Sunday, May 11, 2014


VS: 'Why don't you like guests? I overheard them teasing you about it the other day.'

IB: 'Because of the stress o jare! I have to change my routine, find entertainment for them, handle the children, and coupled with my other personal stuffs ... abeg, it can be tiresome!'

VS: *Laughing* that all? What of the bills?'


IB: 'Bills? What about bills?'

VS: 'Bills nah! Water and electricity?'

IB: 'O-k! I didn't think of that sef!'

VS:' It's because you are at home all day that is why you don't think of bills!'

IB: 'Chei, you too don join to yab me abi ehn?' {you've joined them to cuss me?}

VS: 'No! I am trying to say that, you would know the difference in your bill when nobody is at home most of the day. When everybody goes out, all gadgets are switched off except the refrigerator, so the bill would be minimal, but when a guest comes over, within a week you would see the difference, because the guest would be at home using water and gadgets.'

IB:' WOW! I never thought of it from that angle.'

VS:' How much is your electricity bill monthly?'

IB:' Humph! It's high o, especially during winter.' *Showed her the recent bill*

VS:' You see! Mine is much lesser than this!' *she told me the amount*

IB:' Really? You don't  use heat often?'

VS:' I do when at home! With water, sewage disposal and trash, I pay close to what you pay every month for electricity alone! Then imagine when I have guests, it would be higher!'

IB:' Ahahahaha, I get you. Everybody know where dey pinch am.'

VS:' Yes! It's the utility bills that worries me, anything, I have at home the guest would eat! And the guest should find his or her own entertainment!'

IB: 'Nooo! I have to do 'elejo' { special treatment given to visitor} for the person o!'

VS: 'That is why you are complaining of stress!'

IB: 'You have a point sha! This reminds me of how a family friend mocked his host behind his back when he travelled. This host took days off  from his work so as to be there for his guest and went out of his way to make him comfortable. Only for this family friend to return back to 9ja and laughed behind his back that he is suffering in obodo oyibo. I lost respect for the family friend sha! Why didn't he stay in a hotel then and see how much he would had spent throughout his visit?'

VS:'It was before I was doing that! But now, I give my guest a taxi number to call whenever they want to go out. One time like that, I was in the shopping malls with a guest from dawn to dusk! ... I was tired!'

IB:' Kai! You harsh small o!'

VS:' I have being here for about 8 years now. So I have experience unlike you. Don't worry, with time, your thinking will change'.

IB:' Hmmm ... maybe ... who knows ... my perspective on some issues have changed ... em that reminds me, I saw sales on children clothes in .....'

P.S; When I heard disporas talk about bills then, I was curious to know how different it was from bills we paid back home. Alas! I tell you my guys, there is a difference! But am not complaining o, because I see the positive impact and it is what I consume that I pay for.So it's up to me to know how to manage. I watched extreme cheap-stakes and I was amused and amazed.