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THIS IS A RANT- THE LASTMA TALE

Posted: February 25, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in LIFE LESSONS, NIGERIA, RANDOM THOUGHTS
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PS: THIS IS A RANT!!!
I don’t think I’ve been this pissed in a very long while. I mean nothing on earth pisses me off more than dishonest, selfish, self-centered (and many other adjectives my brain can’t express presently) people. One thing I have always been very careful about is falling on the wrong side of the law; why? Most, if not all security, traffic control, vehicle inspection officers in this country are nothing to write home about!
Today (25-02-2015) started off pretty well, I was still giddy over FCBarcelona’s win yesterday and it also happens to be a special someone’s birthday. I left home to the Island to run an errand for my Mum even though I was supposed to be in school. After my errand, I decided to see Esther since I was just a stone throw from her office (make that two stone throws). Seeing as I wasn’t very used to driving on the Island I was very cautious of every turn and bend I took, but unfortunately, I missed a turn. I went forward anyway because I was sure there was another exit although I wasn’t sure of how I was to get there. I got to a bus stop and decided to ask a bus conductor I saw, just as he was about giving me directions, I saw a LASTMA officer just in front. I thought to myself “Thank God o! At least I won’t get missing”.  I moved forward a bit and beckoned on him to come. He approached me, I greeted him and told him where I was trying to get to. He then said “Ah, madam you might get confused o, let me just follow you”. 
I was very surprised he agreed to follow me, I kept thinking “So there are still good LASTMA officers like this, perhaps I have always been too quick to draw my conclusions about them”. He then said it was obvious I didn’t know the island too well. I told him I hardly had any business there, that it was mainly my mother’s office in Ikoyi that usually brought me down there. He asked if I was in the military or paramilitary because of the cap I had on the dashboard. I told him it was my mums’ and we continued our journey. When we finally got somewhere I was familiar with I asked him if he was going to the mainland too seeing as we had gone quite a distance from where i met him. He said he wasn’t, and that we were approaching the exact place I picked him. I thought to myself “This guy has been really helpful, I should just squeeze out #500 from my empty wallet for his effort”. I decided I would give him #500 when we reached his stop. When we got forward I realized we were just across the road from where I met him. “Ha ok! You don’t even need to enter a bus back” I said. He said “No o, I’ll just cross and climb down that bridge”.
He got out, and then I wound down the car window and started my thank you speech (at that point I was much more than grateful). I gave him the #500 from my almost empty wallet, and he said “No o Madam ah no”. “Oh wow” was my next thought, he didn’t even want money. I began to tell him how much I appreciated what he had done, how he had basically saved my life and how he should just take it as a token. Then the bomb dropped “Madam abeg add something join e too small” was the next thing he said. WHAT???? Now that I’m revisiting the incident, perhaps that would have been a good time to zoom off. I opened my bag and found a #200 note lying there; I brought it out and gave it to him. He didn’t take it; instead he got back into the car. He started this speech of how he’ll ordinarily collect #5000 and that what he has just done for me, no other officer would do it. At this point I was just cursing myself inside for missing that turn. The he said “Madam see ehn, ordinarily if it was another officer he would have directed you to pass one way, so that they will book you and you’ll pay #25,000. I’m just doing it for you because you looked responsible”. WOW!! So asking for directions is now a crime? So once I don’t know my way I have to pay the nearest LASTMA guy #5,000 for directions? I was quite dumbfounded. I dug out another #500 note from my bag and gave him #1,000 (at that point all I wanted was for him to get the hell out of my car, before I pulled out a sharp object). He still refused the money and said “Madam see now, my oga is already calling me, if I don’t go back with something for all of them he will not find it funny. Just make it #3,000; I have more than #1,000 in my pocket. This #1,000 will not go anywhere o. Na help I just say make I help you o”.
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I tried explaining to him how I didn’t have any more money while begging him to accept my own hard-earned money that he hadn’t worked for. I kept wondering how I had gone from the girl who was about to give out #500 out of the goodness of her heart, to the girl who was begging the same person to accept #1000. Since he still refused, I decided to add the #200, he still refused and asked me to add the #100 he saw dangling out of my bag. I finally gave him #1,300 before he got himself out of the car. While he was walking away, I thought to myself, if you don’t leave this guy with a piece of your mind, you’ll regret it. I horned and beckoned on him to come. First, I made sure the car was locked then I wound down and said “I hope you know you won’t use that money for anything tangible”. While he tried to process, I zoomed off.
I basically drove in beast mode all through the rest of the journey, pouring my anger on every road user that crossed my path. I decided to stop at the supermarket to shop for a few things hoping that would ease off the anger. Well…. It did, until I saw another LASTMA officer on my way (P.S: I almost ran him over). Right now my keyboard is paying the price.
TO BE CONTINUED….
AND!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FRIEND, TURNED SISTER AND HUSBAND, IFUEKO ‘CORRINA’ AIDEYAN, I WISH YOU THE BEST OF EVERYTHING BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT. AND I PRAY GOD CONTINUES TO REWARD YOUR KIND HEART AND SOUL. AND NO I DON’T LOVE YOU!
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UNTIL NEXT TIME….. XOXO
DON’T FORGET TO DROP YOUR THOUGHTS…. LETS HEAR YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
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BE KIND….

