Nollywood actor, Charles Okocha, popularly called Donga or 2pac, has said the time he spent in the hospital battling with survival from bullet wounds opened his eyes to a lot of things.
He said surviving six gun shots wounds where he spent several weeks at the hospital were his tying times which made him realize who his true friends are.
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.
“The policeman walked to where I was standing and said that my movies always made him happy.
“He said as a mark of appreciation of my works and the respect he had for me, he would shoot into the air as a form of salute, even though I didn’t fancy the idea.
“The guy was very drunk and so when he corked his gun to shoot, it fell from his hand.
“Unfortunately, the gun had been programmed to shoot rapidly and sporadically. I was very close to him and before the gun dropped some bullets had hit me,” Okocha had earlier disclosed.
In a chat with The Punch, the ‘Strong Men at Work’ actor said, “This tragic incident has really opened my eyes to a lot of things.
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“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.