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After completing his BA degree program at the Ọbáfẹmi Awólọwọ University Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Ayodeji Opaleye made plans for the next phase of his life… NYSC. In June 2012, he was posted to Benue State for the year. Three weeks of the camp activities flew bye and he received the letter to report at Otukpo Local Government. He joined other corp members in the bus arranged by the Corpers Fellowship.

Thousands of Nigerian youth have gone through this experience – it is a normal thing; only Ayodeji’s story is different. He narrated  the events of that event to us at BellaNaija

On July 23, 2012, Ayodeji Opaleye was involved in an accident that changed his life. He recalls: “We set out on our journey and we had been moving for over an hour; having passed through  Makurdi, it was certain that we had only about 30 minutes or less, to arrive at our destination. A good number of us on the bus were asleep due to the stress we had gone through earlier that day. Unfortunately, there was an accident which immediately claimed the lives of 2 Corp members on the bus, leaving 4 of us really injured “I had the most injuries. As it was narrated to me much later by one of us on the bus that day, he said; the bus skidded off the road suddenly and tumbled several times on the road and into the bush.
I was the most injured of the 4 that sustained brutal injuries. I had even been laid along with the guys that died, thinking I also was already dead too; but thank God the people at the scene were able to figure out I was still alive on time.

 

After the accident, they were taken to Benue State Teaching Hospital.Not being equipped with the expertise required for his care, the hospital transferred Ayodeji to Memfy’s Hospital in Enugu State. He woke up from from the coma 14 days after the accident. Thus began the inspiring story we are about to share with you. If you take nothing away from this story, take the positive energy of this young man, whose life changed so drastically – in the course of what seemed like normalcy.

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Contacting the family
My family got to hear the news later that day of the accident, through someone that confirmed that I was on the bus. Everyone couldn’t reach me and they were all bothered, I remember speaking to my dad and mum when I got the letter telling them I was posted to Otukpo, and I put a status update up on my BBM in my blackberry then “it’s OTUKPO baby
The accident happened and there was no way I could be reached. My elder brother, my then girlfriend and a couple of others were trying to reach me but couldn’t. So, they resorted to making random calls and surfing the net to know if they could get any information on NYSC members in Benue around that time. Eventually, they stumbled on a Twitter handle that was managed by one of the Batch B Corp members in Benue. He tweeted that there was an accident involving corp members going to Otukpo; so my then girlfriend contacted my brother, as they were in the search together. My brother contacted one guy who stayed in my estate – who was schooling in Benue at the time. He asked the guy to please go to the accident scene and make confirmation(s) to know if I was in the accident. On getting there, he found that I was there and gave a feedback to my brother that I was on the bus. My brother eventually passed the news to the rest of the family somehow.

Regaining Consciousness
I remember vividly that I was in a stretcher, being wheeled into an ambulance to go for a CT SCAN and I opened my eye and saw the environment and a doctor with two nurses. I didn’t need to ask questions, because I clearly remember where I last was, and I could figure there had been an accident. I silently thanked God for being alive. I was just happy because I was still able to open my eye to see myself again, though I was in pains.

Furthermore, after a while being conscious, I felt I was strong enough to the bathroom by myself. I told my mum and my aunt , who were with me, and they were quite excited, because I hadn’t gotten up from the bed in about a month. They had put a big cloth over the mirror in the bathroom, so I wouldn’t be able to see my reflection. They definitely didn’t want me to feel bad or tear myself apart. Unfortunately for them, I guess I was smart enough to find out there was a mirror behind the cloth and I pulled it away, and beheld my face.

I discovered that I had lost one eye… It was pretty fascinating. I was trying to feel bad and imagined how I’d live with one eye. Then, I cautioned myself and thought: what if I had lost both eyes and didn’t die? My family won’t get rid of me now… So I raised my chin up and just said “Thank you Jesus”

I had lost my right eye, some part of my skull bone, about 14 teeth, deep big wound on my left arm, bruises all over my body

The doctors were very friendly and calm; I didn’t want them to come sometimes because of the imagination of the pain I’ll go through during dressing of the wounds. I had one favourite of them all “Dr Jac Okere” I remember always telling him to be careful, in a soft tone voice almost 20 times before he’s through with one session of dressing alone. So once he’s attending to me and I call him “Doctor Jac” – he’ll immediately respond saying “I know; CAREFUL right?” ? and I’ll respond with a soft smile ? and he’ll do likewise.

I remember playing a song from my mum’s phone someday dancing at the hospital lobby, even with all the bandages over my body. My room was quite close to the nurse(s) station, one of the nurses couldn’t help but join me in dancing and it was a very exciting moment for me.

