Nigerian Couple Reunited After 10 Years And Died 24hours Later
culled from Punch newspaper
The story of Romeo and Juliet is read by many and taken for granted as just another story, a fairy tale.
But, your heart will melt when you hear one of the most shocking
stories of the tragic accident involving a Young Shall Grow luxurious
bus and a Dangote cement truck, the story of Nneka and Kenneth Ojielo, a
couple who died in the accident. Theirs is a story that will bring
tears to many eyes because Kenneth had not seen his wife in the last 10
years until Thursday, the day before they both perished in the explosion.
“My sister travelled to Lagos from Enugu on Wednesday. On Thursday, I
took her to the airport to welcome her husband. No one could separate
them when Kenneth eventually came out with his luggage. They kissed for
about 15 minutes and everybody around just stood watching. ”Nneka’s
younger brother, Ogonna Abako, told Punch that “Kenneth travelled to
Austria in 2003 in search of greener pastures. Before he left, they
already had five children. Their eldest child is 21.
“They actually got married very early. Kenneth was 26 years old when they got married while my sister was about 20 years old at the time. Everybody was joyous when we heard he was coming home.”
A picture of the joyous reunion taken by Ogonna’s wife on her mobile
phone at the airport showed a couple with much happiness written all
over their faces. But that joy was short-lived.
they decided to travel to Enugu. Kenneth wanted to meet his children as
soon as possible. The children too were ecstatic in Enugu as they kept
calling, asking their father, whom they had not seen in the last 10
years, to get home on time.
Ogonna said, “I drove my sister and
her husband to a hotel and lodged them there. The following day, I woke
up early to take them to the bus park. We got to Jibowu and realised
that the Ekene bus they wanted to take had already left.
“I wanted them to take a smaller bus, but Kenneth insisted he would rather board the luxury bus.”
The couple held hands in the bus and prayed for journey mercies as
Ogonna bid them farewell, not knowing it was for the last time. He said
he called his sister’s phone at 3pm but it did not connect. He thought there was at network problem.
“When it was 6pm, my sister’s eldest child called and said she had not seen her parents. I then asked my brother to go to the Young Shall Grow park in Enugu. He was told there that only two of the company’s buses took off from Lagos that day, one from Maza Maza and one from Jibowu.
“Many families were waiting for their relations at the park too. The bus that took off from Maza Maza got to the park and that was when
the passengers broke the news of the accident to waiting families. Those
children will never see their father and mother again,” Abako said as
he dabbed at his teary eyes. Worse is the fact that their bodies
cannot be claimed by their family members for burial as they were burnt
beyond recognition and were therefore given a mass burial on Tuesday in
Benin. What a sad way to end their journey…all the 10 years hustle of
the husband gone. So sad!