Posted: February 19, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in LIFE LESSONS, RANDOM FACTS, RANDOM THOUGHTS
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Hello beautiful people, so this post is supposed to serve as a reminder to something we already know, but often forget. You know how it has been said overtime that it is imperative to treat everyone we meet well because we never know what they are passing through; It still hasn’t changed. That girl who smiles at you every day and always has the heaviest of makeup on is going through something unimaginable. But she tries everything in her power to not look like what she’s going through because if she did…….

I was chatting with a friend, and she kept lamenting about some challenges she was currently facing. I told her I would take everything she was going through over what I was passing through. “What could you possibly be passing through; you have everything all of us are struggling for. You are not job hunting, you have started your masters and your parents are even there to support you.” She said. I laughed, and told her just one of my burdens and she was speechless. She called me up immediately and gave a few words of encouragement. Then she said “You are always normal and funny there’s no way I could have imagined”. I told her, I had already put every single one of my burdens in God’s hands and worrying would only be a waste of time and besides looking like what I’m passing through won’t change the situation one bit.

Every single person you meet is carrying one burden or the other, some lighter than others, but most times we overlook this fact and draw our conclusions about them based on what we see. Never assume a person has it all going well by what you see, trust me you’d be shocked to know what that girl who smiles 24/7 has on her plate. Finally, we don’t have to see/know what people are going through to treat them right. So, “be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden/ fighting a hard battle” – Plato/ Philo / Ian Maclaren.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…. BE KIND TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU MEET…

Also, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway, I know everyone has gotten their airtime except Mr/Miss/Mrs Anonymous. Kindly respond to the email sent to you. Thanks.

OUR MINI GIVEAWAY

Posted: February 14, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in HOLIDAYS, RANDOM THOUGHTS
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Happy Valentine’s Day

YESSS!!! Happy valentine’s lovelies, how are you all spending the day? Its been all chores since I got up, then my dad got us things to celebrate :D. Like i said yesterday we’ll be giving out a token today; but there’s a little catch. I’ll be asking two very simple questions and the first five people with correct answers get airtime; Here goes….

1) What Television Show was referenced in a recent post

2) Brother’s and sister’s i have none but this man’s father is my father’s son, Who is the man?

First correct answer- N1000 airtime, Second correct answer- N750 airtime, Third Fourth and Fifth correct answers- N500 airtime each.

Drop your answers in the comment section below…..

Now to that special someone I talked about recognizing today, Gabriel Ataman or Gabosky as he likes to call himself has dropped the highest number of comments on the blog so far and this is just to say i really really appreciate having you here. He gets a thousand naira worth of airtime and a box of 12 cupcakes (to be delivered whenever we are in the same town 😀 ). 

Have fun today lovelies and show some love to someone who really needs love….. XOXO

THE TOASTING (WOOING) MANIFESTO

Posted: February 13, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in POLITICS, RANDOM FACTS, RANDOM THOUGHTS, RELATIONSHIPS
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Hello Hello Hello lovelies, TGIF!!!!!! Mehn after the week I had, I have all the right in the world to scream TGIF as much as I want. This week was damn too hectic!!!! I think I even lost a few pounds despite all the junk I consumed. Happy Valentine’s Day in advance people. It is the season of love indeed, and for us Nigerians, the season of love, elections, manifestos, promises, slandering and so on. Just when I was rejoicing that my radio, television, social media and papers will finally be free of campaign adverts boom! INEC decided to move the elections and let people have valentines. Oh well, plans still haven’t changed, elections or no elections, valentines or no valentines I shall sleep, eat and watch movies come 14th February.