Hospitals + Surgeries + More Surgeries
I kept receiving treatment in the hospital at Enugu and in just 2 weeks, the bill was about 2.3million naira already, and it kept growing. I was at the hospital in Enugu for over 2 months and we had a total bill of about 5 million naira; having done about 4 surgery i.e- “temporary graft surgery” – a portion of the skin on my head was removed and put on the injured face temporarily, so it will heal a little before being returned back to the head. Later, there was to be a harvest of skin from my thigh to finally graft the injured face, to enhance healing. I know I might be sounding weird, but that was one of the numerous surgeries I went through. The same was done for my left shoulder at the hospital at Krown Hospital in Iyana-Paja, Lagos where I was for about another 3 months
I remember I was taking an antibiotics drug that cost about 15-20,000 naira daily for 15 days and that alone cost about half a million.

I was at home for about 2 months after leaving the hospital in Lagos, but I wasn’t feeling very well yet and the face wasn’t looking very good still, so I had to seek your go for further treatment.

I traveled to India to for further medical care in January 2013. It was when I got to India, it was discovered that I had a spinal related injury (non union of c1-c2 odontoid) that needed to be attended to, in order to avoid paralysis /stroke.

I spent another 3 months doing series of surgeries. I went into the Operating Theatre about 12-15 times both in Nigeria and in India for various kinds of surgeries – from “skin graft, bone graft, vein graft, ball socket evacuation, reverse flap, 14 permanent artificial dentures , spinal, c1/C2 odontoid fusion surgery, skull bone loss replacement, left arm contracture release surgeries, e.t.c.)

When I went for my follow up treatment in India after the first time in 2013, I was told to come for follow up treatment for at least 5 years continuously, but unfortunately I went just one year after and I couldn’t go again due to financial constraints.

Sometimes I feel awkward in some of the surgery sites, but I just take it off my mind and act like I can’t feel anything, and it just goes that way, because I’ve channeled my mind to the fact that I have to remain strong and sound at all times. But I hope to be able to go for my check up in due time to ascertain a lot of things from the doctor(s) that handled the case. I’ve not been able to go again due to financial constraints, not forgetting that some of the debts incurred even back then haven’t been settled till now, and I can’t afford to sponsor my treatments myself yet, but I believe that in due time, very soon, everything will smoothen up.

The Weight of Medical Bills
That first Indian trip in 2013 cost $30,000 USD. The total amount of money that we were able to account for was between 15-20million naira throughout the first phase of 9 months of my hospital treatment.

As confirmed from my mum who was with me throughout, NYSC didn’t do anything about my hospital bills aside from the initial payment of 750 thousand naira at the Enugu hospital.

At the time I was in the hospital at Enugu, the then state coordinator of the NYSC in Benue State, Mrs. Nnena I. Ukonnu visited the hospital and paid a sum of (1.5 million naira) for treatment which was a split bill between myself and another young man that was on the same bus, who was also transferred alongside myself to the hospital. (750 thousand naira each) and by the time I was there two weeks (as I saw the bills later) I had exhausted a bill of about 2.3million naira. The total bill as at when I was transferred to Lagos, after about 3 months there was 6 million+. Nobody showed up from NYSC again, even when my dad went to Abuja at the national head office. It was all to no avail, so we were left to sort ourselves.

I thank God for kind men. Permit me to mention names:

High Chief Engr. Mike Uzoigwe (The then CEO of PHCN EGBIN electric power business unit) where my dad was and is still working; who was of tremendous assistance as touching offsetting the hospital bills – even when I had to fly to India for further medical attention.

Rtd. Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Awelewa Adebiyi (The then Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos west “Anglican communion”) who insisted I be brought to Lagos for treatment on the Diocesan bill (following the confirmation that I am one of his active youths in a Parish under the diocese by my then VICAR- Venerable & Mrs E.A ALIEU “One family I never can forget”)
…and a lot of other people I can’t mention particularly, who were instrumental to ensuring the bills got paid.

Finally, my dad and mum; (Mr & Mrs R.K Opaleye) having to deprive themselves and the family of a lot of things and even going extra mile to acquire loans from individuals and cooperatives, to ensure that the bills got paid. It was a really tough one, but God showed himself as God because if not for that. I can imagine where that huge amount of money could have come from. I hope and pray I’ll be able to pay back someday soon.

Help in Time of Need
My friends have stayed true and loyal over the years, even in my lowest state in life, therefore I plan to keep them for a lifetime. My lifestyle & relationships before and after the accident hasn’t really changed as such, just that a few things are now additional/different.

I understand that people will only identify with you and salute you when you’re making progress and probably inspiring them.
I’ve met a lot of new people that I never probably would have met after the accident ; but u never discarded the old ones except for some that couldn’t bring themselves to remaining in my circle of friends.

I’ve added all of these up and channeled it to building stronger relationships with people and adding to my personal strength as an individual as a result of all I’ve been through.

I remain grateful to:

God Almighty

My wonderful mother, and her younger sister – Aunty Folusho. My aunty was at our house when the news of the accident got to my family and she came with my mother to Enugu. She was with me throughout the first Phase of 3 months at the hospital, having brought just one skirt and two tops (same as my Mum) not knowing the gravity of the accident.

My ever amazing siblings & family members: Mr & Mrs Oladipo/Oyedoyin Banwo, Adebayo JolaJesu, (uncle & his family)-Oluwafemi, Oluwatoyin, Oluwaseun & Oluwaseyi. Àyànfẹolúwa, Ifeoluwa, Oreofeoluwa & Fiyinfoluwa Banwo.

