If you've been following this blog then it's not news that a blog reader, Wale, gave me N500,000 for a giveaway. Wale ideated that I as the owner of the platform, take my piece and give the rest away. I decided to focus the monies on the blog because I simply appreciate you guys too much. I've been praying for a day I'd be able to do a thing like this. I always wanted it to be out of my own pocket but God has His own way of doing things, so while mine is yet to come he thankfully gave this wonderful man named Wale who's been nothing but a blessing. When I posted about the giveaway, I shared it here and the link on my social media pages and a few things happened.
1. Money is a magnet. From the day this went up on my instagram and facebook I started getting phone calls from people I've not heard from in years. You would have thought I'd just won a hundred million dollar lottery. For days I was getting calls and messages. The callers all had different purposes. Some wanted to know if it was real or a joke or click bait. Some just wanted to say hi; as per now that I'm half a millionaire let's rekindle our friendship. Some immediately turned me into a welfare manager; they had bills they needed to pay immediately or things to buy that their lives depended on. People started to pay closer attention. People who have always known about TTB but had never bothered to visit suddenly did, not for the money but to know what it was that made someone give me that sum. Some people who had never bothered with me were suddenly very nice to me. Etcetera. It was interesting to watch.
2. Some people will never be satisfied. This isn't news but still, I was quite surprised. I don't intend to hurt anyone's feelings but it boggled my mind when someone won 25k and wanted to know if they could also win from the 10k. Some people won 10k and wanted to know if their friends could also get 10k too. One said "my friend doesn't read your blog but he needs the money". I wanted to suggest that they give their friend their own 10k then. Some won gifts but wanted additional cash. On and on. I couldn't understand why some people couldn't simply be grateful and content with something that WE neither worked for nor are entitled to.
3. The more the money the more your expenses. This is just life, I guess. It looks like a lot but then there's this and then there's that and then this and before you know it, poof!
4. Do not take people to where your bread is buttered. Ok there's no lesson here, because I didn't. Many people wanted, not the giveaway but the source and some went about it in funny ways. A few came out outright and asked for contact details, others tried to be more subtle but both had the same goal; to go to the bakery. Unfortunately, I don't take people to where my bread is buttered. Call me selfish, I'll understand.
5. When money come your way everybody come your way.
When money come your way everybody busy body.
When yawa dey for you every body Ben Johnson,
dem go deny you dem no know you again.
Who knows that Tony One-week song? 🙈😭😭😭 . This is kinda like #1 but a bit different. The comment section was popping during that period but as the giveaway ended harmattan begin start. 😂
6. Good people still exist. After all said and done, there are still good, kind people among us. Wale was extremely kind to do what he did. Especially considering that he did this expecting nothing in return. That Naughty Housewife was also kind to pay it forward, while some wanted more, she gave from what she got. It's heartwarming to know that such kindness abounds among us. But there's even more. Several more people have done giveaways on this blog, Clare, Sunshine, Linda (cccc's sister), Oyinlola Sobowale, Nne and so many more that I cannot even remember. It's not the gifts that matter to me but that you were kind enough to give and that you chose my platform. Or is it the likes of Chrisyinks, Chimezie Nwodo and a few others that submit contributions simply to keep the blog buzzing and alive? Kai! y'all are awesome. I cannot thank you enough.