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Striving For Knowledge-Episode Two: Created By Sandy

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Striving For Knowledge-Episode Two: Created By Sandy

                                               FEMI SOUGHT FOR KNOWLEDGE
There was a map of Nigeria on the wall, a bell on the table andshelves covered withmanytextbooks.Femiwas seated in the principal office discussing with him.
     “Sir at your age, I can only advise you to begin from S.S.1 so that you can meet up with some necessary requirements before enrolling for WAEC or NECO Examination,” advised the principal.
“Oksir,”Femi agreed.
    “If you agree on that, then you can fill this form and read our rules and regulations guiding this great school.”Saidtheprincipal, as he peeped out of his glasses.
     “Ok sir, heaffirmed.”
     “You are welcome to prestige international group of schools, andcongratulationsir.” He congratulated Femi.
“Thank you very muchsir.” Femi responded.
The principal led the way and showed him the classroom.
They both entered the classroom; the students started whispering at each other. They were happy, thinking that Femi was a new teacher.
 “Silence” The principal commanded. The class immediately became calm.
“This man you see here is now one of you now; he is your comrade, your friend and your classmate. If you disrespect him then you are directly disrespecting me. If you insult him, then you are insulting me. Hope that is thatclear?” he cautioned.
“Yessir!”Theyechoed.
He went outside with Femi and he advised him.
    “I know you are older and richer than all the students and teachers in the school but try to be humble so you can get the knowledge you want. Even when you know something, just pretend you do not know it so you can acquire more knowledge from others. The first step to acquire knowledge is to know that you know nothing. Second step is experiment and make research on your own after school. Even when you know something, pretend you do not know it in order to steal more knowledge and ideas from your mates. Knowledgecan be foundin books, but internet contains vast amount of usefulknowledge. Therefore, make sure you buy books and use the internet very well. Study hard my friend.” The principal concluded with a smile.
  “Thank you very much sir. I promise to do my best.”               “That is good; please see me in my office tomorrow for your school uniform.” He said.
    “Ok sir,” he replied.
 They both parted ways. The whole class began to laugh as Femi entered the classroom. Without minding them, he looked out for a seat and sat down. The English teacher came inside the class and they all stood up and greeted him. He then began his lesson after scolding the class for not sweeping their dirty classroom. After the lesson, the class teacher was about to punish those students who failed to bring their money for the proposed purchase of a dustbin, a football and watercan; but thank goodness, for Femi who offered to pay for all of them. This act of kindness made the students to like him and seek to be his friend.
Afterthe closing hour, he was on his way to the shop. He hurried so that he could break the news to his fiancée but he meet one of his new class mates on the way. She was an elegant beauty with shining white teeth. She was tall and fair in complexion with a little scar on her chin.
“Good afternoon sir,”shegreeted.
    “Goodafternoon, how are you?” He responded.
    “I’m fine sir. My name is Adama, I want to thank you for helping me and others to pay our debts,” she said.
    “You are welcome. Please if you need any assistance from me don’t hesitate to let me know.” He promised.
   “That is kind of you!Can I come to your shop today to help you copy your notes and explain some lessons that you have missed to you?” She asked.
   “Yes please do come, it would be nice.” He agreed.
 They both parted ways as he entered his shop. He was surprised not to see his fiancée inside the shop. She was nowhere to be found and no trace of her personal belongings. He asked other traders around his shop but no one claimed to have seen her. He checked his drawer, but all his money wasgone. He became frustrated and he wasconfused. He closed the shop and went to Rita`s house. On getting there, her father claimed to be unaware about her whereabouts. No one had a clue where she went.
   “No! No! He exclaimed. My hard earn money! All my money that we were supposed to use for our marriageand business is with her! Olorun oh!She has absconded with all my money.” He lamented while others tried to sympathize with him. Hetried to pull through and then hewenthome. He was about to eat his dinner when he heard a knock at the door. He went to see who was at the door, behold it was Rita.
    “Where have you been young lady? Ihave been searching all over for you.” He asked angrily with a grin on his face.
RitaLbegan to weep.
   “I was”…..She mumbled and cried more.
    “What happened? Did anybody dare molest you? Tell me now; my ears are itching to hear.” He yelled.
Then she wiped away her tears and spoke out. I was deceived.
     “Deceived by whom?”
     “Our money is all gone.” She cried even more.
  “Oh please! I do not understand what you mean by our money is all gone. Do you mean all the money I have been saving with you to finance our marriage and my education has turned into air?” he yelled.
    “They deceived me.Thoseswindlers. They have vanished with all the money.” She sobbed.
    “I do not understand all these you are saying. I was actually looking all over for you to give me some money that I might need to pay my school fees and pay for the school uniform.” He said anxiously.
    “Have you been given admission into school? Rita asked hastily.
   “Yes I have, he replied hastily.
    “Femi, I know I have failed you. I wanted us to make more money. I wanted us to live in wealth and opulence when we get married. So I…she mumbled and picked up courage to speak. So I wanted to grab an opportunity offered to me by some treacherous men who approached me this morning.”
    “Great!Did they order for bags of cement? He asked smiling.
       “No, they came to the shop carrying a briefcase that contained some black papers and a bottle of dark−blue liquid. They claimed that the black papers and bottle of dark-blue liquid could only be bought from India.
