I remember as *JSS 1 students when Feyisola Akinwande and I would converse between ourselves to go and beg for money from Senior Nike Adebayo and Senior Buki of blessed memory. They were in *SS 1 then. How did we get to know them? They had come to our class to preach to us to give our lives to Jesus. Though I had asked Jesus into my heart several times before then but I still gave my life to Him again. We had bowed out heads and said the sinner's prayer after them. (By the way, when I started attending the school fellowship later and we would be asked to go around and preach during break hours, I never had the courage to do so o. I was always worried about what I would say. Throughout secondary school, it was like this.)
So, Feyi and I, as the "Primary Six-and-a-half" students that we were, would always go to them every break to beg for money, it was always one naira we begged for. But one naira then had value sha.
"Senior Nikẹ, Senior Buki, ẹ ẹ̀ dẹ̀ wá fún wa ní 1 naira." We would say with pleading innocent eyes. They would indulge us and give us one naira each and sometimes they would beg us and tell us they didn't have. Then, one day like that, we went to do our beggie-beggie as usual and embarrassed Senior Nike had to tell us the truth.
"Ṣ'ẹ́ẹ mọ nǹkan? Kò dàa kéèyàn máa tọrọ owó." She told us it is not good to beg for money. We nodded our heads rapidly in agreement and went back to our class disappointed but wiser. We never begged any senior for money after that. (Definitely, if our parents knew we were begging at school, they wouldn't have been pleased.)
Well, I just remembered this story now and I thought to write it down. I doubt if Feyi or Sis Nike remember self. But me, Ayobami, I do remember from time to time and laugh my heart out.
©June 2020, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde
*JSS 1 stands for Junior Secondary School 1
*SS 1 stands for Senior Secondary School 1