It was the smoothest flight I've been on in a while. Everything was going great, I was seated at one of the emergency exits which meant I had enough leg room for my timber & caliber (mum's nickname for my legs), I found a copy of The Guardian Life on my seat which flaunted Chigul on the cover. Already while waiting to board my plane and doing what I love to do best, scrolling through Instagram, I'd seen on some handles that she had an interview therein. Eagerly I sped to page 6 and began to devour every word.
I love reading about Chigul, I think I became fascinated after hearing her speak at Chocolate's wedding which she compèred. I was even more fascinated and extremely impressed after watching her TED talk. The interview was very easy to read, and unlike most newspaper articles I was left wanting to read more and more. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and so I had to flip to the next page.
(Quick insert. 6 facts about Chigul; she was once married. She speaks 5 languages fluently. She lived in the US for 12 years. She majored in Criminal Justice but she was failing so she switched to French Education where she excelled. She used to teach French to young high school students in the US, she's also an actor, singer and song writer).
There was a relationship article on dealing with a depressed partner and I smiled as I read her talk about mood swings. The article was mainly about depression, which thankfully is not something I suffer from so I moved on to something else. Aha! Ifeanyi Dike Jnr, my crush if only I was 7 years younger. He also happens to be one the most talented actors in Nigeria, in my opinion.
(Did you know 25 yr old Ifeanyi Dike is a medical doctor? He studied Medicine at Igbinedion University. He was going for his Masters where he would have furthered his course in Medicine, but instead, with the support of his parents, chose to study Acting and Writing. Before he became an actor he was a contributor on Ynaija, 360nobs among other media outfits. He has also created content for some TV shows on MNet)
It was then the stewardess handed me my pack of refreshments. I reclined my seat to relax and read the article while munching on my cookies. The lady to my right slept off even before we took off. To my left was a man of about 50 years or more. Her has a tall brooding physique and he is a member of the Clergy, a Reverend perhaps, or even a Bishop. He was fully robed in his officiating-minister regalia; floor length purple robe, white collar, gold embellishments etc etc etc, and I was certain he was heading straight to church from the airport to deliver a service.
I was munching away when something went up the wrong pipe in my throat and I began to cough. I tried to swallow hoping to clear my throat but it only became worse and I began to sputter and tears started running down my face. I began to choke as I noticed I was unable to breathe properly and I was nearly falling out of my seat. The lady to my right woke up and began to frantically pat my back as a steward rushed to me with a cup of water. Thankfully, with their help I soon began to feel better, but my eyes were teary, red, swollen and my nose, runny.
But guess what, during this whole episode this "man of the cloth" did not look my way even once, not a sideward glance nor a sympathetic pat! He just calmly kept on eating his cookies and croissants even as I fell forward almost to the floor. Even when my throat felt like it was closing up and I was gasping for air, I'd seen him stretch his legs out and take a slow leisurely sip from his juice box.
When I started to feel better and I needed tissue to dry my eyes, he had some with him but wouldn't spare one.
It's not a big deal but it was very confusing to me. If just anyone had acted that way I'd have thought them mean and insensitive. How much more a "Man of God"?
Or could there be some reason he acted this way? I can't think of any except he's blind, deaf and dumb, which I assure you he isn't.
Anyways ladies and gentlemen, don't be like my seat partner. Don't be overly religious flying 35,000 feet above sea level from North to South to preach God's words when your heart is devoid of love and empathy. That's the problem with Nigeria...
Beautiful Sunday guys!