#ThankfulThursday: Delivered from an Accident

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to #ThankfulThursday. I decided to do this abit differently today to share my friend’s Story. We have been childhood friends and i remember us talking alot right before he went for service and when this happened, you can imagine the horror!! I am forever grateful for him and I sat with him so we can tell the story! Viewer discretion is advised for the pictures and trust me it is nothing compared to the ones he sent me, I just couldn’t post them. Sorry in advance but away from that, it is a reminder for us to stay #Thankful

Enjoy!

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Youths obey the clarion call…

I heard the call, and it was to pack up my things and go to Benue state. I was happy to respond and hopeful for all the year would have to offer or so I thought. The 3 weeks went by in a breeze and came with new bonds and friendships, one that I am forever grateful for.

Let us lift our nation high…

Bitter-sweet emotions filled the atmosphere on that glorious morning. All clad in our crested vests, now re-sized kahki pants, ‘Tight’ Jungle boots and caps. You could feel  the relief, excitement and sadness through the passing out ceremony, the uncertainty of primary assignment posting and possible loss of budding friendships was unmistaking and here I was not knowing the fate that will befall in a few hours from now.

The orientation passing out parade went by in a breeze compared to the long hours of lectures we had received in the course of the 3 weeks and the long hours we had waited since we were forced up at 3 amthat same day. These last hours didn’t really matter because we were finally at the end! I mean we were at the beginning of the end and we were eager to know or atleast I was eager to know where in the Benue I would be spending the rest of my service year. I was somewhat excited because if you know me well, I love a good challenge and this was looking like it would be.

Under the sun or in the rain…

…boy did the sun deal with us that afternoon trying to get our posting letters? It did no less. Getting the letter was something else entirely *as it was more frustrating than doing your BankVerificationNumber registration on the said date of its closing* Running around till I finally got my letter after the long hours of queuing in the sun, I opened the letter and I found in it that I had been posted to “Otukpo” local government *exhales* -it was a fair one after all, compared to some other local governments you couldn’t get to but by crossing water with a canoe, from news we already heard on camp-. One thing this experience teaches you is how to think on your feet. Some of us had to quickly organize ourselves into the bus that was provided by the ‘Anglican Corpers Fellowship Of Nigeria (ACFON) Benue’ to make our journey, as neither the Local Government nor NYSC made any sort of provisions (irresponsibility) for us to ensure we got to our destinations safely. (irresponsibility) as we were clearly in an alien land we had never been here before you know, you never really know the exact time it takes and you’ve heard different durations from different sources.

“ah! Otukpo? It takes 3 hours oh! Be ready” another will say 4 and you might even hear 5 hours but despite the ‘tales’ we set out! because it was already getting into the late hours of the afternoon. Sitting close to a friend made the trip fun, we had a good laugh making fun of the scenery we were seeing driving through the villages, the most hilarious one was when we stopped to fuel the bus at a place I don’t even know whether to call a ‘filling station’ or a ‘one-pump station’ *Laughs again*, as there was only ‘one-pump’ with an an umbrella tied to it as a cover. There was A man by the pump and there was no building at all. I had never seen such in my life same as a lot of us on the bus. However, we filled our tank and left. Myself and quite a number of the other guys dozed off a couple of hours into the trip.

With dedication and selflessness…

That was my last memory of that trip. I woke up about 14-15 days later in the hospital been wheeled on a stretcher into an ambulance; I was to go for a CT scan at the scan centre. I had been in a coma all the while… I didn’t need to ask questions because I hadn’t lost my memory, I could remember where I last was and relating it to where I found myself after regaining my consciousness, I knew there had been an accident.

From that point all I was doing was thanking God for having kept me safe and alive despite the intense effect of the accident on me. I had been wrapped up with bandages from my waist, round my body and covering the right part of my face and up to my head.

