Meet Ifeoma Emmanuel, the girl who survived a deadly explosion in Nigeria which took the lives of many including her baby brother.

On January 27, 2002, Lagos witnessed a devastating incident they had never encountered before — an explosion that was not targetted at anyone.

The Lagos armoury explosion was an accidental detonation of a large stock of military high explosives at a storage facility in Ikeja Cantonment. A large section of Lagos caught up in flames resulting from burning projectiles.

Lagos Armoury Explosion
A cut-out from 2002 newspaper

At the time, Ifeoma was just 4 years old and her brother was only 13 months old.

18 years after the tragic incident, 22-year-old Ifeoma reflects on the past and is thankful for her life.

Today marks 18 [years since] I escaped death! But God changed my story (27/1/2002) during the bomb blast that happened in Ikeja cantonment when I was just 3+ years old that took the lives of millions of souls including that of my kid brother and left me the only surviving child.”

The blast took the lives of 1,100 people and displaced over 20,000 with scores injured according to reports.

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