Ikoyi Building Collapse: CNN reporter, Stephanie Busari grieves over death of friend

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Ikoyi Building Collapse: CNN reporter, Stephanie Busari grieves over death of friend

Stephanie Busari, a reporter for Cable Network News (CNN) is currently in grief over the death of her friend, Samuel Iwelu, whose body was among those recovered in the Ikoyi building collapse, in Lagos.

It was reported that family members of Iwelu resorted to printing out his photographs for identification at the site of the collapsed building on Wednesday.

Busari, the Bureau Head of CNN Africa, said she was reporting a few metres away from the site of the collapsed building on Monday, oblivious that Iwelu was also trapped in the rubble.

“I have reported on many disasters in my career but I never, ever thought my latest report on the building collapse in Ikoyi would hit so close to home. I was reporting just metres away from the collapsed site that fateful Monday night, not knowing you were under the rubble, Sammy,” she wrote.

In a video of herself while reporting at the site, via her Instagram page on Saturday, Busari said she wished she could have offered Iwelu help in his final moments.

“I would have dug through the rubble and called out your name,” she said.

Busari further described Iwelu as a large-hearted man who loved deeply, gave freely, and cherished his family and friends.

“I can’t believe I am writing final words about you who was so full of life. Always smiling, laughing and full of tales and gists. The ultimate hustler, who fought so many battles so bravely. I am so proud of you, Sammy.

“I wish I told you more often. Your work ethic, your heart, your integrity, your courage. I was looking forward to all your milestones, dancing down the aisle as you finally found that true love your heart desired, celebrating all your wins. I know you are in a better place but it hurts so much to say goodbye so soon in your prime of life.

“Just 34, you are gone too soon, my darling aburo. I will love you forever. Sun re Samuel Iwelu, Sammy blessed, Man like Sammy,” she wrote.

So far, the number of survivors of the collapsed building has risen to 15 while 42 deaths have been recorded, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Saturday.

Ikoyi Building Collapse: CNN reporter, Stephanie Busari grieves over death of friend

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