At a point when I could finally stand up and walk, I went into the bathroom to do my business and I noticed that all the mirrors were covered, I knew my mother – I am eternally grateful for her – didn’t want me to find out something. At this time, I had not seen what I looked like after the accident, Who had time to ask for a mirror in between all the craziness? I gently removed one of the cloths she used to cover the mirror and then I knew that life as I knew it won’t be the same again. with the bandage covering the right part of my face and soon finding out that I had lost that eye and will only have use of one eye for the rest of my life, I felt really bad in the moment but when the Bible says “David encouraged himself in the Lord” it takes a whole new meaning when you look in the mirror to smile and you have 16 missing teeth and all you can hold on to is the fact that you are alive. All you have is Life and When there is life, there is hope. I stayed encouraged.

…Nigeria’s Ours, Nigeria we serve.

We went from one Hospital to another, passing through Series of surgeries just in a bid to ensure I got better both health wise and physically. I spent a total of about 11 months on the process, but basically it was JUST 9months within the corridors of the hospital(s). I’m sure you’re like “see this man, 9 months in the hospital and you’re saying just” Don’t mind me, I can be like that at times 🙂

I had series of surgeries at the hospitals at Benue, Enugu, Lagos and New Delhi India respectively. I was in the theatre during ONE of the numerous surgeries for 10 hours in India,

In India

and I came alive again and I’m still living till now, I guess that’s more than enough testimony for you. Though Several millions of naira had been spent on treatment in ensuring I got better and still spending to ascertain I remain better. I cannot tell you that the Millions we used through the process came easy – as we still have debts to repay- but God made it available. Never stop believing in God.

For me, I believe everything in life happens for a purpose and nothing in life happens outside the permission of God. we might see it as Evil, but God permits some lesser evils to happen in order to avert Greater Evils. I could have Died you know?
So everyday of my life, I keep appreciating the life God has given me, more so the fact that I can move around myself and help myself do every single thing any able bodied human being can do all by myself. it makes me appreciate life the more and gives me a positive insight about the fact that there’s nothing God can not do and there’s no situation HE can not change for the better. Even sometimes when I get low in my spirit, I just Inspire myself and charge up again believing all will be well. I smile a lot and I’ve affected lots of people with it because it makes me feel easy with myself .

I can’t say that Life after the accident as been all rosy as you soon realise that people see that you don’t have an eye before they even give you a chance to prove your worth. I’ve dug in my heels and gotten busy with running an Events planning while trusting God to do what only him can do.
whatever situation you’re going through, I’ve been through worse and I am still thankFULL. so what’s your excuse?

Stay Happy and be FOREVER thankFULL to God Almighty.
#iAMyourTESTiMONY

@prestigebaba +2348024331252

What are you Thankful for today?

P.S: Call my Friend for your events oh! 🙂

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  1. ayomi says:

    Wow! This really touched me. Your life is indeed a testimony and that you can still be thankful through it all. I know God has just started with you. Thank you for sharing!

    1. arike says:

      Amen o! God has just indeed started. He will finish the work. Thanks Ayomi

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*
      Amen and amen. Thanks a whole lot @ayomi.
      Be happy always

  2. Salt says:

    Thank you both for sharing this story. I’m confident it will move, encourage and inspire many more as it did me.

    Have to confess though…I scrolled through the photos with my eyes shut.
    I’m too squeamish. Lol!

    To God be the glory for your friend’s life!

    1. arike says:

      Amen! And Amen!!

      I am glad I didn’t post the rest but I still had to post some for perspective 😉

      Thank you ma!!

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*
      @Salt. Thanks for taking your time to read ma’am
      #Be inspired always. …and you should open your eyes and look at the pictures ma’am… If not, I’ll cry o… :'( Lol
      Thanks

  3. tamie says:

    Thanks to you and your friend for sharing this story. Amazing.

    I am thankful for the gift of life.

