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Onyeka Nwelue is currently hospitalised following a vehicle accident.

Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue is currently hospitalised following spine and hip dislocations in a vehicle accident. It happened in Abuja on 1 February, a night after his 30th birthday, when a car with failed brakes rammed into his. He has since been to Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja and is now at Lerotong Hospital, Guateng Province, South Africa. He is currently unable to walk and friends and well-wishers are rallying round to raise N9.8m ($27,000) so he can be moved to Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA where he has a medical history and will be treated. They have been making posts on Facebook, soliciting for funds.

Nwelue, who shot the Flora Nwapa documentary The House of Nwapa (2016), is the author of the novel The Beginning of Everything Colourful (2017), and is currently an assistant professor and Visiting Fellow of African Literature and Studies at the English Language Department, Manipur University, India and a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University.

Nwelue made posts on Facebook, sharing photos of himself and his medical papers, thanking friends who rushed to his aid. “I’m forced to write this. In the deepest pain I have ever felt,” he wrote. “My sacroiliac joint is dislocated from my spine and hip; reason why I feel so much pain and have not been able to step out of the room where I am.”

I have also read comments from people who believe the ‘Onyeka Nwelue they know’ has money. And he knows people. So, he doesn’t need to solicit for public fund.

This is to confirm that those who are seeking for public support for me are doing so for the reason that they want me to not be in pain as much as I want to be free. Most of them are people who are not even close to me—because those who are close to me feel shame that they can’t help.

Writing this has been painful. I will be off Facebook for a long time.

Some members of the literary community have been responsive, wishing him quick recovery and making donations. Here are the account details for support:

Bank: Zenith Bank.

Account Name: Onyeka Nwelue.

Account Type: Savings.

Account Number: 2178748991.

Brittle Paper wishes you a safe treatment and quick recovery, Onyeka.

Let us help save one of our own.

 

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “Fundraising in Progress for Onyeka Nwelue’s $27,000 Spine and Hip Dislocation Treatment Following Vehicle Accident” Subscribe

  1. henry 2018/02/16 at 04:28 #

    speedy recovery, man.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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