The recent crises occasioned by the herdsmen in several parts of the country have taken a toll on a lot of Nigerians, so that even those in the entertainment industry have had a fair share of the mounting disasters. A well acclaimed Yoruba Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan, took a walk down memory lane even as she narrated the ordeal she had in 2016. According to her, she had purchased a farmland spanning five hectares at Ijebu Omu in Ogun state, where she took to planting newly developed watermelon hybrid seedlings. Adesiyan recounted that having worked so hard on the farm, she took the liberty of granting herself a vacation, but this was not without visiting and executing yet another project in her tomato farmland located at Iseyin.
After a successful one month vacation touring China with her Iran and Pakistani partners, Adesiyan took a stop at Dubai. And upon arriving the Dubai airport with the hopes of coming back to Nigeria, she was alerted via her mobile phone that her watermelon farm in Ijebu Omu had been ravaged by herdsmen who attacked the area
The shock from the experience caused her to become unconscious and thereafter hospitalised at an undisclosed hospital where she was admitted for five days. Going forward, the actress shared a picture of herself in the hospital. Read post below: “I remember this day 2016. 3 months prior, I’d just acquired 5 hectares of land at Ijebu Omu for watermelon farming. I was in such a high spirit looking forward to planting the new hybrid seedlings that had just surfaced. I was sleeping at a room apartment I rented in the village so I could be closer to farmland. We went to work. Cleared the land, sunk the borehole, layed the pipes for irrigation so water can be sufficient as watermelon feeds hugely on water and environment. We planted. I left the farm maintenance to the farm manager. I was so tired that I needed to take a holiday so bad but Ranti, my friend who just struck a deal with a Nigerian-Indian company who needed tomato suppliers who can be consistent was waiting. So we headed to Iseyin from Ijebu to see the expansion on our Tomato farm.I stopped in Ibadan on my way from Iseyin to have a drink with my constituents and my favourite Amala Turaya at Yemetu.
On getting to Lagos, I had only 5days to prepare for my China trip as my partners from Iran and Pakistan wanted us to tour Hunan, a province popular for it’s tea Cultivation. As a “soji girl” that I am, I exploit all money making avenues around me. I needed to shop for my milk and Sardines that I will sell in China to cover my hotel bills. (Ogbon lo gba) So I spent one whole month in China from Shanghai to Yiwu to Hunan to Sixuan to Pinyin to Hanzhou and finally Guangzhou where I met my beautiful Abuja babe, Mobola. I was tired and drained mentally and physically. I had a week stopover in Dubai which I’d to cancel cos I just wanted to be in the strong embrace of my #ejika the best man any woman can ask for.As I turned my phone on at Dubai airport, text messages came in from my watermelon farm manager that #fulaniherdsmen had come into my farm and their cows had destroyed our watermelon that was due for Cultivation oh how i cried! I collapsed right there at Dubai airport. I was rushed to the emergency hospital and was on admission for the 5days I didn’t want to spend! (Man proposes….) This Picture was taken the 2nd day by my Doctor. I have never met youths who have zeal to succeed more than Nigerians but the collapse of law and order by the
Many friends and followers alike have reacted emphatically to her experience, just as they did not fail to highlight the sorry security challenges faced by the country.