    1. arike says:

      Yes o! Thanks dear

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*
      @tamie, thanks for taking your time to read. ☺ Never stop being thankFULL.. #bless

  4. Claudia says:

    I know Ayodeji Opaleye. He’s my very next house neighbour. I remember I heard he was involved in an accident from my mom while in school. The day I finally saw him after the accident I didn’t recognise him. He was driving by and stopped me to say hi. I just casually replied cos I didn’t know this person. He kept saying his name but it didn’t register. It too a while for me to recall his face before the accident and identify it with now. But he was always patient,never angry with me. He’s an amazing person, the most optimistic person. His positivity has encouraged me countless times. I pray that God takes him to even greater places to share his testimony.

    1. arike says:

      Awwww. Amen and Amen!!!!

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*wink*
      @Claudia, Awwwwwwwwn! Dear, such beautiful words for me *soothing* .
      Never would have known you tot so beautiful of me. Thanks dear for taking your time to read, for getting encouraged.
      Amen to the prayers and God bless you hun.

  5. Adenike says:

    Waoh I had tears in my eyes such a handsome guy.. In all things we shld be thankful.. I pray God continues to grant him wisdom strength and courage.. Amen

    1. arike says:

      Amen. Thanks Nike

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*
      Awwwwwwwn @Adenike ?*hands her handkerchief*
      Handsome you say? Yaaaaay! I’ve got my confidence back. ?
      Be thankful always. AMEN to the prayers. Thanks ☺

  6. tolu says:

    Tunde is my very own padi, he’s a very strong person, I cried my eyes out wen I saw d picture where he was tied with bandage. I’m glad he’s still alive. He’s an active youth (president) in our church, he is friendly in the estate where we live, he was popular in secondary school too. I’m so glad he’s alive, I use his story 2 preach 2 guys that are nt bruised yet they don’t search for job or have something doing. He’s indeed a testimony. I’m happy for him, I’m happy he’s alive, I’m happy for his family.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Awwwwwn… @Tolu, I’m covering my face ?
      Thanks dear for such beautiful comments.
      God bless you for me, and may you be happy always, Amen.

  7. yetunde says:

    God is good.my very good friend,my crush.we stay in d same estate,attend d same church.i bless God on your behalf nd I’ve learnt to be thankful also.im going to share dis post as much as I can.thank you arike for writing our story.*smiles*

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Yaaaay! @yetunde, my CRUSH. I will soon change you to LIMCA though… Lmao
      Thanks dear. Be thankful always☺ #Bless

  8. Chioma Obi says:

    This is really a big challenge but glory to Christ as you are stronger and bigger from this.. May the good Lord strengthen and heal every weak fiber of your being.. And grant your family the strength and provision needed.. #youaremytestimony

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @ChiomaObi ☺. Thanks a lot dear, Amen.
      I’m glad you caught your Testimony in ME. REMAIN LIFTED dear. ?

  9. Clare Amah says:

    Wow!!! If there is a word greater than testimony then that is what is life is. Your life portrays the goodness and mercies of God!!! Wow!!!! I am going to over-repost this. Many people especially we youths [myself inclusive] fail to realize that life is so short and fragile and that we should spend the most of our lives serving God. Thank you for this story. I will definitely market his enterprise. Please furnish us with complete details for marketing.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Awwwwwwn! @Clare Amah, you’re already inspiring me so much. Thanks a whole lot. I’m glad you got inspired. Please add me on Facebook.com/ay.sticks
      I Anticipate ☺ #Bless

  10. Ope O says:

    I know Tunde well.
    All I can say is thank God for his life!! God is indeed faithful.
    He’s such an optimistic individual and he’s always the life of the party wherever he is. I pray God would continually bless and strengthen you Tunde!! You will continually have countless reasons to testify to God’s goodness in your life IJN Amen.
    Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring others.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Ope, Yes you know me well and I’m glad to say you’re such a wonderful woman also.
      Thanks dear for saying such beautiful things about me. And I say AMEN to all your prayers. #STAYiNSPiRED ☺

  11. Abidemi says:

    Wow! I thank God that he’s alive. This really brought tears to my eyes. @Tunde may. God continue to protect you, bless the work of your hands and provide you with a wonderful family of your own. I’m thankful for life. Thanks for sharing Arike. May God continue to grant you wisdom.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Abidemi,*hands her handkerchief*-wipe your tears*
      its wonderful how the least expected things bring beautiful people our way ? *you know what I mean*
      Amen to all your prayers Love. Never stop being thankful ☺?