       “India?” Femi confirmed.
        “Yes from India,” she answered calmly.
“Very strange,” responded Femi.
         She heaved a sign of relieve and then she continue her story
“The two men performed a demonstration for me’’
“Whatdemonstration?” Did they dance for you?
       “No,” she replied irritated by the question.
Nevertheless, she continued without minding his behavior.
They asked me to get a bowl of water. I brought it to them. They administered some drops of the dark−blue liquid inside the bottle.
    (He interrupted) Are they magicians? Femi asked teasingly.
   “No, they are swindlers, listen to me please
   “Okay ma! Continue your story, he said.
She swallowed−hard and then she continues the story.
“The chemical was poured into the water. Theyputonahand glove and stirred the water. He dipped some of the black papersinto the water. One of them brought the paper out of the water.
Can you guesswhathappened?” She queried.
   “The paper became a live toad.” Heresponded maliciously because he was getting tired of her story.
   “Comeon!This is a serious matter.It became dollars. US dollars notes!” She emphasized.
     “Come on!Stop this crazy joke. How did you know it was dollars, have you ever seen dollars before in your life?” He asked with mouth wide open.
       “Seems you have forgotten that my father usually brings dollar bills home? I even saw the face of first United States of America president on it.
        “Oh!You mean George Bushes?” He asked hilariously.
         “No George Washington silly boy!” She interjected.
        “Ah! At least I tried; you went to school more than me.”
RitaLbecame angry. “This is exactly what you know I hate. You do not take issues seriously. I am narrating this story to you; I want you to learn from it. I may be educated but I was still brainwashed by those people. “She bemoaned.
   “Okay don’t be offended please.”
Rita hissed and then continued the story.“I scrutinized the (one hundred USD) $100USD; it was very new and neat. They told me that they be would need more chemicals to wash the remaining black papers. They told me that with more chemicals, they would be able to wash between (One hundred thousand USD) $100,000USD to(One hundred and fifty) $150,000USD. However, they lack the money to order more chemicals, which is why they had come to meet me−that they can only trust a woman for the business. They said that the recipes or steps used in preparing the chemical are called secret knowledge.” She narrated.
‘’Secret knowledge?”Femi confirmed.
‘’Yes!” She nodded slowly.
      “According to them, they are the only ones who possessed the hidden knowledge on how to mix the materials together in orderto result to that dark−blue liquid chemical. “ She responded frantically.
   The candle in the room was now beginning to fade away. They both watched as the light went off and it resulted to total darkness.
    “Do you have any spare candles?”Rita enquired.
“No, I forgot to buy any because I was worried about your whereabouts.
  “You shouldn’t always worry about me; she sniffed while looking at his face in the darkness.
“Whywon`tI? In this present state of this country, where there areterrorism,kidnapping,group conflict and militancy.
“Hmm! You are learning very fast. Hope you are still reading those books that I gavetoyou?” She asked with eyes wide opened.
“Certainly, I always read them. Can I ask you one question please?” He asked politely.
     “Yes.” She affirmed.
     “What is NGOs? I have been seeing it in one of those books but do not know what it meant.”Femi enquired.
She smiledJ glamorously.
   “It is an acronym that stands for Non−Governmental Organizations. “She said.
“Oh really?”
     “Beyond a doubtdear,” she said.
    “Thanks, so what happened next?” Femi asked holding Rita hands.
She continued the story.
    “They told me that we are going to share the money among ourselves. They promised to give me fifty percent and they will have same fifty percent. So I agreed and gave them the (300,000) three hundred thousand naira.”
Femi pulled out his hand from hers and shouted.
Oluwa Oh! Are you out of your mind young woman? Why would you do that without waiting to seek for my opinion?I li Adehun(I’m disappointed)miowo……kai…kai..kai(my money)”he said as he bites his finger.
Rita tapped him on his shoulder and said:
    “Do not worry, just calm down! I wonder why most Yoruba men do not like taking big risk in business. I am a typical Igbo woman that is why I was able to help you build up this your cement retail business from the scratch to the top. Will the shouting solve the problem? Look at the way you are shouting mi owokaikaikai as if the whole world has ended.” She got up and imitated him.
     “So what do we do now?” He asked scratching his head and looking confused.
    “Now you are talking like a real man. We are going to wait for them at your shop tomorrow. Maybe they have not returned from India because of some issues. Did you think I studied accountancy for nothing?” She asked rhetorically.
   “Just watch me do my job,” she said boastfully.
   “Then why are you crying if you knew that you had the situation under your control?”
      “I was just crying for what I will do to them if they refuse to meet up to the bargain. I pity the way they will die,” she said boastfully.
    “Ah! Chisom don’t do anything rash oh,” he cautioned.
“You are a funny man!JShesmiled. Anytime you call me by my tribal name, I always remembered my late mother.
         “And anytime you call me funny man (he cuts in).I always remember my wicked step mother in the village,” he said jokily.
     “Whatever, goodnight I want to go back home now, my father would be worried about me now.”
    “Okay. Goodnight my princess.”
She got up as Femi saw her off to the road. Femi came back home and lied down on his bed in the dark room. He was finding it difficult to sleep as a lot of frightening thoughts came to his mind. “What if she has lost or spent the money and she is now trying to bring up a cock and bull story to cover it up,” he thought. “I doubt it, because I trust her but people can change,” he thought and slept off.

“An excellent decision is based on knowledge and experience and not on greed.”
           

 

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