I was running late for work this morning and as a typical Nigerian, the first thought that came to my mind was to hasten up my movement by boarding the next available bike.

This is obviously a natural thought for every Lagosian as it is no longer news that the popular motorcycle is now the most reliable and fastest means of getting to your destination in a traffic-filled city like Lagos.

I had to literarily shut my eyes as the unrelenting bike riders tried fruitlessly to get my attention to patronize them.

It's been barely a month I survived a bike accident and I have made up my mind to stay away from them, although this time around the urge was very strong.

Well, God in his infinite mercies reminded me that "it's better to be late to work than ....." I'm sure you can complete the sentence.

Fortunately, a tricycle halted in front of me and the driver indicated that he was going my way. I thankfully boarded and we started the journey.

There was traffic ahead, due to the bad road, and most drivers were struggling to find an alternative route.

I wasn't surprised to see almost all the bike riders plying the wrong lane, "one-way" as we usually call it.

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It was not up to five minutes when we heard a loud crashing sound and not long after we were told there was an accident.

A bike rider plying 'one way' at top speed had collided with a commercial bus. Regrettably, the rider died on the spot.

That must have been somebody's son, husband and maybe father. Gone in the twinkle of an eye.

I know a lot of people would say that the "Spirit of December" has taken him away. Typical Nigerian mentality. How myopic!

Do you need a soothsayer to tell you that his recklessness and carelessness are the cause of his death?

Personally, I do not believe in the myth of "Mber month spirit". I think it's just that people get more careless and make more wrong decisions in this season.

Please, let's all take caution and ensure we are extra careful in all our dealings and endeavors especially this period.

Remember The Tory Teller loves you, so please stay safe always!

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Onyinye Udeh


  1. So sad the bike rider died. One should avoid okada as possible as he/she can. If you must ride on any, you must be extra vigilant while you are on it .God saved me from a bike accident of which am mosr grateful to Him for the gift of life. Though I still have the scar to remind me not to take okada again 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

    1. Oh dear. So sorry about that. I'm glad you are here to tell the story. Boarding a bike especially on the highway is a giant risk that should be avoided.


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