Why on Earth will William do this to me? Today of all days, this time of all times, this road of all roads…

‘Hello William. Baba you no try, you no try! Dis ting you do me, I no fit do you baba!’. ‘Ifiok abeg no vex, you’re my man na, no vex. Just go easy, you go come reach’. I sighed as I hung up.

I might get home today by 10pm just because I couldn’t say no. Today is my off day and my friend William needed to pick up a parcel that was mistakenly sent to Nyanya Motor Park. He begged me to help him pick it and here I am one hour later still stuck in Nyanya traffic.

I’ve heard so much about Nyanya traffic but I never believed such traffic exists in Abuja. Another reason I accepted was because since Nyanya Motor Park re-opened after the Boko Haram bombing in 2014 that claimed about 88 lives, I haven’t been there. Now, my good deed is costing me time and fuel including sleep.

Half an hour after driving bumper to bumper, I sighted a beautiful lady from a distance. She was having a hard time getting a taxi. ‘Hello, where are you going? Come in’. ‘Thank you sir, thank you. I have been standing there for 15 minutes and can’t find a vehicle to Wuse 2’. ‘Eya, sorry’. ‘No sir, I thank you again’.

Wow! What a beauty! This lady is beautiful! I bet this one eats only Indomie and egg. It definitely can’t be Akpu. ‘So, what’s your name? Mine is Ifiok’. ‘Mine is Victory’. ‘That’s a nice name. So, what do you do Victory?’. ‘I’m into business. I sell jewelries and cosmetics so I went to Nyanya market to buy some things’. ‘That’s good, very good’…

I’m lying on my bed unable to sleep only wondering why women are very wicked! 11pm and I still can’t sleep and I need to be at work in the morning. I mean how can I sleep? Tell me how!!!

Victory indeed was victorious. I bet this is what she does to men. After taking her to Wuse 2 when my route was Apo, giving her N20,000 to support her business, she said: ‘Ifiok, I’m engaged’, and alighted from my car just like that! Sitting in my car all the way from Nyanya and collecting my money, she didn’t know she was engaged abi! God will judge her. He will judge. In fact, that money will not amount to anything!

  • Wuse 2, Nyanya and Apo are places in Abuja
  • Akpu is a local food made with cassava.

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Have you ever seen lightning in a rainbow? Me neither, but I’ve often imagined it. A white flash in the midst of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. That would certainly be a sight. Then again, I cast my mind to ‘Opal’, the birthstone of October.

It was believed centuries ago that Opal brought light energy to the body; soothing, clearing and boosting the will to live. When I think of it, I think rejuvenation, illumination and hope.

Light up October however you choose to. Let the days sparkle and the weeks glow. Let light pierce through darkness leaving a gaping hole, large enough to accommodate others.

Believe in the seemingly impossible and walk on thin sheet of water…then again, you are not Jesus, you are you and in you, cast fear aside.

Don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket. Light it up and let the world see you.


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