Speaking of election manifestos and promises, I never knew it affected toasting (wooing) patterns o. Lemme gist you guys….

Yesterday while I was going about my registration in school, cursing the scorching sun as I walked to the bank, someone tapped me from behind. At first I felt it was someone passing through the whole registration wahala like I was, he said “Please excuse me my name is Dr. XXXX I’ve been trying to get your attention from behind” I waited for him to ask a question or say something else. Well, he didn’t, so I continued my journey without a word (the sun was scorching mehnnn), he followed behind and said he was also headed to the bank, I still didn’t answer. We got to the bank and the security guard asked if we were together, I said no and walked in, and then I heard him reply “we are partially together”. Lmaoooooo what??? “Partially together” I laughed in my head. I went about my business, and few minutes later I saw him walking out. I was glad seeing as I was going to be spending at least 20-30 minutes inside the bank. Guess who I saw immediately I stepped out of the bank! Sigh!

He walked with me and started his yarn. “Like I said my name is Dr. XXXX, I work with something medical center (I was too tired to pay attention); I am hoping to start my residency here. What’s your name?” I told him and he continued. (P.S: This time some months ago, I wouldn’t have been so nice, I would have just told him to keep moving instead of wasting his precious time and mine. I have decided to be nicer). “You see, it’s all about interest here, I’m very interesting” he paused (holding the laugh that was to follow took God’s grace sha). I said nothing, then he continued There’s no need beating around the bush here, I want to be very blunt…. (Insert short pause)….. I want you as my woman I turned to him in shock and laughed mehnnnn I just couldn’t hold it anymore. The laugh didn’t stop him o, he continued by telling me everything about his education, youth service, where he was from (even his local government) and parents all in about four minutes. While he was talking I was busy beating myself up inside for not parking closer to the bank. He asked where I was from, I answered and then the manifesto proper began. You see, you are a very wonderful, beautiful and kind woman (he saw me roughly about 30 minutes ago and I had spoken roughly about 20 words to him and he could already deduce this) and I promise to respect you because that’s one thing a woman deserves” he paused again to gather thoughts I presume. Then he continued “I promise to stand by your side and provide for you, I don’t know what your quest is in life, because I know we all have different quests but…..” just before he could complete his statement I muttered “Thank God” I finally found my car. I stood waiting for him to round-up while counting to ten in my mind. He finally started his closing speech “Well, in conclusion, I am single and I really want to settle down and seeing you I believe my quest is over. Like I said I don’t know your quest in life but you are a wonderful woman and all these are the things I have to offer. I may not know how yet but I know you won’t regret being my woman.” I heaved a very big sigh of relief when I realized his speech was finally over, I didn’t want to break my “niceness vow” after two months nahhh. At this point all that was going through my head was; “uncle you would have made a very good politician o”. He asked for a pen to write down my number because his phone was off; and I thought “Ame, this would be the perfect time to sha give a wrong number”. Well, I gave the correct number, I am that nice.

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While I sat in my car trying to recover, my thoughts wandered off to how Dr. XXXX was so similar to many of our Nigerian politicians. Promises from every corner of their mouths, if their noses could make promises I’m sure we would get promises from there too, but how they intend to fulfill these promises, we never get to hear that part. They run problem based campaigns, like we don’t know what the problems are. What we need are “solution based” campaigns! We already know the problems. We know corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation, we know power isn’t constant, we know security is paramount; but how do you intend to tackle these ‘pressing’ problems? That’s what I’m interested in.

Now!!!! Valentine’s Day is just a few hours away and here on my thoughts to screen blog, we’ll be giving out some love in our own little way. There’ll be a mini give away here tomorrow. But!!! Only those who follow the blog by email or have joined the blog’s BBM channel or liked our facebook page can partake. The link will only be posted on the blog’s BBM channel and facebook page. In addition, we’ll be recognizing someone very dear to this blog; he has the highest number of comments so far!!!

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UNTIL TOMORROW….. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

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