I had a taste of ‘sister keepers’ in these Lagos streets. It was strange but it felt good. The best part is that I don’t know who this person is or where he came from. I just know that a stranger took time out his day to make me feel better.
And it felt great.
Recently, I had a terrible misunderstanding with my friend who had come to live with me for some time. I don’t remember how things got to the point where we were yelling at each other. But I remember feeling very upset.
She is one of my best friends in the whole world. But that day, I looked at her and thought her the most stupid human being alive. I know she felt the same way too because she might have mentioned it via one or two insults.
Whatever got us that upset couldn’t have been so deep; especially if the intense feeling of foolishness I felt after is anything to go by. In fact, it was this feeling of foolishness that made me go out for some air that night. I even called a mutual friend to help me cool down.
You know that type of anger that makes you cry when you try to explain yourself? That was me that night. I was crying and talking for so long that my short walk turned into the trek that man did for Buhari in 2015. I was just marching on like a soldier from Gombe State, while pouring out my heart to our friend. Then a man stopped me and asked me politely to pause my call because he wanted to speak with me.
It was late, between 10 and 11pm. But this man was in front of me on a lonely Lagos street; asking me to get off the phone call with my friend, who might have to be a witness in a kidnap or murder case. I sha took a chance to listen to him. That’s why what he said next surprised me.
He introduced himself as Kelly and told me he had overheard me talking to my friend. He asked if I was okay because I seemed stressed; asking was there anything he could do to help me?
I was speechless.
We ended up taking a long walk together and spoke about everything but my little problem. When the walk ended, I was feeling very relaxed and then he chose to drop some words of wisdom. He even put in some words about safety and slightly reminded me of why I don’t like the outside. Finally, he said good night and left me.
Just like that. No “give me your phone number” or “I want us to be friends”. That man just stopped me to share some good vibes and left when I was full of it. In Lagos!
Lagosians will never stop surprising somebody.