The Day I became the 1st Nigerian to drive a BMW Active Hybrid 5

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It happened yesterday June 17, 2012. I just got delivery of my BMW Active Hybrid 5 (2012 model). After 3 months of placing my order in the Germany office, my dream ride has become a reality. From my blackberry dp & wallpaper to the parking lot in my office. I was ecstatic. I was excited. I’m still excited.

The agent that delivered it was even more excited than I was. “Oga, this car no be normal car o: na space ship.” I laughed at his comical gesture and continued analyzing the features of the car. If anyone thought my reward was in heaven, then my heavenly experience just started. I called the sales manager in Germany, Barry Silverstein, to thank him for all his help during the negotiations.

I hurriedly got into my new baby to see how fitted and soothing it was and WOW: it was like riding on heaven’s street. Every thing seemed exactly as I had envisioned it to be and even exceeded my expectations. Now, finally at last my dream car has become my real car. This was physical proof that “if you can dream it, then you can achieve it”.

My wife whom I intended to surprise with the news was amazed at the differences between her BMW 318i series and the $72000 540i series. Imagine your car having a function that generates electrical power to run itself from the battery. It’s automatically activated each time you come to a junction or traffic congestion and has the capacity to go as far as 60 miles per hour without consuming your N97 per litre petrol.

Did I mention the “proximity alert” feature it has: it alerts you when you’re about to hit something or someone (although you’ll need to input the minimum distance you would like to keep for it to be active). Excited, I took my newly found love on a ride. I had to test this baby. Just at the time when I was cruising on Ikorodu road, a 89 year old man (I would later discover his age) was about crossing the expressway and was in collision course with my baby.
The alert given me by the car simultaneously helped the car come to a complete halt without tumbling (a stunt only seen in James Bond films). Wow, that was close.

Imagine my testimony that I killed a n old man on my first ride. I felt tensed. I felt hot. I began sweating. It was at that point I realized that I had not put on the air conditioner in the car. I was sweating profusely. Thank God I did not hit the man. What would have come of my $70,000 investment. I decided to park off road to calm myself down. As I was about to put on the AC to cool me down, I received a hot slap on my back. It was my wife: “WAKE UP, WAKE UP…you’re sweating profusely & it is making me uncomfortable on this bed….”. And then I woke up, and realized it was all a dream…… A dream from the very first sentence of this write up.

……..Here’s just to apologize to all my fans reading this for the silence on my part for slowing down on the publishing of my inspiring articles. This is just to test and see if I’ve not forgotten how to write…. So what do you think? If I write a book, would you purchase a copy?

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  1. Samson · June 18, 2012

    Oga Elo, to answer your question, yes I’ll purchase a copy, but the suspense here was too much jhor, so I might not purchase *smiles* I just kept reading hoping to see the picture of your new ‘dream’ baby, but all I see is your wife slapping us back to real world.
    Nice one. Hope to meet you soon


  2. zara · June 18, 2012

    I jst knew dre was more 2 it after d opening caution of “read b4 u comment” buh mehn dat suspense can b found even in american movies.i’ll def purchase a copy of ur book.kip up d good work sir.


  3. wale art lawal · June 18, 2012

    I wont b surprised when your bmw comes. You ve been consistent.
    But apart from bmw we now have auto s that has brain like us and can run 60mpg on our N 97ltr fuel.what do u call a car that can talk to u like a companion.


  4. Iniabasi Okon · June 18, 2012

    Very funny! And here I was feeling very jealous and also wishing for mine. All the same, very good write up. Suspense was good.


    • elophotos · June 20, 2012

      Dnt feel jealous o. Its ok to dream about urs also. ChEERS


  5. Ayodele Dada Charles · June 18, 2012

    I will buy every book you publish


    • elophotos · June 19, 2012

      Thanks so much in advance for adding the the investment fund account for the “dream” ride. May ur spouse never run away……Amen


  6. Obulor · June 18, 2012

    You just spoilt my wife’s night sleep with this your…story. She was already excited that the BMW you told them of has finaly arrived only for me to read down and discovered that the story of tortoise was more real than this. Well, you can still drive that car for real on the streets of Lagos if you work harder and ‘dream’ less and Believe God. Hope to see you in Lagos soon.


    • elophotos · June 19, 2012

      Didn’t mean to “spoil” her sleep. I’ll increase my level of hard work and continue my dreaming on the side….and eventually it shall be a reality. Thanks again


  7. zara · June 19, 2012

    I jst knew dre was more 2 it after d opening caution of “read b4 u comment” buh mehn dat suspense cannot b found even in american movies.i’ll def purchase a copy of ur book.kip up d good work sir.


    • elophotos · June 19, 2012

      Thanks for ur kind words. Dnt know about the american movies stuff but we’ll see sha.


  8. Olusegun Ogunyemi · June 19, 2012



  9. Wole Gege · June 19, 2012

    I got caught up in your dream. I hope to get out of this dream.


    • elophotos · June 19, 2012

      Dnt be too quick to get out….the manifestation cometh soon


  10. Opeyemi Ojudun · June 20, 2012

    chai………oga elo…….this suspense can wake the dead oh………..i actually believed the story until you recieved a slap…..i guess you really deserved it for the suspense you have put us through…i would surely buy the book. please, when would the maiden edition of the magazine be out, and how much would it cost? pls reply to my mail…..


  11. laolu7 · June 22, 2012

    stop it joh..we were all deceived…looolz


  12. Olakunle Liberty · June 22, 2012

    This s wonderful. In fact I will look for the book and buy. Thumbs up


  13. ekpo eze · June 22, 2012

    Yes, you are a good writer bro!


  14. Oladele-Samuel, Olusegun · June 23, 2012

    i was almost gonna send you a text before getting to the end of this article. thank God i waited till i finished reading. i was so happy for you (still happy for you though) that you finally got it the way you wanted like the first time (when you got one for your wife) Anyway, its an engaging piece and you’ll be a best selling author when you finally decide to publish a book. i’ll definitely buy. And congratulations on the success of PICTURE THIS. i hope it can be subscribed for?


  15. Anonymous · June 28, 2012

    I almost bought the car…….. abeg write the book


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