  12. edith says:

    Met tunde through my close friend Alex and from that moment we clicked he assisted us that day in so many ways “(i can remeba when the wheel cover of d tyre fell off on d road at ikorodu ?we had to stop cars to go pick it up )lol. He is highly motivational and down to earth and always making people laugh and happy. I thank God for his life and what he is doing and about to do.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Awwwwwn! @Edith, you still remember that thing ??? Lmao
      Thanks a lot dear, I really appreciate qlove and care. God bless you

  13. ebunoluwa says:

    Hmmmm, the day I heard the news ehn *shakes my head* don’t let me even go into that. Going through the testimony again is making me teary eyed. We are all so grateful to God for keeping him alive for us. His optimism is very inspiring! And I pray he shall fulfill his destiny in Jesus name. Amen.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @ebunoluwa, you had better not go into it o. And let ME catch that your red eye,I’ll spray it white. Lol
      Thanks dear, for having been inspired.
      AMEN to your prayers.

  14. PELUMI MAYOWA says:

    Dis is a great testimony and i’l foreva be grateful to God.TUNDE OPALEYE u r indeed a great testimony to d whole world

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @pelumiMayowa #Hallelujah. Don’t stop being grateful.
      I appreciate you ma’am

  15. pauline says:

    God is really Great….. I remember the day it happened, rushing down to the hospital and I had just little faith you were gonna make it through but you proved me wrong that you are a great child of God…… Am a living testimony of when it happened and how you continued a joyful llife till now…….. Glory

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Hmmmm @pauline, yes I remember that we hardly even ever talked before the accident, but you were available for me. Tells a lot about how good your heart is.
      Thanks dear and Gos bless you

  16. Oladejo Olori Funmi says:

    Opaco! Oga A.Y was ma school Daddy of the same department, fellowship…..infact, he planted a seed in me that later germinated years later when I became the vice president of the union in my school. And that was Humility! Words elude me right now to describe this lovely man. He is always Positive towards EVERYTHING! I can’t but always remember his minor accident before he went to camp, when he came to my place, along with his Imolemide, and I applied balm to his dislocated arm. The smile on his face amidst pain that day is still fresh. No matter what, I still strongly you are going higher, because you av what it takes. A role model per excellence, I will always duff my hat for you! And Arike, thanks a million times for sharing this.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @olori, my wonderful daughter, wow! See the beautiful things you’re saying about me, makes my head swell.
      Yes I remember that night,when you used hot water and Aboniki balm. Haha!??
      Thanks a lot for taking out time to read, and for getting inspired. ☺?☺

  17. AKINTUNDE says:

    AY is one of my most respected senior colleagues in skul, he was the president of Ife linguistics. Though so painful,i believe he has a very special purpose to fulfill in life. I thank God for his life,he’s really a source of inspiration to me.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Akintunde. Thanks a whole lot my man. You inspire me brother. I’m Glad you catch inspiration from me. #Don’t stop man.
      Thanks man

  18. Adeyinka says:

    How can I forget how u( Prestige baba), heli, okons, akin, Bassey, and likes made our days funfilled in Wannune Camp… When we saw ur picture after d tragedy, all corp members served in NAF base in MAKURDI started calling God for ur rescue and indeed God is wonderful and faithful to u. I thank God for u life and I believe God will take u to where u never imagine. U name should be changed to testimony

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Adeyinka, All of you are just wonderful people.
      Amen to your prayers bro . interesting enough, my name is actually #iyanuoluwa. ☺

  19. @ilola says:

    I don’t know what to say apart from praise God. We thank God for how it ended, and know that good will come out of this.’

    Tomi, you should have put your friend’s name in the post na. Plus, it would have been good to know if the accident recorded any death?

