Someone Just Blew This Up Again....Did You Just Get A Job and You Need Transport Fare Until Your First Salary?

I still remember my first month on the job as a trainee banker. I enjoyed the hospitality of my friend Oyewale Oyewole who took me into his home around Ikotun axis.
Our banking school was at Apongbon. I woke up around 4am to catch ‘molue’ buses so I won’t get late to the training school. That was the cheapest option for me.
Surviving that first month was critical. I couldn’t afford anything other than the fare. We were a group of guys (I think about 5 of us) who ‘squat’ with Wale then- all of us hustlers- my friend late Wole Omiyale, Bode Adeshina, Muyiwa Ogundare Dudu, myself and someone else.
We all contributed money to eat and helped one another with transport fare. I still recall one woman beside that house who sold ‘ewa agonyin’ and bread on Saturdays. Some of us went because of the beans while a few had eyes on the woman’s beautiful daughter (it wasn’t me 😂😂).
It was a real struggle for us but we survived. I remember when Dudu got his job and the way we celebrated in that house. I had coached him on how to answer interview questions and I remember teaching him how to knot a tie as he prepared for his first day at work.
It was a truly memorable moment when I received my first pay as a banker in training. It was 30k (or 33k) and was put in a white envelope as we didn’t have account numbers yet. I took my entire pay packet and travelled to Ibadan immediately that Friday.
I went to my mum, prostrated and handed over that white envelope. I told her that was my first pay and it’s for her. She broke down in tears and asked how I would survive if I gave her everything. I remember asking her to give me enough for transport for the month and I’ll be ok.
Surviving that first month is very critical for a lot of people. And this is why I almost wept this morning when I woke up and saw a message inbox from a very dear friend of mine who is also married to my friend and egbon.
She is giving N100,000 to those who just got a job but will need fare for transport until they receive their first pay checks. She has asked to remain anonymous. May the Lord bless her and make her a shining star in her endeavor. May her generation remain blessed forever.
So here are the conditions for this one:

1. You will produce your letter of offer which will be confirmed. Please do not produce ‘lori-iro’ letters.

2. We will share this among as many as possible.

3. The right to select or refuse is mine. I will be as fair as possible.
If you just got a job and you need fare to take you to work till you receive your first salary, this is your thread.


Bayo Adeyinka

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