The entire Opaleye-Falade family in LAGOS.

My church youth (Holy Trinity Anglican Church – Hotting PYC) They surprised me really & The entire members of the church for their support and prayer chain when everything was tough.

Good friends who stayed as brothers & sisters: Awesu, Wilson, Oloyede, Supo, Otiko, Gbolahan, Jide, Kayode, Tioluwanieyi, Fumbi, Adebayo, Tomide,Dolapo – I just had to mention these ones particularly, just in case you might have a reason to put it up.

“The major thing that keeps me going and keeps my spirit high is the love of God for me and the fact that I was able to pull through all that I went through in one piece. It inspires me always and alerts me to always want to be an inspiration to others.”

Staying Strong Through it All
The only thing that kept me going was  positivity,  and that’s what still keeps me going. I decided to develop a positive attitude to the entire situation. I stay strong;  God gave me the strength to keep a positive spirit.

The only thing that keeps me motivated is that this is the life God has given me, and I’ll keep praising God as long as I live, no matter the situation.
I lost an eye as a result of the accident, but it hasn’t made me any less of who I am, I am still very agile and strong and also I still look very good.
Though the accident has brought some stigma and when I applied and tried to get a job and went for some interviews, I could see the response from some of the interviewers, but all of that doesn’t move me.  I’m still very human and I’m even stronger and healthier than lots of people that do not have visible scars on their bodies.

At some point in time, I stopped applying for any jobs and I decided to face doing business so I can keep up, get a life and pay some of the debts little by little. Since I had been into Events planning and decoration as far back as before I got into the university, I just kept observing, brushing up my ideas and polishing my skills to be better at it, and I’ve been getting jobs and delivering aptly.

Talents
I have always been a creative person, and so I picked up fashion designing, as I started without learning anything directly under anyone or from anywhere, and I’ve been able to put up a lot of beautiful stuff with the help of God and hard work.

There’s a saying that “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” for me that’s if you believe it and adopt it to work for you, this was what I did in my own situation.

One major drive for what I do is the fact that God spared my life in that accident. I look at my scars and call them beautiful, because they tell a story of survival, they’re proof that I was bruised, but not broken.
I sing, I play the drums, I draw.  I sing in church and I do live band at events.

I’m the creative director for my start-up company (PrestigeBABA DESIGNS) and I design different types of clothing.

I’ve practically developed myself over the years on them and I hope to be able to acquire more knowledge so I can achieve more on the. I really know that I have good leadership skills/prowess, organizational strength and the ability to coordinate people and things to achieve a set goal. And I’ve been able to grow more in this aspect, having served in various leadership positions, back in school, in church and even in other organizations.

Dreams, Goals & Aspirations
Presently, I live with my parents in Okeletu area of Ikorodu, but I have dreams to have my own business empire that will incorporate my design business – the events management, the clothing & the graphics concepts.
I plan to employ people to work for me and give them a means of livelihood and charging them to be better people.
And finally create an impeccably dynamic brand, that will be a force to reckon with in the industry.

In the next 5 years by the special grace of God, I plan to have acquired more knowledge and skills that will help build my business empire to an enviable height,have things running smoothly, or at least fairly well for me as regards my business. Also, to have a chain of at least 5 permanent staff with my company.

I want to have at least a proper working vehicle for mobility. I plan to get an apartment of my own (at least a two bedroom apartment) where I can at least get married in and stay conveniently and nurture my own family.

I plan to at least have a landed property and start a building foundation within Lagos hopefully.

I plan to have been able to inspire more people to staying positive and believing in themselves regardless of what they might have been through.

To have a net worth of at least 5-10 million naira.

Take Away from this Experience
Life is not a bed of roses.

Life is a mixture of pain and pleasure. (If you decide not to waste your pain, it would eventually be converted to pleasure for you)

People only care about you when they know you can offer them something.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, if you decide to pick your strength from the happening.

The most important thing in your life is what you’ve accepted about life and yourself, and what you’ve permitted to drive you on a daily basis.

I’ve adopted this process and it’s been working for me. Though I’m not any close to where I want to be, but I’m very positive that the future is bright.

Knowing what you want to do – (Mission)
Accepting you have/need to do it – (foresight)
Understanding how to do it- (depth)
Believing you can do it – (Determination)
Never give excuses,
Learn NEW things,
Keep on doing it…
Make mistakes,
Don’t quit,
Identify mistakes,
Re-strategize…

#REPEATprocessAGAIN

104 Comments

  1. peter

    July 24, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Wow… So inspiring!!!

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Glad you find it inspiring. Thanks. God bless you

  2. Gina

    July 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

    GOD never fails. Thank GOD for an awesome miracle! All is well with you dearie. #GODRules#

  3. ronke

    July 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

    The Lord is your strength. I thank God for you. I was involved in an accident years ago. I was the lone survivor. God never forgets his own. All your dreams will come true bro..

