Thursday, April 30, 2009

Some Experience!

The bus was now tightly packed and people were still jostling for positions as far away as from the door. And then, she begins to sob. One of the robbers came close to the window where she was sitting and asked why she was crying; she replied in between sobs, “It’s not because of what you stole but because of my leg”. I started laughing. It was a sad situation we were in but i couldn’t help laughing.

Such is the way i often laugh at my problems and this will not be an exemption. I looked at the different faces of my colleagues in the bus and it was a representation of the lives of Nigerians. Some faces were dazed, some showed fright, and some have jumped out of their skins in fear while most were sad. They were sad because of the ugly incident they were forced to witness right from the moment we walked into their lair.

We were coming back late in the night on the 20th of April 21, 2009 from a movie location at Ilaa in Delta State. We had shot late into the night and were heading for home when we ran into this road block and just like we do in the movies, some young men armed with guns and machetes jumped out of the bush and surrounded our bus and ordered everybody out. We filed out of the bus and found some comfort hugging the ground tightly. They took their time going through each person and taking away personal effects; cell phones, ipods, wrist watches, shoes, clothes, wallets, handbags, jewelries. They spared nothing.

They went into the bus and commenced a methodical search which led them to its nooks and crannies where some of my colleagues hid one thing or the other. They took all. Satisfied that they had got all that we had, they asked us to go but as the driver started the bus, a woman begged them for some documents in her handbag and unexpectedly, they obliged her and that was when some other person remembered that the tape we recorded was in one of the bags they stole and begged for it. Almost everybody knew that if the tape got lost, we were going to re-shoot all we had already done and several voices joined in begging for the tape. They would have thought that the tape was one gem they had got and could have probably missed some more and immediately swung into action. They commandeered us into a bush and all hell let loose in the bus. Cries and prayers were jostling for which to reach to God first.

God heard one and touched their heart and their leader ordered us to reverse and go. The driver obeyed and in a few seconds, we were once more on our way home in a quieter style. There were no chit chats

Things happen sometimes.


And on a happy note, i really had some fun hanging out with Dammy and Oyin when she came to Nigeria. I know you guys have seen the pictures on their respective blogs but i really have to let you guys know that it was fun.

17 comments:

aloted said...

nawa o..we tnx God for his mercies.

oyin was in naija? nice oneee

Writefreak said...

Really sorry about this robbery! Thank God you guys weren't hurt!

Miss FlyHigh - LondonsNaijaQueen said...

woow!! Emeka .... you didn't tell me this!! ...well thank God your all fine. So you got the tape back then ?

my goodness ... God is good

Emeka Amakeze said...

@aloted
We thank God my dear. Yes, Oyin was in Nigeria.

@Writefreak
Nobody was really hurt and we thank God almighty.

@Miss FlyHigh-LondonNaijaQueen
I'm sorry sweetie but we've never really had time to talk. They left with the tape and we had to reshoot all that is in the it.

Naughty Eyes said...

Saw the incident on your FB status and I was like WHAT? Sorry oh, Emeka but like everyone said: Glory be to God. Better the tapes and valuables than a life lost.
Take care!

N.I.M.M.O said...

Dang!

That must have been quite an experience.

Really sorry about that Bro.

Geebee said...

Thank God for his mercies o. Trust me, it could have been worse. Life is definitely worth celebrating no matter what one has to lose. As they say, as long as there’s life, there’s hope. Abi no be so. Things surely happen sometimes.

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Oh.. my... days... Nah wah oh..
So sorry to hear that you were robbed...

But I thank God that you and everyone else on the bus was okay and went home to their loved ones alive... even in this crazy mad situation, we give God thanks and glory. Hope you were not too shaken from it all.


Much Love

Nollywood Forever said...

Glad to hear that you are ok, that is the main thing!

abby said...

ouch!!! Good to knw ure ok..
1st time on here..
lovely blog

StandTall-The Activist said...

So sorry o. Thank God for your lives. I was once robbed and I asked for the sim of my phone. One of the thieves obliged but the other screamed at me to get off! Well, there went my sim...

Emeka Amakeze said...

Let me thank you all from the bottom of heart. you guys are really family and that's why i will always stick to you guys like glue. Thank you very much and it's from ala ala obi m. Naughty Eyes, N.I.M.M.O, GeeBee. Remi, United Kingdom, Nollywood Forever, Abby, StandTall, The Activist. I love you guys!

Oyin said...

Hey hun...thanks for the shout out....I really enjoyed my time with you and getting to know the person behind this blog. You are so so so sweet, and your kids are lucky to have a dad like you. oooo and you have brown eyes, ok I wont let you forget...not like you dont know already. But guys...dont let Emeka fool you. He looks different in person, he has brown eyes...hahaha

Anywayssssss..... You were telling me about this incident the other day and I was really shocked at this whole thing. Im so sorry that you had to encounter such devilish act, but thank God that you were able to go home AGAIN to your family. Always have a good day/night and please be safe and take of yourself for me....muah!

Angel said...

Stories like this really put me off from visiting Nigeria, aparently things like this happen all the time!

Sorry it happened to you x

Buttercup said...

Im sorry u went through that. Thank God for His mercies.

Its amazing how u can laugh despite ur situation..wish I cud be like u!

Oyin and Dammy r people I wudnt mind meeting!

My World said...

Thank God your safe...

Lady X said...

Nice of you to visit my blog!
Thank God no one got raped or hurt and they gave you guys the tape.
It could have been a lot worse!