Striving For Knowledge-Episode Three: Created By Sandy
THE GREED AND IGNORANCE OF TWO MINDS
It was another bright early morning. Mosttraders had already opened up their shops for that day business. Femi and his fiancée had resumed to the shop late that morning. This wasbecause Femi was waiting for Rita to dress upand make-up when he went to her place. As they began to clean the desk and chairs in theshop, they suddenly saw two men approaching. One of them was carrying a Ghana-must-go bag. Both of the men were neatly dressed on suites.
‘’Sweetheart, please come over here! Those are the men, I was telling you about. ’She whispers into Femi hears.
“Oh I see!”
The two men approached them and greeted. Femi and Rita reciprocated the greeting in an impolite manner.
“Where`s my money? ’She asked without averseness.
“Please calm down young woman. Your money is here with us. We have bought the raw materials, which we have used in making the chemical. We have also successfully washed the money.” Said the first man
“Madam nor vex abeg! The second man said, while hewasgasping, obviously still trying to catch his breath.
”Okay if you say so, how much money do you havethere?” She asked.
“That bag contains the sum of $150,000 USD (One hundred and fifty thousand),’’he announced confidently.
“What!” Shemused. (as she was lost in thought)
Are you still here Chisom?Femi asked butShe didn’t reply.
“Hmm!You have become mute since you heard money. Ido not believe these men until I look at thatbag,” Femi said.
“Okay give them the bag let them have a look at It.” The first man said with a deep voice.
They both raced to the bag, as if they were racing to grab a pack of diamonds. They quickly unzipped the bag and saw the gleaming dollar bills. They both looked at each other and then immediately Femi fainted.
“Now you`ve seen money and you have collapsed.” Rita mocked him. She looked around and took a pack of water. She opened it and emptied it on his face to revive him. He jumped up fully alert.
“Where is the money?”
“Do you want to die? Rita asked.
“Never, I cannot die, “he bragged.
“I told you that I’m the great accountant, now you have seen my handiwork and you`re already fainting.”
‘’Yes, ’he shouted.
“Ti a bawaọlọrọ(we are rich)we are rich. That is why I must marry you because of the uncommon knowledge that you possess. “He bragged.
Rita was flabbergasted due to his recent statement.
“So you only desire to marry me because of that?” She asked with a feeling of disappointment.
“Oh! Gosh!Not only because of that and because of the love we shared.” He tried to defend his comment.
“That is a lie; you think you are smarter than me.Just keep all the money and stay away from me.”She became angryL.Femi tried to explain his statement to her but she pushed him away.
The first man cleared his throat
“Ahem!It is time to go nowlovebirds,” heannounced.
“Hey wait please! Please I need you to give me the secret knowledge on how to mix the chemicals before you go. I want to be producing my own money at my convenient time. “SaidRita
“Ah!Look at this Igbo woman. Do you want to start selling the chemicals at Alaba International Market? Do you want EFCC to arrestyou?” He queriedjokily.
“I doubt they will because they are too busy tracking our corrupt politicians. Theywill have no time for me now.” She boasted.
“Have you forgotten that they are like eagles and they have sharp sight like an eagle?”He queried teasingly.
“And who told you that? “ She inquired.
“I saw their logo on one of those books you gave to me.Isaw an eagle and the Nigeria coat of arm.”
The first man was now losing his patience.
“Hey, Are you people still serious about the secret knowledge or not? Please stop wasting our time because we have a plane to cash.” He begged.
“Yes sir we are serious,” answered both of them at the same time.
“Then I will write it on a notebook but remember do not tell anybody the secret knowledge.”The first man cautioned.
“Yes sir we won’t,” they both answered.
“If una want the am, the cost na just 300,000 naira (three hundred thousand) only.” The second man interrupted.
“Ah! Abeg the money is too much; wedo not have money again oh! PleaseOga, help us,” Femi pleaded.
“With the money weydey inside that bag una fit buy big houses and buy fleet of cars. Wetin make una still need the secret knowledgesef?” He asked with a deep voice.
“Yes we know but we need that secret knowledge,” pleadedFemi.
“Okay let us give you from the money that you brought for us.” She brought out some of the dollar bills.
“Myfriend, keep that money there!” Femi commanded.
“I am sorry we do not need that currency. We need our payment in naira not in dollars, considering the fact that we need it to buy our one−way tickets.” The first man lied and declined the offer.
“Okay I understand now. I have some money with me here but not up to 300,000(three hundred thousand) naira.”She negotiatedand brought out the money.
“I have only 200,000(two hundred thousand) nairahere.”She confirmed.
“Ah!Where did you get that kind of money? Moreover, you always complained day by day, that you do not have any money. Now I know that you are an untrustworthy woman.’’ Femi lamented.
