How The Cold Hands Of Death Snatched My Parents- Toke Makinwa

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In 1993, TM lost her parents to a fire. She always shies away from this topic in interviews and has finally opened up for the first time in her book, “on becoming”
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The fire claimed the lives of her parents when they were 35 (dad) and 34 (mum). They died when Toke, their second child and one of four children, was just 8 years old. The fire was caused by a gas cylinder explosion at their home
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“My dad had come out of the building smelling of burning rubber, putting out the fire on his shorts as he tried to explain what happened to a crowd that seemed to be getting bigger every minute. There was something I could taste in my mouth; it was fear. Fear gripped me and I could barely move. In movies, you sometimes see a scene with someone burning from head to toe. Everyone ran back trying to figure out who it was. It took a moment to realise it was my mum. I stood glued to the spot watching her burn.” #nigerianwomendiary ™@nigerianwomendiary

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