Mrs Elijah was a hardworking person. One of the most hardworking individual Ani had ever met. She was the head of accounting department of a media consulting firm. She could play any role from the administrative to the professional. There was virtually no camera at the company that she could not operate. Though she was not there at the establishment of the company, she had overtaken many of the old staffs in terms of productivity. Ani was an intern at the office. She could still remember her first day in the office when she had brought her letter from the State polytechnic for a one year industrial attachment. She was directed to Mrs Elijah who welcomed her and told her point blank that the company could not afford to pay her more than five thousand naira monthly.
Though the company would love to use her service, yet could not afford more. The diplomacy with which she addressed the issue and her maverick way of answering all her questions made Ani concluded that she would be sweet to work with. An opinion that did not take time to be proved as Mrs Elijah was always at the fore front of every challenge. Not even the MD could withstand her dexterity in handling critical matters. However when first met, one may find it difficult to approach her as the deep scar she sustained at an accident she was involved in years ago stood between her and beauty.
It was a black Sunday however when Aniedi saw a cluster of people at Akpan Andem market where she had wanted to buy foodstuff for the coming week. She had approached a man who seemed to be coming from that direction to inquire of the cause of such an unusual gathering.
“oh my sister, na one big madam dey roll for the floor sooo oo, if you see her eeehnn, huuu, make God save person ooo, fine woman like that with fine cloth, na im people dey watch for film soo” the man had stuttered. Aniedi moved closer to the scene of the incident. The scene was so tightly packed that if she had dropped a pin, it would not find a place to land. Determined to find out what was going on, she forced her way inside. Sadly enough as much as people gathered, nobody was ready to offer a helping hand to the victim, they just seemed to be enjoying the show. When someone made an attempt to go in and help, people pulled him back in the fear that she would infect him.
Finally, when Ani got a clear view of the person on the ground, she could not believe her eyes, she moved closer and closer and became more convinced that it was her. It was her boss, the woman she had always admired, her role model. Mrs Elijah was on the ground, convulsing, stretching, jerking and urinating. It was sad. Ani, in defiance of the crowd, rushed in, pulled her up, called her M.D who put a call through to her husband immediately. She was rescued and rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed of seizure disorder as a result of the head injury she sustained from the accident. Few weeks after, she was flown abroad for a surgery to correct the problem.
As Aniedi saw her to the airport, they both looked at each other and hugged. She said she hoped she would see her again and the other replied “for sure”.
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