Thursday, 15 March 2018

A Journey to Delta State: Lesson 1 (Punctuality Pays)

Wow! I was so happy when it dawned on me that I'd be traveling out of the south western state of Nigeria. I was born in Akure, migrated to Lagos and spent every bit of my life in Lagos except for when I traveled out for youth service in Kwara State and those few hours journey to Oyo and Ekiti state.
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Although I had visited the northern part of Nigeria during my youth service, thanks to NCCF but I haven't been to the southeastern and south-south region of Nigeria.
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It was a journey to celebrate with a dear friend for his wedding ceremony, don't think otherwise, he's a brother. I was thinking of joining his family but I ended up going with another friend.
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And let me do 'tatafo' for you, today is his 180 days anniversary as a married man.  
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We agreed to get to the park by 7am. At past five, he was already calling me, but then I was having it quiet with God. After doing all necessary things, I left home by fifteen minutes past six because we agreed to get a bus to Delta state at Mile Two, G. Agofure park.
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My thought was that in less than an hour, I'll get to Mile Two from Bariga, I didn't know it was a long distance. Dashing out of my house with speed, I got a small bus to Oyingbo. On getting there, I asked for where to get a bus to Mile Two. If you know Lagos people very well and they tell you, "It's not far", just be ready to trek half a mile in some cases.
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The first person told me you'll see their bus at the front of a white building which was a bank, about 50m. Afterwards, I asked another person who directed me further. I asked up to half a dozen of people before I could locate the place very close to Nigerian Railway Coporation's building. While finding direction like a lost explorer, my friend was getting me nervous with several missed calls.
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Looking at the time, it was 0656Hrs. He told me to fly a motorcycle to the place. Still thought it wasn't far. I took a bike from Oyingbo to Costain. When I decided to take a bus to Mile Two at Costain, the Danfo driver told me it's not far, "Take N50 bus to Orile and another N50 one to Mile Two".
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"Chai, what will I do?" Also getting worried, I stopped a motorist and asked how much it'd cost me. "N600, Sebi they say it's not far?" I thought within myself.
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The lesson I learnt from this experience is that punctuality pays a lot in life. And this scripture just came to mind, "The Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace and glory, no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly" - Psalms 84:11
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To walk uprightly according to several translations, it means, "To live right (CEV)", "Do what is right (GNT)", or to "Walk blameless (NIV)".
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Walking blameless could also mean being punctual to places you're to go. If you haven't being to a place, it's wrong to assume that it's not far, like I did.
If you're going for an appointment, it's wise to prepare all the necessary things you need a day before the D-day and dash out very early. Let's I forgot, I missed the park, instead of heading forward towards the bridge in front of the Signal Army Barack, I was heading to a different park.
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You need to see how sweaty my skin was. Punctuality to the house of God, your place of work and other informal gathering matters. Let's eradicate the African Time mentality we were bred with.
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If you're punctual, you won't be late, ruffled, unkempt and you'd be well organized.
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Remember, punctuality is the soul of business and likewise the sign of a disciplined and serious person.
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.

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