By Jeoffrey Mukubi
IT has been six months since rapper Hilifa 94 was involved in tragic car accident, which landed him in intensive care for three weeks and he has now broken his silence on what happened on that fateful day. According to him, it all began in the early hours of Monday morning on 26 March 2018 when he was out partying with friends in Ongwediva. He and one of his closest friends (known only as Pandu) planned to travel to Windhoek for an event scheduled for Friday 30 March 2018. “We were tired and worn out, but we convinced ourselves to drive that same morning in Pandu’s Golf,” Hilifa 94 said. He admitted to Confidente that his friend was speeding excessively and although the driver was clearly fatigued, Hilifa 94 thought that he could get them to Windhoek safely. That however did not materialise, as the driver fell asleep at the wheel and drove them straight into a tree. “The car flipped so many times and at that point I felt that it would never end, but the car eventually ended up upside down in a tree,” he continued. On coming his senses and realising that he’d been in a car accident Hilifa got out of the vehicle and passed out, just as the emergency services arrived. “I was in a self-induced coma for three weeks and as soon as I woke up I did not know where I was or what was going on, because I could not remember anything,” he said. Hilifa suffered a head wound, dislocated arm and leg, as well as a bruised neck, but these wounds according to him, were minor injuries compared to that of his friend. “As soon as I came to I asked about Pandu, who had also been in ICU, but came out of it before I did,” he said. His friend, who was driving the Volkswagen Citi Golf, suffered more serious injuries, which caused his leg to be amputated, because it broke onto 50 bone fragments and he was paralysed in the other leg. Both of them were eventually discharged, but Hilifa 94 was left traumatised and felt that he could not make music anymore. “I thought I was going to die. I know I am on the road a lot, but when that happened, I wanted to give up music. I had to start learning how to walk, like a baby, it was terrible,” he said. He believes though that everything happens for a reason and that the accident was a wake-up call. He later got an invite to do another event in Windhoek and although he was wary of it he attended and performed. “I felt like at that point in my life, music was the only thing that I could hold on to and although I was afraid to perform, I did it regardless. I started to find myself and also get in tune with my spirituality,” he said. He also told Confidente that he was recently diagnosed with a heart condition, which was caused by post-traumatic stress. “I’m just focusing on being alive, because after that, nothing else can stop me, because I do not fear death,” he said. Hilifa recently got signed to Pamoja Records and is planning to release his sophomore album in the first week of November.
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