    Mrs Brown’s Ministry

    1. arike says:

      Yes! 2 deaths.

      His name is Opaleye Tunde 🙂

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Just keep praising God, that’s more than enough ☺. We thank God
      Yes that’s my name Opaleye Ayodeji Babatunde. And like tomilola already said. 2deaths was recorded.
      I didn’t die in that Accident #Hallelujah.
      Thanks ma’am

  20. Akin Opaleye says:

    Tunde’s story and deliverance is an inspiration to us all…

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      My very own Egbon, thanks a whole lot. I’m glad it inspires you and others sir.
      Please don’t stop being inspired sir. #Bless

  21. segun OGA says:

    This is just God, nobody else could have taken charge. Padi mi, the reason for your survival would surely be perfected by God. I admire your courage, the Lord is and would continue to be your strength. See you soon bro. Tunde Tunero, omo Mr Opa!

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Couldn’t have been any one else Padi mi.
      Amen, Amen. Thanks a whole lot man. God bless you always. #Gbayi
      Hope to see you soon “OgaShegu” *in Omoefe VBC’s voice* ?

  22. Chukwukadibia says:

    There are people you meet, stuff you hear, and things you read that make you wonder why you ever complain…. This is one of them.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @chukwukadibia Exactly, you’re right.
      So why not atop complaining and start praising. It triggers stuff a lot.
      #Bless.Up ☺
      Thanks for your time.

  23. Itunu says:

    Opako, as I fondly call him as being a great friend of mine ever since he contested as the President of his department while I contested as the Director of Socials of my own department.(OAU). I remembered how we teased ourselves for dinner tickets.
    Before and after the accident, he has never being moody, always in high spirit. I can’t thank GOD enough for your life cos you inspire me always. Permit me to stop here.
    Thanks Arike

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @iT my brother • #Hustler# as I used to call you back in those OAU years. Lol. You remember those dinner ticket teases. I’m glad I met you bro.
      Thanks for catching some inspiration from me bro.
      God be praised forever.
      #Bless you always. #Gbayi

  24. Emmanuela says:

    I had cold shivers and tears reading this story. U are indeed a testimony and I thank God for your life. You have such a positive spirit despite all you have faced. I remember yinka Ayefele, it was after his accident that he became popular. I pray for you this day that God will take you to places you have never dreamt of. He will use your life to do wonders in the lives of people. Things you couldn’t achieve before the accident would come to you effortlessly. This accident shall become to you a blessing in disguise. May God bless you beyond human imagination.#you are my testimony #you are the testimony of the believer #you are the testimony of the world. Continue to shine

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Emmanuella, Awwwwwwwn! ?
      Thanks a whole lot dear. And I say AMEN to all your prayers and good wishes.
      You’re wonderful and God bless you more everyday.
      I’m GLAD and HAPPY to be #YourTestimony ☺

  25. blissful says:

    I really bless God on his behalf…….after all the storms he has been through…infact! Am really short of words right now…..you are still thanksful to God after all you have been through…your type is rare…keep it on…God will lay his healing hand on you and heal you completely..Doctor jesus will do a miracle in your life that you will still come back here and testify to the glory of God…stay blessed bro….the sky is your limit!

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Blissful, Hallelujah
      Yes! We should thank God always because he’s a good God. And he’s worthy of every single bit of thanks.
      Amen to your prayers and good wishes in Jesus name.
      Thanks and God bless you☺

  26. nosa says:

    I appreciate the name of the Lord in the life of Tunde. He is a source of inspiration. Despite all, prestige baba still serves God with great zeal,time,talent and energy. I know God is taking him places. More grace to you prestige baba #prestigious Drummer.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Nosa, my brother. We will praise God forever. Listen, God has given Us the time and talent, so using it to praise him shouldn’t be an option. ☺
      Amen to your prayers and good wishes my man. #Bless# ?

