Professor Okey - By Onuoha Fay Claire

Collins had been lying unconscious on the dusty road for over an hour, following an accident. He was ignored by a Priest who had an emergency to attend to and a pastor who was running late for a "power-packed" crusade.

Blood trickled down from his nostrils. The accident scene was a lonely road with bushes on both sides; perhaps, that explained why help didn't come quickly.

Professor Okey, a renowned writer, speaker and humanitarian, was coming back from an important meeting. He was fagged out and wished to reach home sooner so as to rest his aching body.

As he drove by, he saw a body lying unconscious on the road and stopped. Without thinking twice, he jumped out of the car and checked for any sign of life in the body. Convinced that the young man was still alive, he carried him into his car and drove madly to the nearest hospital.

The medical personnel recognized him as he was an important figure in the country and immediately took the young man to ER.  After several checks, the head doctor confirmed that Collins has internal bleeding and would need a surgery to save him.

“Just give me a total of the bills. I want him in a private room with the best health care available here. I want the very best for him,” Prof Okey said.

Taken aback, the Doctor asked him of his relationship with the young man.

“I don't even know his name, he's an accident victim that I picked on the road,” he replied as he wired five hundred thousand naira into the hospital's account via mobile banking.

“Thank you Prof. You're quite different from other non-Christians,” the Doctor said.

“According to Dalai Lama, 'All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is, they should be part of our daily lives.' Love is my religion.” Prof Okey concluded as he stood to leave the doctor's office.


Today is Sunday. Its a day to go to church and worship God. But how are we worshiping him? With our mouths? Or with our deeds? We say we are Christians but are we behaving like one outside the church?

The above question is food for thought.

Love is all we need in this world. Christians, Moslems, Atheists, Hindus, Yogis, traditional worshipers etc if we can all just love and give help where needed, this world will be a better place.

Good morning and happy Sunday.