In October 2015, I made the lengthy trip from the house in Ijebu Ode, Ogun Condition, Nigeria, to Osun, another South Western Condition in the united states. Three-and-a-half to four lengthy hrs in numerous automobiles around the bumpy streets replete with potholes, separated the house and my beloved alma mater, Redeemer’s College.
Sadly, I could not accomplish things i visited for, and there wasn’t any pitying eye from the staff working, and in the end stated and done, I started my lengthy journey home within 24 hours. This is normal, otherwise which i started your way late. As late as around 5:30 p.m. I suppose.
In-between Osun Sate and the house lies the traditional town of Ibadan. When travelling from Osun, you have to undergo Ibadan before you decide to achieve Ogun Condition, just since you need to undergo Ibadan when likely to Osun Condition from Ijebu Ode, Ogun Condition. That’s the way the road network is.
When I arrived at the standard motor park in Ibadan, it had been already quite late into the evening, and also the last vehicle had gone to live in Ijebu Ode, departing me stranded in Ibadan during the night. In the advice of a few of the men in the park, I was in the kerbside to obtain a taxi to move me to a different motor park a long way away, Among the puffs of smoke giving from exhaust of 1000’s of automobiles moving in most directions. Now, very busy road with thugs, beggars, people on the streets, spiritualists, etc, and lots of noise was very unfriendly in my experience (I am the countryside type), and also the terrain was totally unfamiliar.
I handled to obtain a taxi for any fair cost they are driving me lower several miles towards the nearest motor park. We went past police officials, who required a bribe in the driver. The motive force didn’t have choice but to conform, lest they label him by having an offence he understood nothing about. My efforts in trying to explain to the motive force that the innocent man has you don’t need to fear cops working, or outlay cash bribe, fell on deaf ears.
The park being farther than I’d imagined. Anyway, I acquired there over time to satisfy an automobile going to Ijebu Ode. I believe which was the final for that night. I joined it and anxiously waited for this to obtain filled, while choking around the smoke of the ciogarette from some fellow smoking around. I needed to endure up until the vehicle moved, and even if your vehicle moved, some stuff in the vehicle which I’m not sure, caused me eye discomfort till I acquired to Ijebu Ode.
However, the main highlight from the otherwise normal journey were the 2 guys sitting down alongside me. The smaller sized one sitting around the laps from the bigger one, so that they is only going to occupy and buy one seat, and spend less. They couldn’t even repay their complete bus fare, coupled with to achieve an awareness using the bus driver to simply accept the things they compensated–all they’d (so that they stated).
Both boys were searching weary, frustrated, scared, and incredibly starved. So starved the bigger one requested me for many money to purchase dinner on their behalf both. I required pity in it and guaranteed them the moment public transit touched lower, they’ll get food.
I Then got thinking about their story. What were two youthful boys searching for in Ibadan of places, within the dead from the night, with no chaperone watching them over? Even worse, these were still going to Lagos that night, about a different one-and-a-half hrs after Ijebu Ode, when they were fortunate. They explained their pathetic story.
They happened to get results for a “health” organisation that sells drugs and healthy supplements, and it is associated with GNLD. Err. GNLD. That got me interested. What exactly were the doing in Ibadan? They’d taken the lengthy trip completely from Lagos to Ibadan to market a few of the drugs for his or her organisation. They’d remained there for any day, but were not able to market a pin. They’d exhausted all of the funds they’d in it, and they couldn’t result in the return journey to Lagos. They explained with regret their gamble to market the items to be able to understand an income to consume and purchase their very own transport to their office, had unsuccessful.
Ibadan may be the biggest city in West Africa having a teeming population of individuals on its perennially busy streets. How surprised these boys were to not have offered just one drug. I had been surprised too, however i found myself believing their story after asking couple of other questions plus they created consistent solutions that have been consistent and never contradictory.