I will just give them the bag. The weight of the umbrella will make it seem like there’s something there. I called the Lagos state distress emergency number. An automated voice said someone would be on the line shortly, and then it cut off. This happened twice. The emergency thing is just rubbish!
I turned off Twitter and Facebook on the BB that was already almost dead. Some guy pinged me by past 6 am asking if that was my hair in the pic, saying its beautiful. I was pissed. Who pings people by 6.00 am to strike up conversation? Obviously, the lady on the BB flyer was a model. I told the guy not to ping me again cos I was stuck on the bridge, I needed the last one bar I had left I that time.

A tolling van came. I don’t know how he knew I was there. Probably the same way robbers always know too. When he realised I didn't have money, he left without a word. He didn’t even offer to take me to the end of the bridge, even though he was going that way, at least that way I would be safe from cars that couldn’t see me and robbers. He left me there alone, wickedly. His face was the only face I saw until the rewire and my friend came.

I was grateful because they must have either gone back all the way to the island to turn or passed Ikorodu road to come out of Adekunle. Either way, they took a big risk for me.

Without a word, my rewire changed the battery, drove me home and took the car to his shop. I got home, thanked God preserving my life and properties, and typed this testimony.

I thank God for everything, that I am alive. I didn’t end up as one of the 3rd mainland bridge casualty statistics, and wicked men did not find me.

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  1. Hallelujah! I join you to rejoice for this deliverance. I have heard terrible stories about the going-ons on Third Mainland Bridge. All praise to Him and congratulations to you!

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  2. Praise God and thank Jesus for safety. God is faithful and he's always watching over us.

    Seriously, I never thought I was going to read something like this as a post on this blog. It's not that I thought you are not a Christian but you have never hinted or blogged in passing about your faith.....hope I haven't over talked oh......:)

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    1. No, you haven't over talked, lol. It's because you started visiting this blog only recently.

      There was a time when people actually thought this blog was a Christian blog, because of some posts I used to write, but I always knew a religious blog was not the image I was trying to pass across, lol.

      I was just writing so many random stuffs, but because I am a christian, my religion reflected in many of my posts, because I can only speak the language I understand.

      After a while, I decided that there was something I wanted my blog to be known for, which is as a writing blog. So I stopped blooging about religion, church, or my personal life, cos I already had an image in mind, you get. If you read my old posts, you will see a lot of preachy, churchy and religious stuffs. You can check them out, and enjoy them.

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    2. Ok ma....I will start reading all the stories I missed. One day, I will learn how to mesmerise people with words the way you do. I will surely get there.


      I love your african naturalists blog ..it's my second home for hair related matters.

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  4. #1. Thank God for your safety

    #2. What happens on 3MB at night?

    #3. What or who is a rewire? :-S

    http://berrydakara.blogspot.com

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    1. Do you live in Nigeria at all? Lol.

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    2. WHAT IS A REWIRE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!?!?!?!?!?!

      I only moved back a couple of years ago. So WHAT THE HECK IS IT?!

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  5. this is soo wonderful God knows how to take care of His own. my siter, you will not die before your time. joining you to give Him praise!

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    1. Yes o. I will live to ripe old age. Thanks

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  6. I rejoice with you Atilola.
    A friend experienced such, but was robbed, and a police check-point was just a throw stone away!

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    1. Na wa o. It is not that I am special, but God's mercy availed. Thanks ma'am

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  7. Wow! And to think i just got to know you yesterday. I'm really happy that God was with you. Of course we are nothing without Him and He remains wonderful. Thanks be to God. I just hope this doesn't taint your already not-so-great impression of that bridge o. Lol. Takia though!

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    1. Lol at tainting my impression. I'm not a johnny just come for Lagos na. Thanks

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  8. Babes, thank God for you o! You must have gone through hell! I don't pray for anyone to experience such and may you never experience such again in Jesus' name. Amen!!! http://www.frediliadtruthuncensored.com/

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    1. God was with me in that hell mehn. He never left me. Thanks

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  9. Omg my Ati baby, thank God o!! He alone is worthy of our praises.

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    1. Yes o. I give Him alone the praise. Thanks

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  10. Thank God you are fine. He alone kept you safe o...no doubt
    The kind of stories I've heard about that 3rd MB...

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    1. Yes o. When Man was not available, God proved himself faithful.

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  11. CHOI!!!!!!! God be praised!!!! I cant even imagine so I won't bother trying to. I am pretty sure that I would have killed myself with the worries of what-could-be if I were in your shoes. This is indeed a real testimony. Indeed, God be praised.
    @Sykik, looool, you must not have been here in the days of yore.

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    1. Believe me, don't even imagine. It's scaaaarrrrryyyyy.

      Lol at days of yore.

