My Friend And I

I don’t usually write about my life or stuffs like this. I am a business person, I write proposals and business plans-that’s what I get paid for. But on the other hand, I have always considered myself a very brilliant person-yea of course I am. I have this uncanny nature to get things done, and also to change situations around me for the better. But this article is not about my life story, neither am I writing an autobiography. It is about a friend that I got to know because we had a common goal-to solve problems and make the world a better place.

On the 26th day of July 2016 at exactly 4:45pm, my very good friend and colleague Timileyin, (or Timi as I love to call him) was relieved of his duty as a Digital Marketing Strategist in one of the best payment processing company in Nigeria and Africa as a whole-which I am fortunate enough to be working at. Timi was relieved of his duties not because he was not good at his job or a background check was done and he was found wanting in one way or the other. Because I know for sure that among all things, he is one hell of a disciplined cum prolific writer, more like the Reuben Abati of my firm. In fact he is a combination of many things. He possesses some envious skills which any young man will crave and pray he or she has. This goes from graphic designing, website design and development to his undying love for articles. He is the typical guy that asks me every Tuesday morning; Guy how far, have you read Reuben Abati’s article on Guardian this morning?. But the reason he was laid off, is still a mirage to some of us. It got to me the most because we practically came for our interview the same day. Now I’m left to reminisce the very first day we met at the reception for the interview. We greeted with the normal trepidation that surrounds being unemployed in Nigeria (Na God go help us oo…As we no know anybody here, shey we go get this job?).

My last photograph with Timi (On red)

We spent few months together as friends, associates etc. even though he is not the drinking type and I am…well don’t bother. We still got along perfectly.

Now what I am saying? What I am trying to say is that there are some things that we humans see as unimportant when it comes to the way we conduct ourselves in and out of the office. I don’t care how your life outside the office is, but when you find yourself inside the four walls of an organization, you have to find a way to get along with just anybody. Because one day, while you are busy sipping a bottle of champagne in Elegushi beach and staring at the water as it ripple under the beach stones. Somebody is busy fighting for you. And who might that be? well I don’t know. But the most important thing is that you have to watch your back. Watch what you do and say. Watch who you confide in. be careful the kind of information that flies out of your mouth. Because on that day, it is your actions and inactions that would be brought forward and who is going to be there to defend you? Well I might not have an answer to that.

I’m still looking for answers to my question….. Why did my friend lose his job, why cut his dream short?…if you are reading this, and you think you know the answer. Don’t hesitate to hit the respond button.

Till we meet again Timi…your friend Eric!

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