  4. Ms B

    July 24, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Inspiring! Things change in a split second. Kudos to this young man, his parents, the church. God bless and continue to increase you in Jesus name! It’s not an easy reality but he’s making the best of it.

  5. Ife

    July 24, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love your story. It is inspiring and it teaches one to be grateful irrespective of the situation one is.

  6. Lola

    July 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I thank the Almighty God for your life. He has a great purpose for you and you need to know that specific purpose if you haven’t yet. I was also involved in an accident along that road last year which affected the left part of my face. Very similar stories but not as severe as yours.

    God has been truly faithful.

    God will continue to sustain you in Jesus name.

    • Lola

      July 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I also pray for your perfect healing and that He makes you whole.

  7. elise1

    July 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Thank God for your life.

  8. shior

    July 24, 2017 at 10:36 am

    omg. you are such an inspiration and a shinning light. thank GOD for your strength, staying positive amidst trails is a show of great strength that we harbor deep beneath because it would have been easy to give up. May God grant you all you desire and even more . i celebrate you

  9. Ron

    July 24, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Wow! Ayodeji may God make all your dreams come true. I could barely stop myself from crying. I don’t pity you. I am inspired by your story. God bless you tremendously!!

  10. Hadassah

    July 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I had to stop myself from crying while reading this, here I am angry that I don’t have money for some professional exams, your story is really inspiring, I had seen some of his pictures on IG, but did not know the story behind it, may God bless u and may continue to make a way for you. You a strong, very strong. And your story has just began, u are going places. God bless u

  11. abby

    July 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I have no words! your strength is amazing!!! Jeez so much positive energy..I pray you continue with this strength and energy, may god continue to open doors of opportunity for you and reward your parents and family..I have 2 eyes, two legs everything complete yet my ingratitude is grade 1.. you have inspired me today oo..

  12. nene

    July 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Wow. This is so inspirational. We thank God for your life and a huge shoutout to the helpers.

  13. glow

    July 24, 2017 at 11:09 am

    God is ever faithful, am short of words .

  14. Ephi

    July 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Such a touching story. When there is life, there is hope. He could have been among the dead but I believe He has a purpose to serve in this generation and He will, in Jesus name, Amen.

    BN, please is there any way to contact this guy?

    • PrestigeBABA

      July 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks a lot. I really appreciate you. This is AYODEJI and my number is 08024331252 you can reach me .

    • Ephi

      July 25, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Thank you Ayodeji. I will be in touch.

    • Nwankwo Joy

      July 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Yes yes.. Instagram handle is prestigebaba..contact him

  15. marlee

    July 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

    may the Lord bless and keep you as He has been all this years through all this very very difficult times. may He strengthen your Mother and family to continue supporting you. all is well

  16. durbanchic

    July 24, 2017 at 11:37 am

    The Lord Most High which inhabit in Heaven, who got all human spare parts at his disposal, the creator of Heaven and Earth, he will heal you completely because there’s no impossibility with Him. you will recover all you lost in that accident including your eyes in Jesus name. #shoutAllelujah #Olowogbogboro #JehovahOverdo

  17. Zukkie

    July 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Ayodeji, you’re the very definition of resilience and your life is proof of what God can do when we lean in and put all our hope in Him. You bring hope and light to the world and I am inspired by your strength in the face of such adversity. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless you and may you continue to spread positive energy wherever you go.

  18. Gbemi

    July 24, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Wow .. Thank God for good people .. I know my question is odd ooo but pls indulge me .. he mentioned that his girlfriend was part of the people that were seraching for him, but he didn’t mention her name when he was thanking people .. wharrappen?

    • PrestigeBABA

      July 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks GBEMI, I’m here. Trust me, I mentioned her name.
      She’s Tioluwanieyi ? . Please smile.

  19. Funmi

    July 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Oh my God, Ayodeji you are such an inspiration. I cried through out the reading of your story. I pray for you and your family God will grant unto you every of your heart desires. You are a grateful child of God despite your condition so expect abundant of God’s blessing all round.

  20. Ever Green

    July 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Ayodeji, You are a blessing, I am truly inspire by your story
    Almighty God I am so sorry for being ungrateful at times, God I am so sorry what I should be doing is giving you thanks, I had an accident 3 times but I was not injured just a small cut once when ever i am praying sometimes I asked God for silly things now Ayodeji has opened by my eyes. The gift of life and waking up each day is a miracle without sickness and any other health challenges. Thank you God

  21. Jennifer Okundia

    July 24, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    My God! what a story full of challenges. with all the countless surgeries, to know that he came out of it is more than enough reason to hold unto God cos only him could have done this. #A story of survival. God will open doors unimaginable for a hardworking man like you. amen. thank you BN for sharing Ayodeji’s story

  22. The Real Oma

    July 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    A scar means i survived
    A scar means i survived
    A scar means i survived
    I don’t ever want to forget these words.
    My scar is not as conspicuous as yours but there are times i cower in shame
    but A scar means i survived.
    Thank you for your words of strength.
    God bless you Ayodeji,