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  12. Ah! That musta been beyond scary. I just left Enkay's blog who also had a 3rd mainland bridge experience *carries offering pouch*

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    1. Really? Thank God Enkay is safe.

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  13. I thank God for His mercies on your life, may His name be praised forever.

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  14. THANK GOD!

    I'm sure it must have been a scary experience. May his name be praised for his mercies.

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    1. It was scary o, really. But God kept me.

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  15. Wow! That was definitely God at work.

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  16. All thanks to God. Hallelujah for all he has done!

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  17. Wow babe, i bless God for your life, the horror stories about the third mainland bridge eh....i say Thank you Jesus on your behalf

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    1. Ma'am, its real horror o. Thank God for He kept me.

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  18. When I think of all the things that could have happenend, all I can say is 'Thank you Lord for surely @ilola's guardian angels were on high alert'. There is no doubt in my mind. 5.30am?!

    Surely in the valley of the middle of 3rd mainland bridge, we shall fear no evil.......

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    1. Hmm. There are some things that happen in our lives, and we know it is just God. I thank God for life o.

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  19. Even tho I don't stay in Lag and may not fully understand how scary the 3MB experience may be,am grateful you are safe! I feel the average Nigerian city isn't that safe that such hours!
    I joined you to thank God.

    Ps : that towing guy dint try at all sha!! Can't people just be nice when they see someone in distress?

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    1. Just like many Nigerians are good people, there are also many wicked Nigerians. We thank God

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  20. That would have been so scary. God be praised; he is definitely not done with you yet. As for emergency services, I've never believed in them; and the towing guy is a total idiot (I just must say).

    God be praised!!!

    and, hiding your yoghurt, lol indeed.

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    1. In distress times ehn, you will try everything. Even in services you don't believe in. Lol.

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  21. That must have been a harrowing experience. Thanking God for keeping you safe Atilola. He will never abandon his children when they need him!

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    1. Yes o. He was with me all through and through. I thank God

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  22. Even though I don't live in Lagos, I rejoice with you as I know the dangers of staying on that kind of bridge for that long at that time of the day. God is faithful. He that keeps Israel neither sleep nor slumber. He is with you.

    I rejoice with you, Sis. Did you get my wedding IV btw?

    - LDP

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    1. Long time of the day ke? Did you say day? Lol

      I am ashamed cos I didn't reply you earlier.

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  23. Thank God for His faithfulness. I know exactly how you must have felt. God always watches out for and saves His own.
    It just reminds me of when my car also stopped in motion at anthony bridge. It was late and cars were zooming past me and everything in the car just went off. I just prayed and the car rolled to a police stand which was what stopped it. Fortunately I wasnt too far from home and a good samaritan stopped to help. The funny thing is that mopol passed by and the only thing they could say was 'what are you doing here? You better leave before 'they' (i.e. robbers) come and catch you here.
    This is definitely worth testifying to

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    1. Hmm. As someone said, God knows how to keep His own. Thanks ma'am

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  24. congrats,and praise the Lord for safety. however, pls, next time, since the car gave you problem before 3MB, you should not have ventured further.....into 3MB..at least on the island you are safer! it pays to just drive to a taxi park or a known place

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    1. You have a point jare. But as you know, once a battery starts, it should normally not go off, no matter how bad the situation is. I never knew that the problem was a different one than I envisaged. I did not know any known place, cos it was like mid mid night.

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  25. Am so happy you are alive and well. Stay safe in the arms of God.

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    1. Thanks o. I am happy too. Na God.

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  26. Only those who's conversant with what happens in 3MB would know what God did for you.Thank God for safety.

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    1. Yes o. To some people, it is like a fairy tale.

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  27. Good to know you survived the ordeal...all the best.

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  28. Wow, Lola, thank God for His divine protection over you. I have heard stories about that bridge. There is an eerie one that our HR Manager shared with me a few weeks ago about a relative of his, who was stranded on 3rd mainland bridge at an odd hour. The man just lay inside his car. Sometime during the long night, he narrates that he saw some guys drive up in exotic SUVs, and they all came out of their cars; then one of them cut off someone's head-apparently their captive-carried up the head like a trophy while the blood drained down on him, then he threw the head into the water, and he and his cohorts zoomed off after that. The man almost died for fear. Thankfully, the ritualists did not spot him or God blinded them. I bless God for you. Please praise God unashamedly, religious blog or not!

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    1. Haaa. Thank God I did not hear this scary news before my own happened. Where are the security peeps in Nigeria o?

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  29. I praise the lord for your life.

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  30. I can't even begin to imagine how scared you would have been. Thank God for being a shield around you.

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  31. lola dear!!!! thank God for ur life ooo...wow!!! who would have known!!!!

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  32. Wow! I'm
    Speechless! God is good!

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