Olorogun Oskar Christopher Eyovbirere Ibru, the aristocratic business magnate and scion of the Ibru dynasty, who runs and oversees the many activities of the family multi-billion naira business empire, which is regarded as one of the largest conglomerates in Nigeria, has every reason to be grateful to God.
Ibru, who is fondly called OCJ or Skido, gallantly fought a battle with the deadly pandemic, COVID-19, which has terminated many lives all over the world, and survived it.
Ibru was reported to have contracted the virus and had to stay in an isolation centre for more than a month. It was a harrowing experience for the Ibru family, who is yet to get over the loss of its patriarch – the business mogul, Olorogun Michael Ibru, who died in 2016.
Describing his experience in a message sent out to family and well-wishers, Olorogun Ibru, the Otunba Boyejo of Ijebuland, the Odomese of Olomu Kingdom and a former president of the Nigeria Shippers council, revealed that he almost died.
According to him: “I almost died. No kidding. COVID-19 is Evil. 7 weeks and 2 days, man! Pneumonia, kidney, liver, collapsed lungs, cough like no other, fever. In short death. Finally unconscious. No breathing whatsoever. Doctors lost hope. I kicked that mother fucker’s ass. But he left some serious collateral damage. Thank God my heart was strong from some of those things we did in the days and at the same time being an athlete in the good old days”.
“My heart refused to quit. So, here I am, home at last. My brother, the shit was rough and painful as hell. I do not wish for a re-match. I lost over 10 direct friends in my 7 weeks of incarceration. Same hospital. The day I went in, Bolu came out on the way to the mortuary. The day I left (on my 2 feet), Kitty Rhodes left but flat on his back on the way to the morgue. Praise God. I must have done something right or I am about to. All I know is thank you God.”