In a poignant radio interview, a UK-trained Banking and Finance graduate unfolds the emotional journey of finding himself under Oshodi bridge in Lagos after spending 21 years in America.
The man, who spent nine years in London studying banking and finance, recounted a pivotal moment during his stay in America. He had a dream of flying and encountered signboards, including ‘Welcome to the Bahamas’ (a familiar vacation spot), ‘Welcome to London,’ ‘Welcome to Africa,’ and ‘Welcome to Nigeria.’ Startled, he woke up shouting “Nigeria,” leading his family to send him to a California hospital.
Upon release, he was sent back to Nigeria, where his elder siblings took him to Yaba Psychiatric Hospital. Abandoned and unsupported, he found himself sleeping under the Oshodi bridge. The situation escalated when the police chased people from their makeshift homes beneath the bridge.
During this encounter, the man, prodded by a police officer’s gun, regained a fragment of his sanity and perplexed the officers by asserting his American origin. Subsequently, he was taken to a mountain, where he spent six years undergoing a process of deliverance.
The man’s harrowing journey from America to Oshodi Bridge reveals the complexities of mental health and the challenges faced by individuals in dire circumstances.
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