I have to sincerely plead with my wife, family, friends and relatives who never heard of this story before now. Today is really symbolic to my life, Joyce’s and the beautiful young girl’s, who clocks 8 today – by my calculation:
Cross-section of the runners-up of the competition
Tears started rolling down my cheeks as I checked through the pictures that kept entering my phone via WhatsApp, sent by one of the attendants (Mr. Rasheed Olanrewaju GAJI) of the I-SPELLING BEE & WORDS SEARCH COMPETITION of the organization I founded in 2014 –Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & Health (ISERH). An American lady sitting beside me in the ferry I boarded from St. George Ferry to Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan looked at me, unknown to her what made tears rolled down my cheeks, and said ‘be a MAN’. I looked at her with eyes filled with tears and said joyfully: ‘Thanks. I am indeed a MAN’. There was no time to let her know that a reminiscence of aMURDERED DREAM that has just been RESURRECTED today Thursday, 9 March 2017, in my absence, by ever vibrant and incomparable Team of my organization brought these tears of joy.
‘Is Valentine’s Day for teenagers to make LOVE?’ or ‘Must a day be singled out to celebrate LOVE?’ – these are the questions asked every year this event comes up, by the majority of those who see atrocities being committed by Valentine’s Day’s Celebrants. Majority of people spend so lavishly on buying gifts for their girl/boyfriend, while vast majority of married Men sneaked out to shower their sugar girls with GIFTS their WIFE has never received from them. The situation has now degenerated to the extent that married women are seen doing the same for their service boys while primary schools’ pupils are not left out in the act.
People would rather listen to music than taking few minutes to read a piece like this in my country. In the same sense, though travelling is generally seen as a part of experience, where I come from, travelling abroad is a sign of achievement and breakthrough.
The moment one travels out of Nigeria, most people send congratulatory messages; although only few genuinely care about reasons behind his/her travel. People start sending best wishes laced with a reminder to bring back some gifts. Most times, the parents of such a person are elevated in the society while the wife and child(ren), if married, or his suitor is treated like royalty. The relative standard of living is expected to change within few months of exiting the country, or else, he is labeled a complete failure!