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article imageNigeria Dana airline crash — How 'light' saved a teenager

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 5, 2012 in World
Lagos - One of the inconveniences Nigerians put up with are frequent power cuts that throw entire metropolitan landscapes into pitch darkness sometimes for days. But a teenager and his father are blessing "Almighty PHCN" for "taking the lights" last Sunday.
AFP reports that Emmanuel Shoyemi, 44, father of 14-year-old David Shoyemi, sent his son across the street to buy a phone credit card for his mobile phone after church on Sunday afternoon. The phone card vendor Emmanuel patronizes has his stall on the spot where the Dana airplane crash landed after its engines failed, killing 153 people on board and several others on the ground.
There was a power cut at the time Shoyemi sent his son across the road to buy a phone card. According to Emmanuel Shoyemi, who manages a clothing store, "The minute I sent him, they (the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN) restored power."
Emmanuel decided to stop his son from going across the street to buy a phone card. He asked him to iron his school clothes instead, before another power cut occurs. In Nigeria, the "lights" go on and off unpredictably all day long and Nigerians adapt by using electricity while it is available.
The Dana plane crash landed on the spot where Emmanuel had sent his son to buy a phone card. The plane crash landed almost as soon as the boy began ironing his school clothes. Emmanuel said "then, what I hear is the noise. Pow! Pow!"
Emmanuel is a Christian. He believes that God saved his son's life by causing PHCN to restore power at the moment they did, not minding the fact that several other people on the ground were killed when the plane crash landed.
Shoyemi, whose wife died two years ago, said: "I give God all the glory."
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