  27. ANITA says:

    I saw this write up and I am glad God made me read it. I was also posted to Benue a few years back and I am just grateful to God for your life. I just held my mouth as I read and continuously cried as I remember all I went through during service myself. I pray that God will continue to bless you. Stay encouraged my brother and thank you for sharing your story.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Anita, thank God you came here and read this. I’m sure you won’t stop thanking God for life also.
      + the holding your mouth and crying part ? *don’t make me get all emotional* ☺
      Amen to your prayers ma’am.
      Stay Encouraged always.
      Thanks for taking your time to read. God bless you too ☺☺

  28. Doyin says:

    Hhhuuumh! Of course I have never ceased to say thank you to the Awogba arun ma gbeje,Atop farati bi one who in His merci kept my brother alive but this narration makes me thankful all over again like as at d day he spoke his first words to me after coma. Thanks Arike,may you enjoy greater grace divine

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Awwwwwwn! My sweetest BigSis. @Doyin
      We keep thanking God forever… “Fún Oreofe nlá nlà tó fún wa”
      Hallelujah Forever. Thanks sis ??

  29. Pat Peters says:

    Hmmm, really touching…
    You will 4eva be celebrated positively.
    All praise to God, Its been HIM ALL 2ru…

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @patPeters, Thanks for taking out time to read.
      Amen to your prayer/good wish .
      God be praised forever.☺

  30. Doyin says:

    Hhuuumh.Of course I have never ceased to say thank you to the most faithful,Awogba arun ma gbeje,Ato farati bi one who kept my “baby”brother alive in His infinite merci but this narration makes me exceedingly and abundantly thankful all over again like the day he spoke his first words to me after coma. Thanks Arike,May u enjoy greater grace divine

    1. Hallelujah #Praise be to God forever.
      I’m so thankFULL for life, over and over again.☺☺☺☺☺☺
      Thanks sweet sis

  31. Vicky says:

    Omg…still speechless. Wow. I love the positive spirit, that’s rare to come across.
    we really have to learn from this story. I pray for the grace to have such a thankful heart.

    P.s he still looks cute tho

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Vicky, Thanks a lot☺ and I’m glad you learnt from the story. + I pray God will give you the grace to have a more thankful heart in Jesus name.
      Awwwwwwwn! Did you just say I still look cute? Yaaaay! *Dancing* Thanks a whole lot ???☺?☺

  32. Vicky says:

    Everything God allows is for a purpose and I believe this one ends in joy, lots of it. I pray God continues to see you through and encourage you. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Vicky, you’re very right. Nothing happens without the permission of God. We might see it as evil, but some lesser evils are permitted in order to avert greater evils.☺
      Amen dear. Thanks for taking out time to read. God bless you

  33. Eunice says:

    What more can we say?
    OGENE DOH!

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Eunice, He’s worthy of all the praise. #Glory to God. What more can we say but #Oghene Doh!
      Thanks for taking time to read.☺

  34. ADEOLA OGUNIYI says:

    To GOD be all d gloryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    I meet tunde nd his family at my frnd wedding, nice,quiet nd GOD fearing family.
    Though my frnd told me wat apen nd i don’t know wen tears came out frm eyes, but reading d full story i still cried it’s well wit u tunde.
    Is GOD nd it will always be GOD in ur life nd my life too AMEN.
    Tank u LORD for preserving his life.
    Tank u for sharing tunde nd arike.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Glory to God forever. Awwwwwwwn! See such beautiful words o complement.
      Please wipe your tears and be happy always dear. *hugs*
      Amen to all your prayers and good wishes.
      Thanks for taking out time to read. God bless you dear.

  35. gbemi says:

    His story is a great inspiration to us all. Even in ijede archdeaconry.Thank God. Prestige baba

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @gbemi, I’m glad you got inspired dear .
      Thank . God bless you all for me in Jesus name. ☺

  36. oluwaseunayo says:

    Hmmmm,my chest is still contracted with choked emotions. Even though iv seen and heard the story countless times,I still feel touched.. Bro tunde,who says the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon..your smile inspires me a lot….

