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Ras Kimono’s late Wife’s Son narrates Events Leading to her Passing



Onome Akpobome and mum Efe Okedi

In an interview with TheNETng’s Joan Omionawele, son of the late Ras Kimono’s wife Efe Okedi shared the circumstances that led to his mother’s death.

Onome Akpobome said that she had only complained about a chest pain in the early hours of Sunday, and was taken to three hospitals which all refused to admit her.

He said: “On Saturday, we went to the beach for my uncle’s birthday. Nothing went wrong until about 2 a.m when she woke us up to change over because PHCN had brought the light, she then went upstairs and started complaining of chest pain. At this point, she started breathing awkwardly”.

“Her elder sister who is a nurse attended to her and gave her first aid but her breathing was still laboured so we decided to take her to the hospital. First, we went to (a hospital in) Ogba but the staff we saw were unresponsive. I was shocked to see their unconcerned countenance. When we saw that they were not ready to help us so we left and drove to (another hospital). A doctor saw her there, checked her pulse and said she was still breathing but that they had no facilities to treat her. So he referred us to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja.

“When we got to LASUTH at about 4 am, they also wasted our time for over 40 minutes and by the time they were ready to treat her, we heard she had stopped breathing.

“The pain is worse for me because none of the three hospitals treated the case as an emergency. In fact, I have given up on Nigeria because they all had up to three hours to save my mum, how can over three hospitals in Lagos not have the right facility to treat breathing problems? – None of them even had a stretcher, I am just totally done with this country.”

Efe passed on Sunday, three months after Ras Kimono’s passing.


  1. Cocoa

    September 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    This is ridiculous!!!
    These establishments DARE to call themselves hospitals and have no basic equipment to diagnose nor treat.
    All they know is malaria and typhoid. SIGH.

    No functioning emergency department. No equipment to intubate and ventilate. Common ECG machine I doubt they have. I wonder how they check blood gas. Not to talk of CT.

    Things not to have in Nigeria: Pulmonary embolism,heart attack, stroke, pneumonia.

    They are ill prepared. These so called hospitals are business centres for IV fluid and malaria injection. SIGH.

    • Ego

      September 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Add Malaria, Diarrhoea and vomiting etc to the list of thing not to have in Nigeria. The slightest, most manageable condition can kill anyone living in Nigeria, it doesn’t have to be one of the big ones you mentioned.

    • Ego

      September 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm


  2. J

    September 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    R.I.P losing two parent is sad but to lose them back to back is devastating. God will console him.
    Naijas are not done with their country. We have desentisized ourselves and are in denial of the real problems. Once we wear aso ebi, attend parties, we are good. Oh, once we can travel abroad when we are sick, to give birth, parent, uncle, aunty send their children to school, they are good.
    I’m yet to understand how a country that produces some of the smartest people, talented, strongly opinionated, strong personalities are also some of the least common sense, most selfish, wicked, evil, hate truth, are afraid of better things.

    • mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

      September 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      until smart people stop voting idiots to lead them we will never ever succeed as a people

    • seriously

      September 25, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      The same smart people will repeat the same thing if they get a chance at power which is the reason they are this comfortable. We all know voting in Nigeria is rigged. I dont understand Africa man. Damn, the whole continent is a mess

  3. Ese

    September 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    with NEPA certificate, your president received 12 million votes…….thats the problem with Nigeria

  4. bolintin

    September 25, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    sorry for your loss

  5. Lovelyhannah

    September 25, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Such a sad story! The issue with Nigeria is corruption. Nothing works there, the Nation is crumbling and until people stop voting in theives
    And visionless leaders I’m afraid the people will
    Continue to experience hardship. There’s a need
    For revolution in that country. Imagine 3 hospitals
    And none could save her! It’s totally heart breaking
    Nigerian is a damaged country. May God have mercy

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