    • PrestigeBABA

      July 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      This is AYODEJI!!!
      Thanks OMA for catching the phrase. Keep surviving dear. Cheers

  23. Moniker

    July 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Wow… You are a star. Nothing can stop your shine. Who God has saved, no man can take

  24. BLEST

    July 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Wow, so affecting and inspirational. It was hard to fend off tears and read without mixed emotion. God is your strength and great is His faithfulness and He would restore everything lost to this episode of your life and increase the reward of your faith in Him. You will excel and live long to bring smiles and joy to your family.
    I pray for you today, your testimony shall inspire many and bring you favour. Every pain and loss you have had to endure for this sake will translate to gain and joy unspeakable.
    For those that did not make it to tell their story may they find rest and comfort in the Lord.
    And for anybody hurting, in pain, disappointment and life’s setbacks may this story impact you to renew your hope and faith in God, trusting that in due time all will come through for you. Amen.
    You are all blessed.

  25. Paul Agim

    July 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    After reading your inspiring Story I just tell GOD to Have mercy on me for All the days that I complain of things I don’t have and for blaming Naija Govt for not giving able bodied youth job instead of doing something for ourselves. GOD wld bless I and grant you the desires of your heart.

  26. Girl Nextdoor

    July 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I cried,i sighed,and i blessed God almighty on your behalf. What a journey you went through Ayodeji,you went through the fire but it didn’t consume you,neither did it deem or quench the God given fire in you. You are a light and inspiration to me and many who will read this post. I can relate to the huge medical bills,i was in hospital too for 1year.
    May the Lord bless and keep you,may the favor,grace and mercy of God locate you always. I pray financial help comes your way and I pray the good lord enlarges your coast,so you can go for your follow up medical check-ups. Thanks for sharing this journey with us,we all need to be more grateful for who we are,where we are at,and what we have.. God bless you Ayodeji.

  27. MUA

    July 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Ayodeji thank you for sharing your story. I survived. @TheRealOma am glad you got the message. Mine appears as a deformity, but no one can see or notice it except i tell/show it to you. Just being positive and focused is the key.

  28. RZP

    July 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I survived!!!

  29. Ayo Al

    Ayo Al

    July 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    This is so so inspiring. God is truly big! For everyone, this should be a life changing story. No matter where you are at, do not lose hope. Do not ever lose hope. I pray for strength and grace to do more Ayodeji. God’s got you…

  30. Gerald

    July 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Great story
    God is not done with you. It’s only just the beginning

  31. demash

    July 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    inspiring story. We appreciate those that stood by you and the church for also playing their part.

  32. Adebisi Opaleye.

    July 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Hmmm,Ayodeji mi.i just thank God for your life.Olorunseun.God is ur foundation.

  33. As in

    July 24, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    How to reach the young fellow?

    • PrestigeBABA

      July 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I’m right here. Contact is 08024331252
      Would anticipate your reach out.

  34. Ms A

    July 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I still remember this like it was yesterday (which 2012 Batch B Benue Copa would forget this in a hurry?). We had just left camp on our way to the LGA we had been posted to when we saw the accident at Otukpo. It was bloody. I remember saying “these people called their parents few minutes ago to say they had received their posting letters. Now all their parents would see would be their corpse”. *shudders
    Thank God for your life Ayo.
    Thank God for his preserving mercies
    Thank God you came out with an even stronger resolve to be who God wants you to be

    And…………………
    Thank you for the jolt with those inspiring words

    May God perfect your healing

  35. ***

    July 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    One sentence… You are a manifestation of God’s greatness!
    How kind of you to have shared your glorious and inspirational story… I wish you more strength, grace, fortitude, good health and love as you continue your very amazing life… I just wrote your name down, I hope I’m privileged to meet you…I will always pray for you… God bless you and your benefactors

    • Ayodeji

      September 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks a lot. I appreciate you for this. I’m very accessible. Thanks. Hope,to meet.you someday too.

  36. Angiee

    July 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Am so inspired by your story dear even though I couldn’t stop the tears. You are indeed an inspiration to this generation of human beings that find it difficult to appreciate God for the little things. Thank God for your survival and to all those that stood by you, God Almighty continue will send helpers your way whenever you need help. Ayodeji, this is the least you will ever be. Shine on bro.

  37. Ms A

    July 24, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I still remember this like it was yesterday (which 2012 Batch B copa would forget this in a hurry). We had to pass through Otukpo to the LGA we had been posted to and that was when we happened upon the bloody accident scene. Your write-up took me back to the goosebumps
    To the muffled cries from corps members in the bus
    To the realisation that we had stood with these people just moments ago on the parade ground.
    We were told 2 of the corps members died on the spot and I couldn’t help but think:
    “These copas probably called home few minutes ago to say they had received their posting letters and now their relatives would receive a life-altering phone call”. *shudders
    Hmmmmm…….
    Thank God for your life Ayo.
    Thank God for his preserving mercies
    I am glad that you came out of this with a stronger resolve to be all God wants you to be.

