Once upon a time I was a very young adult. It was December, just like it is now and I was excited. That Christmas kind of excitement. I was looking forward to going home to my family after a long year in Lagos. I wanted to buy gifts for my friends, new clothes for myself, attend parties and just have myself a merry Christmas.
The only reason I couldn’t do all that was because I was still awaiting my salary. When the salary alert finally came with the 13th month bonus, my inner goddess screamed and started making a shopping list. It was like my boss saw right through me. I’ll never forget the words she said, “Sisi, January is like three months pressed into one o, make sure you save enough money to take you through that month before you spend.” My happiness level dropped to zero, I knew she was absolutely right. So I saved some money, blew the rest away.
Well, January came, the month stretched and stretched and stretched. I began to ask myself why did I buy that shoe, where am I wearing it to now? Why did I spend all that money on food? Photos of me being merry even made me angry because I looked at them and saw all the money I blew away. Even with what I saved, I barely survived that month. After then, I didn’t need anyone to tell me about how dry and difficult January can be.
All I am saying, in case you are a young naïve adult like I was and you don’t have any nice boss to tell you about January, SAVE SOME MONEY.
Everybody and their daddies have music shows in Lagos. I think, if you attend one, you’ve attended all- it is mostly the same line up of artistes. I am not trying to spoil someone else’s hustle, but think of January.
When you are in the market shopping, buying gifts for Mummy Abuja, and Daddy USA think of January.
When you and your friends are making plans to attend shows and those fancy beach parties think of January.
I can go on and on but I am sure you get the message now. January is coming. Baba Integrity is still in power. Let those who have ears, hear.
Merry Christmas Everyone!