14-yr-old escaped Nigerian air crash

2012-06-05 07:49

Lagos - Nigeria's abysmal power supply may have saved 14-year-old David Shoyemi from being among the more than 150 people killed by a devastating plane crash in the country's largest city of Lagos.

After church on Sunday afternoon, David's father Emmanuel asked the teenager to walk across the road to buy a card for his mobile phone.

The phone cards were sold in the plot of land where the Dana Air MD83 crashed after its engines failed, killing all 153 people on board and a yet uncounted number on the ground.

"The minute I sent him, they brought light," the elder Shoyemi told AFP, using a Nigerian phrase to describe when power has been restored.

"I told him, 'quickly go and iron your clothes for school while there is light,'" said the 44-year-old father of five who owns a clothing store called Wemmy Tino.

His wife died two years ago and making sure his children are neatly dressed has become part of Emmanuel Shoyemi's paternal duties.

Moments after he told his son to start ironing, the plane came down: "then, what I hear is the noise. Pow! Pow!"

Despite being Africa's top oil producer, Nigeria sees daily power cuts several times per day, leading people to use the electricity while they can.

Asked if he believed his son would been have killed had he gone out to buy the phone card, Shoyemi simply said, "I give God all the glory."

  • Mokoena - 2012-06-05 11:51

    Whn thnx happen der must b sm1 who wil cm nd testify, a man called Job his ppl died bt 1 escape as 2 testify, in a simple way God wnt de ppl of Nigeria 2 glorify his name truthfully nd spirit, cz God cn let u 2 b in dackness so dat whn he tkes u out testify sy he is great nd he is der 2 protect u.

      Bloodstone - 2012-06-05 12:05

      Hey Mokoena, time for you to get out of the "dackness" and learn to write properly!

      Mike - 2012-06-05 12:08

      Learn. How. To. Spell. Are you that lazy that you can't include a vowel? Its actually harder to read when you typ lik dis.

  • Rainbow - 2012-06-05 12:07

    Amen Shoyemi!! Another amazing "miracle" testimony :)

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