    I pray that your healing be perfected in Jesus’ name.

    • Abiodun Awoyemi

      August 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Hello Ms A,

      I’m really glad you witnessed it. weirdly, I love accidents/survival stories. I honestly would love to hear your narration of all that happened at the scene of that accident. If it is fine by you, I will be willing to speak with or email you to learn from someone at the scene. My email is [email protected].

      For those of us who passed through our unsafe roads in unsafe public vehicles and still survived, we have many reasons to be grateful to God.

      God bless!

      Abiodun

  38. Bridget

    July 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    This is one of the stories that really humbles one. I want to join others in praying for u. By God’s grace u shall be great, all the good things of God shall be ur portion. I thank God that the accident happened at a time when people are not moved by outer beauty but what comes from within. God bless you in Jesus name. Amen!!!

  39. Ayan

    July 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    May God bless you and your enterprise… great courage. Fear is my scar, proof that i survived. I am working with God to overcome it. I spent my teenage years (almost 6 years) living in fear of being raped. I was almost raped at least like 12 times or more by a close family member and my parents were aware in a civilised christian home. In fact, the first time i saw my period i thought i forgot to lock the door and was raped and would tell no one about it. I was always left alone with the “close family member”, i had to live behind closed doors (kept my door locked all time and waiting for the attack). It was so bad the family member wanted to rape me while sleeping on the same bed with my Aunt. Long story, some people are laden with scars not physical. People mock your fears and call it being westernised. Little did they know, it is proof you survived.

    • Abiodun Awoyemi

      August 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Hello Ayan,

      Scars are real and almost don’t heal. I am a guy so I can’t say in rhetorics that I could relate with what you went through but these things are real. They stay as scars that we carry about wherever we go. It gets difficult to forget but then I hope you have received healing on your scar now. Have you been able to put all those thoughts under your control now? If you still find it hard to let go of the mental picture (scar) of those experiences, please seek help from a professional physician. You actually can reduce the appearance of the scar if you seek help.

      The ultimate help however comes from the Lord. If you have a bible, read Phil 4:8. Read it over and over again and read it every morning and night so that you remember to do what it says you should do. Just keep filling your mind with positive things and before you know it, you’ll realize that though scars are real, they still can heal.

      God bless!

      Abiodun

  40. Hotchick

    July 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Ayodeji could do with 1/2 business mentors and people willing to help him (i) grow his business or at least find ways to, and (ii) gain more visibility. Call it CSR, or simply giving back and paying it forward. If you feel compelled to help, then please do.

    Bella, might be nice to include ways to contact him.

    #Inspired.

  41. Dude

    July 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Geez, i thank God for you life. Your positivity through it all inspires me. May all your dreams come through in Jesus Name, AMEN

  42. Bimmie.O

    July 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Dear God,forgive me of my shortcomings………hmm

  43. Zella

    July 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Blessed be our God who never fails! Thank God for your positivity after going through such ordeal. May God bless your path and continue to use you to inspire the world.

  44. ify

    July 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Can they scrap this NYSC already! a lot of young promising souls have departed this world before their time or left maimed for life all in the name of serving a country that does not send you. My sister was also in an accident in Ogun state on her way home from NYSC camp. she and a little child were the only survivors. cant even begin to describe what we went through. LUTH became our home for 6months. One thing that stood out from Ayodeji’s story was the mirror. My sister cried and was depressed after she saw her face on the cover of Milo container she was trying to open. There were 2 other female corpers in the same ward with my sister. Same returning home from NYSC story, but different accidents.
    You know what Ayodeji! God kept you alive for a reason, and He will continue to lift you up to where and what you cannot even imagine. You will rise and prosper more than your peers that you felt have left you behind. Trust me, i have seen it happen.
    Remain blessed.

    • Abiodun Awoyemi

      August 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Ify,

      I actually don’t think NYSC should be scraped. In my opinion, the program is a fantastic one and the ideology that birthed it, if sustained, will enhance our coexistence and harmony in the face of our varying diversity. That said, what we need are working system. I mean safe road, road-worthy cars, efficient public transportation services, good health care services and also a working emergency management services. With all these in place, we will as a nation prevent many accidents and disasters from occurring and avoid many preventable deaths.

      I’m hopeful that all these thing will work in the new Nigeria very soon. Just let’s bear the now. Things will soon get better, Amen.

      Sorry about your sister’s accident. I hope she feels better now and has gotten over the unfortunate incident. I know life may never remain the same again but with the Lord, she’ll find the strength to find peace and joy while she still goes on to fulfill the purpose for her time here on earth. If you can email or call me on +234 805 713 0100, I will be glad to speak to you or your sister to learn more about her survival story.

      God bless!

      Abiodun

  45. Akay

    July 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    PrestigeBÀBÁ my bonkmate for camp i could remember that faitful……thank God for life g

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Ak. má mehn. Bless up

  46. adebra

    July 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Forgive me all my sins O Lord. I am apy fo yu Ayo, Ma President. You truly a Survivor. Dis is touchin

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Thanks a lot dear.