“Do not worry, I will no more ask you for money to buy my daily needs. “She bragged.
“I will be smiling to the bank immediately I posses the secret knowledge. She closed her eyes and heaved a sigh of relief and then she continue to flatter herself. ‘’ Rita will control money. I will be a sophisticated woman. My only challenge will be how to spend the money and not how to make it. I will be richer than your tribal brothers, FemiOteodola and Mike Adenuga.’’ She said as sheflaunted around the shop.
She gave the cash to the first man; he counted it and gave it to the second man. The first man brought out a scrambled paper thatsome elements and their symbols were written on it. Some of them were silica,ammonia,and mercury solution.
“You see this list? “He asked plainly.
‘’Yes…… yessir, “she acknowledged.
‘’Take it; these are the raw materials that you will mix to result to that dark−blue chemical. I will write you the secret knowledge now.” He said and gave the scrambled paper to Rita and took out another paper. He wrote some details on the new paper. MeanwhileFemi had already started to drag the bag into the inner room at the back of his shop to avoid his customers from noticing it.
“Where are you taking our money to?”
“I thought you said that you are no more interested in the money. Women with their troubles,” he mocked.
“You can have the note; these are the steps to make it work. Make sure you handle these chemicals with care.” The first man warned her.
“So how do I get them?” she asked without hesitation.
“Just call us on our phone number; we go help you buy amchikenah!”The second man said.
“Okay thank you very much.”
They bided goodbye to Femi and he reciprocated.
“Odaro ooh!(Goodbye) mybrothers.Olorunbukun fun o (God bless you)’’
Rita feasted her eyes on Femi and then she began to laugh.
“Those men don’t look like your brothers in any way.”
She said jokily.
“Eh!” Exclaimed Femi
“They are not Yoruba men but typicalIgbo men. Check out their complexion and accent.WeIgbos people are very smart. Moreover, to top it all, you look ridiculous carrying that big bag. “She giggled.
“Ah!You people are always claiming to be smart, that is why you want the country to be divided. Iread from that book you gave to me that Igbos were originally descendants of the Israelites. How true is that? “He inquired.
“Good grief! Maybe they are the descendant of Odudowa.” She mocked and kept on laughing.
“Let`s go count our money to make sure it’s complete and intact. I trust no one not even the so−called ATM machines.“She said.
“I once heard of arumor that the ATMs at Onitsha international market usually deduct their own commission during withdrawer. How true is that? “He inquired.
“That is the biggest lie of this century. “Said Rita
“Well!What can I say? TheIgbo are smart enough to do that.”He mocked.
“Please stop this ideology about Igbo, Yoruba or the Hausa.We are all one Nigeria. “She charged.
“Really good to hear that was coming from you. I wish you could pass that message to your brothers who wanted the country to be divided. WeYorubas are peace loving people…”
“Whatever”! She said.
They both entered the room where Femi had hid the money. Femi sat down on a wooden chair as he watched Rita doing the unloading of the bag.
“Why just sit there? Come help me count the money.” She commanded.
“I do not want to interfere because I don’t even know how to count in dollar currency. Let the great accountant do her job.” He answered jokily.
“Never mind,” remarked Rita.
She began to bring all the money out with great euphoria. A smile started on one side of her face and it quickly spread to whole of her face as if she had won a jackpot. She never knew that the smile on her face won`t last long as it soon turned into bitterness. She had almost emptied the bag into half when suddenly she shouted.
“What! Ohno!What… (She muttered) what are all these nonsense thatI’m seeing here?”
Femi was still sitting down comfortably practicing how he would spend his money in a luxurious way.
“Haba! What rubbish again? Is there a rat inside the bag? If there is one, then you kill it.”
“Papers!”She exploded emotionally.
“What do you mean papers?”
She poured out everything on the floor to fulfill the adage that says ‘seeing is believing.’
Femi jumped up from the chair and walked like a praying mantis)
”OluwaOh!Oh no! Oh! (His mouth was wide opened) So those men think they are wise, no problem.” He boasted hitting his hands on the desk.
“Can you imagine this? They tricked uscried Rita.
“Bravo! Those Igbo brothers of yours have successfully tricked us. But don’t worry bring those few dollar bills that they stupidly used as book coversto conceal the papers .I will lock the shop and look for those Forex men to exchange it to naira for us.” he said ina panicky tone.
“Okay” (she was puzzled)
“Don’tworry;at least we still have something to hold on to. With this money we can still get a nice mansion and settle down.” He reassured.
“Phew! Yes maybe,” she affirmed and heaved a sigh of relieved
“Greed and Ignorance isan antagonist of knowledge.”