The Chronicles Of Okiemute in Lagos
Information Technology has been the dream job of Okiemute right from secondary school. When MTN office was newly opened in Warri, back in the days, he usually goes there with his friend Oghare to enjoy the air-conditioned office. He will tell his friend in their usual Warri parlance; “if na only the AC sef, man pikin suppose work for this kind place ooooh”.
Like it happened to most Nigerians, his choice to study Computer Science was changed to physics education at the university when he was offered admission at the Delta State University, Abraka.
He, however, did not allow his dream to work with an IT firm to die in him. He attended various seminars and training related to programming, coding, and all those IT-related jargons. After graduation, he was teaching with a private school in Warri, while still trying to get on the IT global stage with the software he was working on.
Furlong was a major IT company in the country, with his headquarters at Lekki, in Lagos State. Every topnotch IT consultant in the country had either worked there before or was a former intern. All the creme de la creme in the sector always has a history of Furlong Technologies in their CVs. So it was not out of place for Okiemute to scream to high heavens when he got a mail from Furlong, inviting him to their head office in Lagos to discuss his software.
The breakthrough was finally here!
“Warri! Warri!! Warri!!!” He kept shouting and telling everyone that cared to listen in his street, how he was about to take over the IT world starting from Lagos!
Okiemute soon became a motivational speaker overnight. In his Church in Warri, (God’s People Assembly), he taught the youths on the need to stay through to their dreams, and to never give up. He shared how he often uses his feeding money that was usually not enough to pay for seminars and training just to pursue his desire. He told them of the need to be consistent, and persistent in their pursuit. His motivational speaking engagement soon became more prolific than the software he had developed.
As he waited for the deal day with Furlong Technologies, he soon became the “Fela Durotoye” in his community, even when he was yet to sign the anticipated “million dollar deal”.
The day finally came, April 1st 2019! He sat for the first time in Agofure bus from Warri, with so much confidence. “I hope to fly back to Benin after this deal, and take a chartered cab to Warri”, he thought within himself. Poverty was about to be banished in his life and that of his family. All he needed was just to get a deal with Furlong, and everything about him will change for good.
The eve of the deal day was one of the longest days in his life as he wanted April 1st to come so fast.
He was dressed up already by 5 am, at the Ikeja residence of his old school friend. This is one of the earliest time he would be fully dressed by 5 am in the morning. But this is Lagos, he has to flow along or he will not be able to meet up with the 9 am appointment. Who wouldn’t want to get to a place that is capable of changing your life for good an hour before schedule?
Being a ‘JJC’ in Lagos, his host took him to the park and waited as he boarded the “Obalende-CMS” bus. As he sat down in the bus, his friend waved him goodbye and shouted “guy, nor dull yourself ooooh, keep your things well ooooh, here nor be Warri, this is Lagos!”. With so much confidence and pride of a sharp Warri guy, he replied, “my guy forget that thing, Warri nor dey carry last”.
The bus was soon filled with passengers and the journey began! Different thoughts flooded his mind as the day was still not bright.
“How can so many people be up already at this early hour of the day? How can there be so much traffic when it is still not up to the sixth hour of the day? There are so many places in his neighbourhood back in Warri, that you can’t come out this early and get to the park in one piece”. But all this is what makes Lagos, Lagos!
….to be continued.