  47. DAMILOLA A Adebayo

    July 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Deji my darling. I and my family were among the happiest people to know you survive this unforgetable period. It can only be God. All what we can say is thank you Lord. You have really been a source of encouragement to many people. Your parent are one of the best parent in this world. I thank God for your mum because it was a tough period, she is a mother in a million. Each time I see her, I always admire her and pray that God will grant her long life and divine health to witness more of God’s grace and blessings in Jesus Name. She will enjoy the fruit of her labour IN Jesus Name. You are for signs and womders, you are going places and you shall fulfill the purpose of God for your life in Jesus Name.

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Awwwwn. This means a lot to me. Thanks a lot mummy. I appreciate you always. AMEN in Jesus name

  48. Adetayo Daniel Babatunde

    July 24, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Boss I know that God that has kept you this far will take you save to your final destination in Jesus name. I am really inspired by this testimony of yours sir.

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Amen. Thanks a lot. I appreciate you

  49. Amarachi

    July 24, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Hmmmmm! My Deji of life, if I wasn’t a witness I would have doubted. I could remember vividly d very night Deji was brought to d hospital where I worked as a nurse, I received him that very night but never knew the extent of the injury until the next day when dressing was done,mehn! it took GOd on my side to b able to withstand what I saw because anatomy failed me. But to d glory of GOd dis young man is still alive 2 testify.i want 2use dis medium to thank GOd on his behalf and secondly his mum dt woman is a virtuous woman,she stood by him all through d period of hospitalization,she is a mother indeed .my prayer for u is that God will continue 2use you as an instrument 2 win soul in2his kingdom, and in no distance time he shall raise helpers 2 help u settle d outstanding bills,then lastly I wish u heaven at last! Love you.

    • Abiodun Awoyemi

      August 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Nurse Amarachi,
      Thank you very much for contributing your part to his survival story. I’m glad I found one of his caregivers to share the story from another angle. God bless you, sister and the rest people who kept Deji alive.
      Regards,
      Abiodun

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Amy darling. Thanks a lot for being such a wonderful nurse. Trust me you were one of those that inspired me to get better quickly. Thanks dear for the kind words and the prayers. I Say AMEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS DEAR. Cheers

  50. oluremi

    July 24, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    this just proves that what makes a man is not the body which is mere container. what makes a man is the Spirit; that is, in His likeness.

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:56 am

      This is deep. Thanks a lot ma. #I appreciate

  51. Nkem

    July 25, 2017 at 1:51 am

    I have been truely humbled by your testimony. I thank God for his mercies and love upon your life. You are a true manifestation of His grace and kindness. May you continue to grow from strength to strength, Amen.

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Amen. Thanks a lot. I appreciate you

  52. Olukayomide

    July 25, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Thank you Jesus
    What an inspired story, am happy for you bro
    You are indeed a testimony…
    I sobbed reading through…
    Greater and better you in Jesus name

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:57 am

      All thanks to God Almighty. I’m glad you got inspired. Thanks a lot. I appreciate you. AMEN.

  53. Wande

    July 25, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Ayodeji..you are a blessing.you are such a funny nd hardworking person.staying in the same hostel for more almost 3years made me realise how kind hearted you truly are..i really pray God will continue to protect u..you are a champion.

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Yéwándé. Thanks a lot dear. This means a lot to me. I do not take it for granted. God bless you always dear

  54. seunfunmi

    July 25, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Tunde, my childhood friend, we had crush on each other wen we were kids always coming to our shop from theirs dt my sister always teased me about it. And then we neva saw each other again till i saw his picture on a frnds (seye oyewunmi)bbm profile picture. I was in shock to think dt a person can survive dt terrible accident. u are indeed a testimony, an inspiration, a hope for dis generation. Tunde ur glory cannot not be hidden, for u shall shine even brighter than d morning star. The devil has failed because he could not take ur life, he failed then nd he would continue to fail over every attempts he makes on ur life nd dt of ur family. My regards to ur Wura(Iya Ranti)as my mom always calls her, shes indeed a strong woman. keep surviving dear.

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Awwwwwn darling. Thanks a lot. God bless you always ????

  55. yema

    July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Ayodeji !!! Reading dis made me cry… God is not done with u yet, u will give greater testimonies In jesus name

    • Ayodeji Babatunde Opaleye

      June 22, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Amen in Jesus name. Thanks a lot. I appreciate you

  56. Debbierise

    July 25, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Ayodeji!… Hmmm.,I knw there are good people in Nigeria,please help spread this testimony till it gets to somone that would help fulfill Ayodeji’s dream..I met him at the concert on Sunday.He is such a calm gentle man..God bless u bro…pls help forward this to everyone and they should please cancel this NYSC shit. It makes no sense.

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 4:54 am

      I’m indeed very grateful. Thanks a lot. God bless you

  57. tolu Y

    July 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks “Prestige” for sharing your story and thanks to BN for giving this privilege. You know i never got to hear it since i missed your annual praise concert programme. I am now more aware of your journey and how you have pulled through. Today, i know you as one who is energetic, always positive and full of life. Trust God, your dreams and plans would come true and be established in Jesus name, amen.