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @oluwaseunayo, Awwwwwwwwn! This is so deep#.
      I’m glad you’re touched. Really…
      Hmmmmmmm… Thanks for confessing my smile inspires you dear☺
      Don’t stop being inspired. Thanks dear.

  37. busayo says:

    Wooow!!!! I still remember very well Ayotunde that fateful day, I saw Ayo and his friend Alie shouting and running will joy about their posting to Oktupo, I was. Sitting somewhere crying abt where were. I was bn posted and cloudnt say goodbye when they left and when a friend call that Ayo Bus had and accident all I cloud ask is if he is still alife, I remember how I use to call our other platoon member just to knw if he is out of coma, let me cut d story short. Ayo is just a big testimony and I will forever be grateful to almighty God for sparing Ayotunde Opeleye’s life. Ayotunde Opeleye d sky itself won’t be able to stop you. Thanks Arike for sharing #ourtestimony

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Busayo, my dear Platoon Baby,…Hmmmmmmmm #Memories.
      We are thankFULL to God forever.
      Thanks for your prayers and good wishes dear. God bless you more and more.☺

  38. Olusola Akobi says:

    Wow! this is just intense! my wife made me read this story. I thank God I did…
    I don’t even know what to say…
    Thanks for sharing your story…indeed we should remain thankful to the most high…
    May God continue to beautify your life with good things in Jesus name. Amen.

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Olusola Akobi, I’m glad you reasoned with your wife and took out time to read this.
      Thank God you did.
      Yes! We should thank God always, because there’s always something to be thankful for.
      Thanks for the prayer/Good wish: Amen. ☺

  39. Adenike says:

    I honestly don’t know what to say but my heart prays for you. You will experience unspeakable joy, you will attain heights greater than your anticipation and you will continue to be a blessing to your family, friends and your generation. God bless you!!

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Awwwwwwn! See rain of prayers—*kneels down and bows head*
      Amen Amen Amen in Jesus name
      Thanks a lot ma’am @Adenike. God bless you abundantly.☺

  40. Rona says:

    Tunde( handsome, cheerful,and jovial) young man. I was in school then when I heard what happened to him and I was scared and prayed he got better and TO THE GLORY OF GOD he did I remember when I went to visit him,Tunde was smiling and still very happy. I THANK GOD for his life and for making him a living testimony

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Rona, Awwwwwwn! See beautiful complementary Adjectives all for me. ???thanks darl
      Thanks for praying for me, it worked a great deal.
      And YES! I remember that day you came visiting ☺••• when you smile always,it keeps you one Step Ahead and ‘peppers’ the enemy.
      Thanks a lot dear. God bless you

  41. First..he is so handsome…! Like his handsomeness radiates from within..i know women are described as such but I mean this.

    Such joy..such inspiration..such..whats the word??
    I am thankful for your life and for showing that holding unto God is doable..thanksgiving in ALL circumstances is doable and a blessing in itself!

    May God bless the works of your hands..!

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      Awwwwwwwwn! @Frances Okoro, Now that was #DEEP. Head swelling… Thanks for seeing me as such.
      YES! Everything is ‘doable’ by the grace of God and personal decision to be inspired from within.
      Amen.
      Thanks for taking out time to read this ma’am

  42. AbdulQadir says:

    You really are one great story to always tell to the world. Hmmm, don’t know what to say than to thank God cause HE doesn’t make mistakes. #ATHANKFULHEART

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @Abdulqadir, spread the gospel bro.
      Don’t stop thanking God bro, he NEVER makes mistakes.
      God be praised forever. Thanks for taking out time to read.☺

  43. Wow! i am shaking right now! God is amazing and we do not know the things he does for us!!! This guy’s spirit is amazing, he has not been broken by the accident. This is How God wants us to be. even though i freak out at totally little things sometimes i have learned to remain thankful. God bless this guy… he is definitely a source of inspiration to me and the rest of the world! i am totally in awe of God and i’d like to register my Thank you right here.
    http://www.accordingtolarz.wordpress.com

    1. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @AccordingToLarz, please stop shaking o*
      absolutely not. I was bruised but not broken… That’s why I’m still here.
      Please remain thankful always. And…AMEN to your prayers. God bless you too ☺
      I’m glad I inspire you. Thanks for taking out time to read. God bless you absolutely.?

