Road To Abuja - S01 E09

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Traveling to Abuja in a car is quiet tiring and now that we’re going to trek all the way there.. It’s going to be excruciating on our bodies…..

Luckily for me, This isn’t my first time going to Abuja, I know many roads and shortcuts to take us there and I happen to know some settlements living along the way… The day our car crashed, Julia and I took a long trek down the road, It was tiring but I wasn’t bothered by it but as for Julia, her case was different.. She would hiss and complain a lot… I paid her no attention cause I too was in the same mess as she is, The only way we can help each other is by moving forward.

By nightfall, We arrived at a small local town, We were able to find someone nice to allow us to rest in his house, of course we had to give me something in return. By the next morning, we left the town and continued on our journey.. It was hard and rough but it was better than being stranded on the road, By night fall, we spent the night in the wilderness, There was no house or shelter, we had to sleep on grasses and under the trees… Luckily for us, there was no mosquitoes and there was a nice lovely breeze, I would have had a wonderful sleep if Julia hadn’t been overreacting.

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Julia ➡ Jesus…. What’s that noise??

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Jack ➡ Lady.. Will you shut up? I’m trying to sleep.

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Julia ➡ Sleep!? How can you sleep in this place?… What if there are snakes 🐍 or wild beasts?

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Jack ➡ Look! You’re overreacting… There are no snakes or beasts Here.. Let’s just have faith in God and relax our nerves… God is with us.. If it’s our time to die.. Then so be it.

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Julia ➡ DIE??? I don’t want to die… Not yet.. I’ve lots of things to do.

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Jack ➡ Look! Shut up and sleep! I can’t listen to you anymore besides.. What are you afraid of? You’re not alone here.

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Julia ➡ But..

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Jack ➡ SHUT UP AND SLEEP! GOD!!!

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After that, Julia kept quiet and slept soundly, It would have been better if I slept as well but I couldn’t.. I tried to think of something that would make me doze off but I was still wide awake.. It wasn’t until midnight that I finally fell asleep.

The next morning, We were awoken by the sound of cows mooing and making grunting sounds.. I sat up and discovered we were in the middle of hundreds of cows… Julia woke up and shouted in fright as one of the cows came close to her and began to lick her face, She jumped up quickly and moved away from the cow, In that moment, A Fulani man and his female companion came towards us to find out what was going on.

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Yusuf ➡ Kai… What are you doing here?

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Jack ➡ You speak English??

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Yusuf ➡ Of course.. We’re not just ordinary cow people… We’ve settled among civilized people.

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Julia ➡ What’s going on? Hey. Do you own these cows?

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Yusuf ➡ Yes.. They’re fine creatures aren’t they?

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Julia ➡ FINE?? One of them tried to eat me!!

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Jack ➡ Don’t mind her.. The cow just licked her face that’s all.

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Yusuf ➡ Sorry madam… These cows mean no harm.. So are you husband and wife?

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Julia ➡ WHAT? NO…

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Jack ➡ No.. We’re not..

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Yusuf ➡ Hmm, I thought you were… Because I’ve met couples like you several times.. Okay.. Let me introduce myself.. My name is Yusuf and this is my wife Salima.. We’re newly weds.. We’re heading to Abuja to start our life there.

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Jack ➡ Really? Well.. We’re heading to Abuja as well… Do you mind if we tag along?

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Yusuf ➡ No problem.

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Julia ➡ Thank God! Finally my legs will rest.

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Yusuf ➡ Well, I hope you guy have strong legs cause we’ll be trekking for quite a long time.

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Julia ➡ What?? You can’t be serious… What are these cows for? We should be riding them?

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Yusuf ➡ Sorry but that will slow us down.. They move better and faster if they’re not mounted.. If we’re fast enough we might get to the next town before night fall.

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Jack ➡ Let’s go.. Don’t mind her.

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Julia ➡ You selfish b-stard…. How can you say that? Just because you’re built like a gorilla doesn’t mean everyone is the same as you… I’m a sophisticated woman, a CEO.. A titan of a company.. Not a hitch hiker.. I’m not used to this kind of suffering.. I can’t go on like this.

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Jack ➡ You see the reason why you never have an steady man in your life… You’re so frustrating and annoying..

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Julia ➡ Well excuse me… It’s not my fault if they can’t keep up with me.. Real men would tolerate any woman’s problem.

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Jack ➡ You spoilt rich feminine brat.. Look here… You see this fulani’s wife.. She’s also a woman… Do you see her complaining? You’re not the only one stuck in this mess and if you’d shut your mouth and keep moving, we wouldn’t be wasting our time… This is how life is.. Always expect the unexpected, life can’t be always sweet and jolly all the time.. There are times when you must tighten your belt and keep moving forward no matter the difficulties that come your way and that time is now.. So for the last time.. Shut up and let’s keep going or you can stay here alone in the middle of nowhere until God sends someone to save that is if you’re not already dead by then.

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Yusuf and his wife looked at us as we argued, After we were done, we began to trek to our destination… Julia was pissed but there’s nothing she could do to… About an hour later, Julia who was behind us collapsed on the ground and started to cry, Yusuf and his wife were already ahead of us driving their cattle in a straight formation, I didn’t want to pay attention to her but then I decided to see if something was wrong with her.

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Jack ➡ Hey… Let’s go.. Come on..

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Julia ➡ (crying) 😭😭😭😭

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Jack ➡ Julia..

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Julia ➡ I… can’t… I’m tired… Oh God, why me? 😭😭😭

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Jack ➡ Oya.. Stop messing around let’s go.

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Julia ➡ I swear, I can’t go any further.. My legs hurt.. Please.. I can’t..

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I didn’t want to believe her but then from the way she was crying, I felt sorry for her… Rich people, they surely can’t handle the pressure of life once they get to experience it, I bet if all of them felt how hard life was, they’d pity poor people like myself and the others.

To make thing easier for her and for me, I decided to carry her up, I was surprised when I realized she wasn’t that heavy at all, I could barely feel her weight… After I carried her, I quicken my pace and caught up with Yusuf and his wife.

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