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 4:56 am

      I’m glad you now have a proper knowledge of what it is sir.
      Thanks a lot for the love and prayers. Amen in Jesus name. God bless you always sir. Cheers

  58. Tee

    July 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    God bless you! Your purpose on earth shall be fulfilled! What God will do, ears have not heard,eyes have not seen!
    You are an inspiration to everyone and I pray God forgives us for everytime we complain,
    I pray that God will open doors for you! Doors to VICTORY,BLESSING that you can’t imagine!
    God bless you!
    You are a survivor! And all your dreams will definitely come to pass Amen!

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Amen in Jesus name. Thanks a lot. I sincerely appreciate you. God bless you.
      Thanks for catching an inspiration from me

  59. Bishop

    July 26, 2017 at 1:15 am

    The spirit of a man will sustain him in adversity…Thank God for His strength at work in you. You have survived now it is time to soar. God bless you Ayodeji for this testimony. I draw strength from your experience.

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 4:59 am

      This one is deep sir . Thanks to God for strength divine.
      Amen in Jesus name. We all will keep soaring higher.
      I’m very grateful.

  60. Temitope

    July 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I bless the name of the Lord..the mighty man in battle..lion of juda.your story is so so torching ayodeji.but today I say thank u Jesus on your behalf trillion times nd I pray He perfects all that concerns you in Jesus name.stay strong nd bless and enjoy the bountiful grace of the lord.AGBANILAGBATON.

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

      Glory to God FOREVER. Thank you very much. I appreciate you God bless you

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:01 am

      Amen to your prayers in Jesus name

  61. EbonyFre

    July 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I kept feeling like I will vomit reading this. Not from the images, but the thought of all the pain he went through. No one deserves this.
    Nigerians and looters should clear his bill please. And stop looting.
    I don’t even know what I’m saying or what to say again. Nigerian youths have suffered too much in the name of NYSC, not forgetting those that paid with their lives especially during elections and accidents.
    And the people at the top never do anything about these things. No one is held accountable.
    Rev. Adebiyi!!

    Glory be to God for his life.

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:05 am

      I can imagine how you were feeling. However, let’s we grateful to the ALMIGHTY GOD who indeed has been our strength and is still sustaining us. Glory to him forever.
      Thanks a lot sir.

  62. Caleb

    July 28, 2017 at 8:12 am

    What a story!! God kept you alive for a reason and I pray you fulfill that reason. Your story has inspired me greatly

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

      I’m glad you caught an inspiration sir. Thank you very much. God bless you always.

  63. Abiodun Awoyemi

    August 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Ayodeji,

    First, I am glad you made it. I read your amazing story with tearful eyes but was glad the doctors tried to save you. I finished from Ife a year or two before you. I would be really glad to meet you. If you get this, you can reach me on +234-805-713-0100. All thanks to God for your amazing story of survival.

    One can only imagine the number of people we have lost to preventable accidents in this country. When few survival stories like that of Ayodeji gets to us, we can only but show appreciation to the Most High. We can do alot better as a country. I believe that and it will soon start getting better, amen.

    This is the kinda stories I keep and share on my facebook page. Thank you for sharing!

    God bless!

    • Ayodeji.B

      September 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

      I’ll call you up. Thanks a lot. I’m indeed very grateful.

  64. Kenechukwu dre

    August 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    God has been ur helper!! He nos y u are alife. He will surely deliver u …in Jesus name!! .. Glory be to God Amen!!

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Amen. Thanks a lot sir my brother. God bless you

  65. Kenitez

    August 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    AY is a brother, a friend, God loving and someone I cherish so much, we attended the same fellowship back then in Undergraduate days @O.A.U. I was first shocked when I saw the pix of the accident, reading through the story give me assurance that our God is faithful and will forever be.
    My brother, You are Great and my God will surely make come through every of your heart desires.
    God bless you

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:09 am

      Thisnis very touching to me. Thanks a lot. I sincerely appreciate you. Thougch I cant really fix who this is and will love you know.
      God bless you always. Amen to your prayers

  66. hoyeendah

    July 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I read this story with my eyes full of tears,but I thank God for your life.
    I am glad your Life’s challenges did not paralyze you, but helped you discover who you really are.

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:10 am

      We thank God for his UNFAILING GRACE. Thanks a lot dear. Please smile. God is still God regardless

  67. pmissward

    July 14, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Ayodeji Prestige Opaleye.
    I thank God for your life.
    And I’m constantly amazed and inspired by what you do.
    We’d be at the thanksgiving to rejoice for what He has done and the numerous blessings coming

    • Ayodeji (prestigeBÀBÁ)

      November 7, 2018 at 5:14 am

      Awwwwwn ìfẹ́dayọ̀, thanks for this amazing comment. “This brought smiles to my face ”
      Though I didn’t see you at the concert o ??. We keep thanking God for life. Thanks dear.

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