After a ghastly accident involving his car and another whose brakes failed and rammed into his just a day after his 30th birthday in Abuja on February 1, Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue has sustained severe spine and hip dislocation resulting in his inability to move.
Since the news broke, Onyeka has been hospitalised at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja and is currently at Lerotong Hospital, Guateng Province, South Africa. For Onyeka to walk again, he needs spine surgery that costs as much as $27,000 which is about #9.8m.
Onyeka is the author of the novel The Beginning of Everything Colourful (2017) and is presently an assistant professor and a Visiting Fellow of African Literature and Studies at theEnglish language Department, Manipur University, India. Heis also a Research Fellow at the Centre for international Studies, Ohio University. In 2016, he shot the Flora Nwapa documentary: The House of Nwapa.
In one of his Facebook posts, Onyeka shared his photos, thanked his friends who came through for him and revealed his state of mind: ‘I’m forced to write this. In the deepest pain I have ever felt.My sacroiliac joint is dislocated from my spine and hip; reason why I feel so much pain and have not been able to step out of the room where I am.
I have also read comments from people who believe the ‘Onyeka Nwelue they know’ has money. And he knows people. So, he doesn’t need to solicit for public fund.
This is to confirm that those who are seeking for public support for me are doing so for the reason that they want me to not be in pain as much as I want to be free. Most of them are people who are not even close to me—because those who are close to me feel shame that they can’t help.
Writing this has been painful. I will be off Facebook for a long time’.
To help save the life of one of our own, please make donations to:
Bank: Zenith Bank.
Account Name: Onyeka Nwelue.
Account Type: Savings.
Account Number: 2178748991.
Source: Brittle Paper
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