Earlier today, media personality Toke Makinwa returned, for the first time in 23 years, to the apartment where she lost her parents as a child. “I’ve never been back there, it holds so much emotions and I always told myself I will go once I have exhaled,” said the top OAP.
Makinwa was only 8 years old when a gas leak led to an explosion that killed her parents at their home in Abuja. In her book On Becoming, the OAP walked down memory lane to that day when her life changed.
She added “My dad had come out of the building smelling of burning rubber, putting out the fire on his shorts as he tried to explain what happened to a crowd that seemed to be getting bigger every minute. There was something I could taste in my mouth; it was fear. Fear gripped me and I could barely move. In movies, you sometimes see a scene with someone burning from head to toe. Everyone ran back trying to figure out who it was. It took a moment to realise it was my mum. I stood glued to the spot watching her burn.”
Her father was only 35 and her mother, 34.
Now, Toke Makinwa, who is in Abuja for her book reading, says she is much stronger now and confronted that part of her life by visiting the old home. “It was good to see where I played as a child, my home and so much much,” she said, and she shared photos of what the home looks like now.
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