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Sure its gonna show up soonest0December 25, 2018 at 5:31 pm #1280870
Lagos na wah.
Today is a surprisingly good day. It’s almost 8 pm and I have already made ten thousand naira today. Perhaps I never should have stopped driving a taxi. Perhaps it’s what I was meant to do with my life. One more fare is all I need to take me out of Badore, past Ajah and in the direction back home and then I can buy Temi the baby stroller that she says she needs for Remi. Thankfully, I’ve just received a notification that a rider has just requested a pickup using their Uber app and I’m not too far from where he is. Hopefully, he is going in my direction and I don’t need to break up my homeward journey. It’s not easy driving people around this insane city, and I know I can be doing much better jobs but I think I am content to drive this commercial car now, all things considered. It is much better now when I do not need to wander aimlessly around and can conserve my fuel and time and link up with fares easily. Sometimes, I shake my head and wonder why I ever stopped my taxi driving. It was for the best, though. If I hadn’t stopped, I wouldn’t be here now. Besides, everything has happened before and everything will happen again. There is nothing new under the sun. I have already left this life once and it did not turn out well for me. No point trying again when I already…
My phone vibrates. That would be my client. He said he would be waiting under the bus shelter. I meander my way out of the traffic and park by the road where a man in an over-sized suit and a carrying a leather bag is beckoning. I can’t see his face clearly but he looks familiar.
“Yes sir, good evening.” I call to him. “Were you the one who requested a ride with the Uber app?”
“Yes, I was. I’m going to Gbagada.” He says, efficiently.
“Phase 1 or 2 sir?”
“Phase 1” He says.
That’s not far off my route home. Perfect final fare to end the day.
“That’s fine sir. We will spend almost three hours on the road in this traffic and the journey is quite far. I hope you understand sir.”
“Okay. That’s no problem.” He replies and slides into the back seat.
“Thank you sir.” I call out, catching his face’s reflection in my rear view mirror. All of a sudden, I begin to sweat.
I know him. I know the man sitting in my car, behind me but luckily, he does not know me. I mean, he knows who I am but he has never seen my face before. Thank God! I try to keep my head low and not speak, but he wants to talk.
“You are very polite and you speak very good English for a driver. I mean, I know you guys using this app aren’t like regular taxis but you sound so refined. What’s your name?”
“They call me Azed, Sir.” I tell him carefully.
“Azed? Short for Azeez?”
“Yes sir. Exactly.”
“My name is Raymond,” He offers. “Nice to meet you, Azed.”
“You too sir.”
“So Mr. Azed, talking to you I really don’t understand…” He says.
“Understand what sir?” I ask carefully. I know he will never connect the dots or understand just how connected we are but deep down, I am still worried.
“How come you are driving people in this Lagos? You sound like you have some university education. Can you tell me, if you don’t mind… why?”
“The money is good. And… well… circumstances sir. Sometimes life just tells you what you are meant to do.” I say, tersely.
“Circumstances? What circumstances? How?” He clearly wants to know about me. I don’t think I can shake off his interest but I try anyway.
“It’s a long story sir.” I say, trying to discourage him.
“Shebi you said we have three hours to reach Gbagada? I want to hear this your long story. My battery is dead anyway. So I have nothing else to do. Please.”
I sigh, resigning myself to this. Perhaps I need to tell someone this story anyway. Get it out of my system. And if fate has put this man in my cab despite all we have been through, keeping him unknowing, then maybe he is the one to listen to me. But…
“I’m not sure where to begin telling you from sir.” I say.
“Azed, start from the beginning. The very beginning.”
And so I do.
THEY CALL ME A-ZED0December 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm #1280872
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