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A GREEN LIGHT AT THE SLUM, THE IBRAHIMS. Series 26.

I was so glad about my trip to Niger that I decided to pay a visit to the slum to inform them about my trip to their country maybe that will make them happy.

I got to the slum around 7:30pm without me having an idea of what to expect. Getting to the settlement, I realised most of the people weren’t around for one reason or the other but I met a new family that arrived Ibadan few days to the day, The Ibrahim.

It didn’t take me much time to notice the amazing personality of this family. The father offered me their local tea, I took a sip and returned the cup back to him, they all laughed while he drank the remaining and passed the same cup to his wife and children.

I felt a kindred spirit with the family so I told them about my plan to visit their home country in few days. He told me things I needed to know before setting out. The current weather condition and the fact that I should try and go with at least forty thousand naira, so I won’t be stranded over there. I told him I have twelve thousand naira and I will be leaving in few days. They all laughed and wished me God’s favour.

After our discussion, he played their local musical video for me on his phone to trigger my interest about their country. And right there, I couldn’t wait, I felt like leaving for the country immediately. I was more than happy so I promised to come back to check on them when I return.

The following day, I got a call from Mrs Bangura (one of my Instructors) coming to see me from Lagos. I was glad because we ought to go together considering the fact that it was my first time of leaving the country and then by road. She told me how better it would have been if I could wait till the end of the month for by that time, her family will be able to sponsor the trip but I insisted because of my faculty calendar as examination will start by month end so I reasoned that the best time to go was few days before the Easter break and return on Tuesday after Easter Monday.

Seeing my reason and my determination at the slum, she gave me eight thousand naira to add up to the twelve thousand naira on me making it twenty thousand naira. She brought out a map and we studied it to see the best border to enter through as she had not visited the country herself. We concluded on entering through Sokoto/Illela border. She prayed with me and wished me God’s favour.

IN RETROSPECT:

I realised that,

  • Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.
  • Most people fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. Extraordinary people are determined and persevere that is what makes them extraordinary.

Let’s meet here again on Friday, the journey is becoming interesting you sure don’t want to miss the next series.

Your Friend,

Ma Funmi

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