Jude Idada shares the touching travails of a Taxify driver he met on transit. He explained how much pain the work, causes the driver whose car is on an expensive hire.
The Taxify driver I rode with yesterday was various shades of deep.
Even his humour.
He was not a small man, neither was he big, but he was lanky, full
bearded, pot beliied with an average height.
His stomach sat upon him like an alien.
It was incongrous to the frailty of his stature.
It made you smile.
Because it made him look comical.
And when we drove across Third mainland bridge as we raced to
catch the play The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
He looked over the dark expanse of water that percolated menacingly fall below the bridge.
“I have to deliver to the owner of this car, N40,000 every week. He
works for an oil company. Makes good money but his heart is very
cold. I have told him that the days when drivers of Taxify and Uber
deliver that kind of money are long gone, but he would not listen
Every day more than a hundred new vehicles enter this business. Yet
the riders do not increase. What that means is that it is more difficult
to get rides. This is past 7 and I have only done 4 rides today. I have
made just over N6,000. How will I make N40,000 a week, if Taxify
takes its 15% share, i fuel this car, I service it? what will be my share
after it all? I have four children, there are school fees to be paid, food
to use to feed them, medical bills as they are young and fall ill often,
my wife has gone back to school, there is house rent waiting. It is like l
am in slavery. I want to just give him back his car, but if I do, what else
can I do? Lagos state civil service I was working for, grade 6 officer
and my take home pay was just over N27,000 a month. I tried to go to
construction site to work, but after one week, I was sick for three
months. I want to farm. No land. I want to trade. No capital. Even to
steal, no courage. This car is my saviour and my nemesis.”
All this while he was staring at the darkness of the water.
Totally oblivious to me.
As though he was speaking with something only he could see.
Then he sighed.
“That is why I hate taking trips across the bridge. Every day that
water calls out to me. It tells me that it can end all my pain. I just want
to park the car, get out and just jump into it. But then I think of my
children. It is not their fault that they were born into such suffering. If
I die now, what will happen to them? Even if any man marries my wife,
will he raise my children like I would have raised them? I tell you,
death is a seductress. It tells you that it can take away your pain in an
instant. It tells you that when you land in that water you will not
drown, once you slam into that water, it is like slamming into concrete.
You will die instantly. Just like that everything will end. But will it truly
end? Is that the solution? Will I be able to rest easy in death if I know
that the children I have brought into this world are alive and suffering?
No. That is the dilemma of this life. The end of your suffering is the
continuation of the suffering of someone else. Yet the owner of this
car, a bachelor, who pops champagne every weekend and carries all
the fine girls in this city, says to me, if you can’t give me 40k every
week, give me back my car and I will get someone to drive it. I have
told him that death is knocking at my door, and he says, it is your
business if you open the door for him, just give me my 40k.”
Then he fell silent.
And finally he whispered.
“If I survive this year, it will be a miracle.”
When he dropped me off, I exchanged numbers with him and collected his bank account number.
And when I was done watching the play.
I sent him a little something.
“Thank you very much my brother. But please is there a way, you can
find me something else to do? This money will finish, but my suffering
with continue. I am living on borrowed time.”
Here I am living without any fear of tomorrow.
Not having too much but having enough.
And there he is.
In the grip of hopelessness.
And the seductive easy escape of death.
Source – INSTABLOG9JA
Driver lands in court after landing a heavy punch on his boss
A 28-year-old driver, Kingsley Edem, was arraigned before the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos state yesterday March 20th, for landing a punch on his boss in the mouth during an argument.
According to police prosecutor, Sgt. Ishola Samuel, Edem who resides at No.14, Adetuberu St., Olowora, Lagos, is Femi Badmus’s driver.
Badmus had reported to the police that Edem punched him several times in the mouth during a disagreement in his home on No 19 Ogunbeye St., Olowora, Lagos on March 9th.
The police prosecutor said, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 173 of the revised Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Section 173 which stipulates a three-year jail term for any offender if found guilty.
Magistrate A. I. Abina, admitted Edem to bail in the sum of N10,000 with one surety in like sum.
Magistrate Abina ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed and should provide proof of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
What raged between Edem and his boss, Badmus wasn’t made known but
Magistrate Abina adjourned the case until April 8 for mention.
Chinese father sells his baby daughter to pay off gambling debts
A Chinese father has been arrested for selling his 1-year-old daughter for £6,800 to pay off his gambling debts.
Jiang, sold the one-year-old to a couple after owing more than 60,000 Yuan (£6,798), according to reports in China.
Jiang told his wife that he was taking their daughter to stay with his mother. He flew the child more than 1,150 miles away from their home in Guiyang, Guizhou province, last November.
Wang, his wife grew concerned after his failure to return three months later but repeatedly postponed their return.
In February, 2019, she checked her husband’s phone and found shocking conversations between her husband and her daughter’s buyers.
Wang went to her husband’s mother in Zunyi city, about 87 miles away, who informed her that her son and granddaughter left her weeks ago.
She immediately contacted police and they tracked Jiang down to a hotel in Guiyang last month.
When he was caught, Jiang admitted to owing a huge gambling debt and decided to take the drastic measure after seeing online adverts for child adoption.
How Jiang Planned on Selling his daughter
Jiang lied to the buyers – a couple in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province – that he was a single father who could no longer afford to care for the girl. He went further to claim that his own parents were dead so he had nowhere else to turn.
Fortunately, the child was located by the police last Friday and reunited with her mum.
Jiang has been arrested and charged with suspicion of human trafficking, according to the police.
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