• Copyright © 2016 by Jodi
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    The Message

    #Flashfiction

    For five years, I roamed the streets of Lagos aimfully but always ended up disappointed. I didn't...
    Copyright © 2016 by Jodi
    All rights reserved. This story may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever
    without the express written permission of the writer.

    The Message

    #Flashfiction

    For five years, I roamed the streets of Lagos aimfully but always ended up disappointed. I didn't understand how as the best graduating Student in Surgery from the Premier University in 1994, I would be without a job. I always got turned down in all the Hospitals I applied to over flimsy reasons. It was a difficult period.

    As I sat on my chair reminiscing on the past events of my life, I recalled when my Father lay ill on his deathbed, he had called me to have a man to man talk. I was barely Eleven. He had wasted no time in telling me that my fate was sealed the day I was born - the village Dibia paid us a visit and informed him that I was born to save people from dying and I must learn the act in the big city with lots of flowing water. The message was from the gods and in my Village, we obey the gods. Such, is part of our way of life.
    That was how I found myself in Lagos where I trained to be a Surgeon, hoping to save lots of people from dying.

    One sunny day in 1999, I had gone to the beach to meditate and reflect on life. While lost in thoughts, I heard a loud siren and people ran in every direction confused. I got wind of the situation; a couple having a pre-wedding photo session were drowning. The photographer raised the alarm. Without a second thought, I dived in and saved the day; all thanks to the swimming lessons I took in Sea school while on scholarship at the Boys Government College.

    That turned out to be an unscheduled interview for me. I was employed as a lifeguard with a very good package and promising returns.

    Looking back now, it all makes sense. The Dibia delivered the message well, my father only understood what he wanted to.
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