Nollywood actor, Charles Okocha aka Donga or 2pac, is opening up the incident which left him struggling for life in the hospital battling due to his being a victim of stray bullet.
It would be recalled that Okocha was attending a wedding ceremony in Nnewi, Anambra State on December 27, 2015 when a drunken mobile policeman approached him and out of respect and admiration for his work, proceeded with celebratory shooting but the gun fell from his hand and the bullet misfired at the actor.
Charles Okocha sat down with the Punch where he disclosed that his mother had a premonition about the said incident days before it happened but he didn’t take it too serious and the “avoidable” happened, adding that people he considered as friends also abandoned him during his stay in the hospital.
Excerpts from the interview:
“This tragic incident has really opened my eyes to a lot of things.
“Today I know who my real friends are because even the people I thought would stand by me in this trying period have deserted me.
“A lot of them didn’t even call or come to visit me. Some were even peddling wrong information that I fought with a mobile policeman and I was shot in the process. But that was a big lie. None of them ever called to find out how I was doing.
“I have learnt a lot of lessons during this period. I have learnt that even people you call friends could disappoint you when you least expect,” he said.
The actor ascribed his survival to divine grace:
According to him, the incident would have been averted if he had heeded his mother’s warning.
“My mother had a premonition of the incident days ahead through a vision revealed to her in church but I didn’t take it too seriously.
“She warned me not to go for that particular occasion but I ignored her. There was a time I had an accident while returning from the club, my mother had also seen the event ahead and warned me but I also refused.
“I would say my being alive today has been by the divine grace of God. It wasn’t just me that the bullet hit; it hit another guy who came all the way from Germany for that particular ceremony.
“The guy was supposed to have his wedding three days after that time but he did not survive the incident. He was hit by only one bullet but God spared my life even with six bullets.
“Nobody was willing to take me to hospital in their vehicle because they were afraid I was going to die in it. Five cars rejected me. I lost a lot of blood. It was only God that kept me alive,” the actor added.