“Alago! Alago! Iduma! Iduma!” shouted the bus conductor bringing me out of my reverie. I looked around seeing that I was already at the main gate of the estate where I had gone for the interview. There were few people on the road waiting for buses due to the rain so it was no struggle entering the bus as it should have been.
“Hold your change o” the scruffy looking conductor stated blandly as he perched on the iron railing behind the front passenger seat. I wondered if being unkempt and dirty was part of the job description for being a bus conductor. Maybe the mouth and body odour was the standard requisite condition before applying to become one. That and being excessively aggressive.
Oh! Ginika, pipe down. I told myself. You are becoming bitchy and condescending. This is so not you. I rolled my eyes at my inner voice and tried looking out the my window, my teeth chattering due to the cold clothes that were dripping water on the floor forming a puddle.
“Come o madam, why you dey wet my bus na?” the conductor asked me aggressively. I looked at him and decided to ignore him. Pick a sensible fight Ginika I told myself looking out the window again.
“Madam, you go pay extra O. Why you no run enter somewhere make you no wet come dey spoil my bus” the conductor grumbled again “All these women sef. Una like to dey cause person trouble. Rubbish women” he muttered to himself while some boys behind me snickered amongst themselves at his words.
I saw red and the poor unfortunate bus conductor was going to be at the receiving end of my frustration.
”Are you blind?” I hissed at him causing the other passengers that had been quiet to turn and stare at me. “Can’t you see the rain? How else am I supposed to enter the bus if not under the rain?” I shouted angrily noting that the boys behind me had gone quiet. I turned to look outside through the window again.
“Calm down sister. You know how these conductors are. Ignore them and don’t let them spoil your day” A spindly looking young man with earphones said to me quietly. I nodded in agreement and proceeded to ignore the conductor.
However, the son of a snake was not going to allow me get the upper hand.
“Make your day spoil na. Na me cause am? Na woman like una wey go make man run commot for house because of una wahala. Abeg give me your money. Witch woman” he sneered at me.
Tears unexpectedly filled my eyes. That barb hit too close to home and I wondered if I carried a mark that made it so visible to people.
“You dey craze conductor” A fat woman wearing multiple necklaces shouted at the conductor. “Make una dey insult anyone wey una see. One day una go insult ghost and na so una go die” the woman hissed and looked belligerently at the conductor.
I didn’t join in the commotion that followed after the woman’s rebuke of the conductor. I just watched silently as the conductor gave as good as he got from the passengers.
“Driver, please school garden bus stop dey” I said as we approached the bus stop where I usually drop. The driver who refused to be drawn into the argument between his conductor and the passengers simply nodded and parked neatly once we reached the bus stop.
I hopped down still wet and cold but thankfully not dripping. The rain too had stopped but everywhere was still wet and muddy. I got to the house cold with chattering teeth and still annoyed with the rain, the stupid interview and ~the rude conductor.
It was as if the universe was against me on all sides. I walked into the living room hoping to just rush to the room and change out of my wet clothes….
To Be Continued… . . .
Nigeria Spends N18.3bn Daily On Fuel Subsidy – Finance Minister
Ortom Bans Mining Activities In Benue
Adamu Reveal Why Jonathan’s Almajiri School Programme Failed
eNaira Has Recorded 840,000 Downloads, N4bn Transactions – CBN Governor
I Started Singing To Get Girls – Patoranking
TCN: We’ve implemented new technology to enhance the performance of the national grid
546 kilometers of roads have been built in Edo over the past six years, while 886 kilometers have been planned – Government
Court sentences a man to 37 years of imprisonment for fingering a minor
Segun Showunmi, Ogun PDP: “I will fight this struggle to the end”
Plateau PDP nominates former APC chairman as governorship campaign DG
Officials from Manchester United are in negotiations to sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid
Manchester United is teased by Atletico Madrid on their transfer request for Joao Felix
Son Heung-min may have been the target of racial remarks when Tottenham and Chelsea drew at the weekend
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the richest man in Great Britain, expresses interest in purchasing Manchester United
2023 Budget: Nigerian govt slams N8.52trn for staff salaries, others, Presidency gets N14.2bn
U20WWC: France joins the Falconets from Group C, breaking South Korea’s heart.
Apple To Launch iPhone 14 On September [See Date]
At London’s Soultown Festival, lead performers included Gabrielle, Soul 2 Soul, and Heather Small
British billionaire, Jim Ratcliffe to buy Man United
U-20 WWC: Super Falconets flogs Canada, to meet Netherlands in quarter-finals
National Blackout: Electricity Workers Call Off Strike
Why I visited Femi Kuti – Peter Obi
Reps To Investigate Agric Ministry Over N18.6bn Spent To Clear Bush, Prepare Land
What fans should expect from sequel – “Squid Game” creator
Buju has questions to answer, a police spokesman claims, after he boasted of spitting on an officer
Buju BNXN engages in a near-free-for-all brawl with police officers
Your daily horoscope for Thursday, August 18, 2022
A robot designed by a snake-loving engineer to restore the reptile’s legs
WhatsApp is working on a feature that would allow you to retrieve deleted messages
Chaos as students drown while having fun on the Lagos beach
Ngige convenes an emergency meeting with electricity employees during a blackout.
How Magu botched high-profile corruption cases while pursuing “Yahoo Boys”
Snapchat’s Paid Users Hit 1 Million
Nigeria Police Officer Rewarded For Rejecting $200,000 Bribe
Police Caution Ronaldo Over Fan Phone Incident
Peter Obi no threat to APC in Imo – Hope Uzodinma
Peter Obi Visit Femi Kuti After Threats From Obidients [VIDEO]
Blackout Looms In Nigeria As Electricity Workers Begin Strike
APC Fires Bauchi Youth Vanguard
Closed door meeting between Bola Tinubu and Olusegun Obasanjo
Barcelona Finally Register New Signing To La Liga, Lewandowski, Raphinha, Christensen and Kessie
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Complete Episodes)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Final Episode 14)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 12)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 11)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 10)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 02)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 06)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 01)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 08)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 13)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 05)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 07)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 03)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 04)
[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 09)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 01)
[STORY] DELILAH’S CURVE (Complete Episodes)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Complete Episodes)
James Milner Reveals What Darwin Nunez Did To Liverpool’s Attack
[STORY] SADE’S HEART TALE (Episode 22)
[STORY] SADE’S HEART TALE (Episode 21)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 06)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 17)
NLC demands 50% increase in workers’ salaries
Your weekly tarot horoscope for August 14 to August 20 and Mars entering Gemini
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 04)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 07)
2023 Elections: Presidential Candidates To Pay ₦10 Million For Campaign Posters In Anambra
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 03)
[STORY] DELILAH’S CURVE (Episode 01)
[STORY] DELILAH’S CURVE (Episode 04)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Final Episode 20)
Browser-powered desync: Black Hat USA presents a new class of HTTP request smuggling attacks
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 15)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 09)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 11)
Images and videos from Mercy Chinwo’s wedding ceremony
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 18)
[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 08)
ANE's Billboard Hots
Technology2 months ago
VoIP Number: Everything You Need To Know
Music5 years ago
[Music] Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
Music2 months ago
[Instrumental] Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
Music6 years ago
[Music] Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Movie Subtitle2 months ago
DOWNLOAD Complete Money Heist Season 1 Subtitles File [English SRT] 2017
ANE Stories2 months ago
The Story Of My Life (Complete Episode 1 – 47)
Music2 months ago
[Video] 21 Savage ft. Offset & Metro Boomin – Rap Saved Me
Music3 years ago
[Music] Gnash Ft Olivia O’Brien – I Hate you, I Love you