I managed to come out of the car while people in nearby shops ran helter skelter. A crowd later gathered and they were asking ‘ who drove this car’? i was in their midst but they didn’t know it was me. Azeez the driver held his head in his hands and pointed at me ‘she was the one who drove the car’[lol, just like judas gave jesus away] and people looked at me, ‘ are you okay? Are you fine? Just take it easy. There’s no problem. I least expected this show of love from Nigerians. Despite the fact that i hit a car and nearly killed them.
A woman emerged from the crowd and said ‘do you have learner’s permit?’ oya, come let me take you to where you will get it so that policemen will not harass you. Nobody abused or cursed, they were all sympathetic.’ Are your parents aware you took the car out?’ don’t worry, no need to fear, there is no problem. You see, it happens sometimes.
A man emerged from the crowd with photographs. ‘’see, this was when i started driving too. I have had three accidents in my life’ the pictures were gory sights of wrecked cars as a result of accident. No need to fear. You are even a young girl. I was just looking all through the ordeal. It was like a nightmare. It all happened in the twinkling of an eye. The man claimed he had seen me drove past that day saying the accident must have been a mistake.
NURTW members came to meet me ‘will you repair this car’? before then, i had not clearly seen the extent of damage on the other car. I looked at it and my fear grew, [gbese]. I couldn’t talk. One of their members called the police and ‘my car’ was driven away with azeez the driver. I wasn’t there at this time, i later joined them at the station. I wrote a statement and was waiting for the DPO who incidentally is a brother to my mum[lol] i sat down at the station staring into space.
To cut a long story short, we settled with money and the DPO offered to pay out of it. I took ‘my car’ to the panel beater’s shop and deposited some money. I wanted the car home before Mr Banji came, that was my major worry. I couldn’t sleep at night. I had seen the way he handled Tobi Olasiyan over that car so i was perplexed. I feared what he would say and the fear nearly killed me. I travelled out of town the day he was supposed to come back.
Lo and behold, i was in multi trex at the workshop when he called me and said i should come home, no big deal. He said he brought a lot of pineapple, corn and oranges and they couldn’t take it alone. Truly, i was dumbfounded. Mr Banji humbled me on this one.i got home late at night and they asked me to go and carry my own food[pounded yam]. The only advise he gave me two days after; go to a driving school.
He said he didn’t want to see the car until the repair was complete. So the car was brought in two days after and he said he would complete the repair. As for azeez the driver, he said i should still call him so that we would continue with a manual car under his care. I haven’t seen him since then. He who fights and run away, lives to fight another day. I’ll surely drive again but not now and not definitely a tutor like azeez the driver. I am grateful that he instilled boldness in me. He took things far but it helped me to achieve much in little time.
The psychological trauma that followed explains why i have been absent from this page in a while. I kept on imagining what would have happened if i had died. I just shouted when the crash was about happening. I didn’t remember to pray. So what would i have gone to tell God?
I am a deep thinker by virtue of temperament. Others would not think beyond this point but i explore every detail in my mind. I have recovered now. Dear readers of Yetunde Olasiyan’s blog, i am happy to be alive, happy for another chance.
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