  44. Nikkisho says:

    Omg, I am just reading this because I came here from your new post and lord after reading this line “whatever situation you’re going through, I’ve been through worse and I am still thankFULL. so what’s your excuse?” I feel like slapping myself for all the complaining and grumbling I have been doing this past few weeks. Things are not going great right now but I must learn to be more grateful/thankful.
    My greetings to your friend and thanks a lot for sharing this.

    1. arike says:

      *Hugs* I pray it gets better dear!!! Thanks for sharing.

    2. Though this reply is coming late, it was deliberately delayed *smile*

      @NikkiSho, Awwwwwn! I’m glad you caught your inspiration from that phrase.
      And No please don’t slap yourself, it’s only normal sometimes, but when you think of it in all you know, *Praise will confuse the enemy* praise and thank God always and you’ll always have results.
      ?*i’m here to receive my greetings myself* ☺☺☺???. Thanks once again. Thanks for taking out time to read

  45. Abimbola says:

    I thank God for your life,your story got me crying and I can’t stop praising the living God for keeping you,with the testimonies I read about u,i can see you a an amazing person.thank God you are alive to read this Tunde.God will bless the work of your hands…. what a handsome dude…

    1. @Abimbola, Awwwwwwn!
      Please wipe your tears.
      We’ll keep thanking and praising God forever.
      Thanks a whole lot dear. Amen.
      Awwwwwwn! So i’m handsome? Yaaaaaay! #iBLUSH??
      THANKS DEAR.

  46. I’m short of words. Really. No amount of words can be enough to say how beautiful you all make me feel… ND I’m even inspired the more because of all I’ve read.
    Had to take my time to reply all through the night because I see WORTH in every single comment that had been put up here with love… Those I know and those I don’t even know …and those I’ve gotten to know as a result of this post.
    Thanks Thanks and thanks.
    And to my Darling Àríkē Olúwatómilōlá Dèjì-ōlàtúndé. I just want to pray for you: That which exceeds human Comprehension, God almighty will do for you in Jesus name.
    This Blog is Moving higher and your life is moving to the highest place in Jesus name.
    #Gracias

  47. Teekay says:

    Seriously, i’m in tears at the moment… WOW… at the time when I tot mine was bad, then i hear this and i am back into my thanksgiving shell…

    WOW… WOW… WOW… WOW…

    This kind God o, I never see Your type o…

    1. Smiles…@teekay… Please just keep smiling and thanking/praising God. It really works dear.
      PS. Please stop crying u his? *hands her handkerchief*
      ??…This Kain God o, blessed be your holy name…

  48. Anonymous says:

    To say that I left home pissed at my husband thus morning. I got to read this and am crying in a public bus. Thank God for you and this great grace. So many people didn’t even go thru as much and didn’t make it. U were right when u said God allows some of these things. I am sorry u had to go thru all that. Honestly the thot of it all sends cold shivers down my spine. We are grateful to God from whom all blessings flow. I can’t wait to me you on the 23rd

  49. Okey Martins says:

    Bro Tunde, reading ur testimony i got to undastand what it really means to be a christain. may God forgive me for ever complaining.Thanks bro for sharing ur story am really really inspired.God bless u.

  50. Okey Martins says:

    Bro Tunde, reading ur testimony i now understand what it means to be a christain. may God forgive me for ever complaining. your story really really inspired me. God bless u bro.

  51. Tolani says:

    OMG, this is so touching. Have meet once @ ojulegba I thought maybe you might be a bad boy that why such happened….. U are indeed a TESTIMONY…
    BABA GOD AM GRATEFUL AND FORGIVE ME FOR NOT BE FAITHFUL.

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