Sun. Feb 11th, 2024

WOMAN: let’s calculate it then.

ME: **looked at the phone and saw that it was my

uncle**** don’t worry ma, thank you ***opened my

wallet and gave her 1,200naira***

Hello uncle

UNCLE: this boy, what is your problem?, or is it a

crime that I wanted to help you?.

ME: I’m sorry sir, I was just alighting from the bus

sir. I was about to call you when you called in sir.

UnCLE: ok, from where you are, take a bike to fajuyi

road, call me when you get to the street.

ME: ok sir.

I rushed out of the computer centre and stopped a

bike and it took me to the address after negotiating

on the price.

I got to the street and called him. He came to meet

me few minutes after the call and took me inside to

meet the chairman.

UNCLE: hi sir, this is my son I was talking about sir

CHAIRMAN: really?, how are you?

ME: I’m fine sir

CHAIRMAN: please have your seat

ME: thank you sir.

CHAIRMAN: **faced my uncle** Mr badmus, you can

take your leave

UnCLE: ok sir

My heart was beating faster as I sat down on the

seat infront of him. His face looks scary and I was

having this feelings that he would find out that the

credentials with me wasn’t original. Chaiii!!, I don

enter am today.

CHAIRMAN: **turned to me*** hello young man, can

I meet you?

ME: **chaii, interview don start be that?** erm!!, I am

onihaxy, a chemistry graduate of AAUA,

CHAIRMAN: well, I’m chief durojaye, the CEO of

DUROJAYE group of company. So what more can I

know about you?.

ME: ***fear began to catch me***, I am a diligent

young man, productive and industrous ……..bla bla

bla

CHAIRMAN: ok, your dad had been my staff for over

10years and he had been honest, so when I needed a

manager for my supermarket, he recommended you

for the job. So I told him to invite you based on the

trust I have in him.

ME: **bend forward in appreciation*** thank you sir.

CHAIRMAN: hmmmm but unfortunately, my son who

lives abroad called me this morning that he would be

relocating to nigeria this month. So he will be the

one to take the position,

ME: ****felt disappointed and my eyes were red and

soaked****

CHAIRMAN: but because I have already sent for you,

I will fix you as a P.A to the manager and also a

secretary of my pure water company here in Ado

Ekiti. Hope you won’t mind it?

ME: ****smile suddenly re-appeared on my face as I

grinned out loud.**** thank you sir.

CHAIRMAN: you are welcome. You should be

thanking your dad. He is an honest and hardworking

man.

ME: thank you sir.

CHAiRMAN: so, what grade did you passed out with

at school?

ME: 2.1 sir

CHAIRMAN: that’s nice, good boy.

ME: thank you sir.

CHAIRMAN: ***picked his phone and scrolling

through it**** are you here with your CV?

ME: yes sir

CHAIRMAN: **placed the phone on his ear and

rotating his chair to and fro in 180 degrees***

“excuse me”. Hello manager, I will send someone to

you now, he will be the new secretary and also your

P.A. You will give him the bank form and all the

neccesary forms to fill.

Me: ***i was so joyous on the seat I sat on***

CHAiRMAN: so ehhmmmmm

ME: onihaxy

CHAIRMAN: ok onihaxy, I’m travelling to Lagos right

away, infact, I ought to have left since, I only delayed

it because I gave you an appointment.

ME: thank you sir.

CHAIRMAN: so, drop the photocopies of your C.V

and credentials with your dad. I will collect it when I

return.

ME: ok sir.

CHAiRMAN: so concerning the salary, how much do

you want me to be paying you?

ME: ***smiled with shyness and silent****

CHAIRMAN: ok, you want to do voluntary and charity

work I guess, then let me be on my way

ME: **smiled** no sir, ok, 50,000

ChAIRMAN: **laughs*** these youths of nowadays,

you loved money so much. Those days when I started

working, I started with 85kobo in the 60s

ME: sir, money had value then

CHAIRMAN; ***laughed** ok, I will start with

30,000naira monthly for now. As time goes on when I

evaluate your performance, I might increase it.

ME: **i compared 18k to 30k and I felt its still

cool***, ok sir, its ok.

CHAIRMAN: alright. You can go, remember to submit

the copies of your credentials. ****handed over a

complementary card to me**** here is the address of

the water factory. Go there when you leave here so

that you can start the necessary documentation

ME: thank you sir. ****what is now the essence of all

the wahala sef?, he no even ask of the originals***

I left his office and went to my uncle’s department to

give him feedback, my uncle told me to wait for him

and he went to meet the chairman, “to appreciate

him I guess”. They both came out of the office and

my uncle followed him to his car and he drove off.

My uncle returned back to meet me.

ME: thank you so much sir

UnCLE: don’t mention my son. Hope the pure water

job is ok by you?

ME: yes sir, its ok compared to my job and salary in

akure.

UNCLE: no problem. You can move in with me for

now. And when you save enough money, you can get

your own accommodation.

ME: thank you sir.

UnCLE: I know you are a grown up man, you should

be planning to get married soon and no lady will ever

agree to marry a guy squatting with his uncle. So I

understand that you will need privacy and freedom

any moment from now.

ME: **smiled**

UncLE: its true my son. I was once a youth like you.

ME: **smiled***. How about your children sir?

UNCLE: they are all fine. So where are the

photocopies?

ME: I opened my bag and I remembered that I forgot

to make photocopies after the printouts *chaiii,

onihaxy!!!!, this village people never comot from your

back****

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