Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Short Tale of Two Hell...

Posted by Oyinlola Sobowale on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in , , | 19 comments
...& a near alcoholic.


Thankfully, I am not an alcoholic. Did you say yet? *straight face* It's no secret that I work with a Spirits and Wine Company. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I sell 'ogogoro' even though I work in the background...well, not-so-distant background *winks*. Sometime in 2013 I wrote a note- "CONFESSIONS OF A NEAR ALCOHOLIC" on my Facebook page though(you can read it up by clicking on title post). Asides from the new "forced habit" of alcohol tasting talked about, the piece also tried to capture my experience through my first ever trip to the infamous New Afrika Shrine. Hmm...a year 5 months later, I made a second visit and this time I stayed till lights out.

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Rewind.

21/03/2015 I woke up early as usual but with even more mental preparation than on a week day because I knew a looooooong weekend stretched before me. The Friday before saw me getting home at 11 pm after a great time under the ministration of Reverend George Adegboye at Global Harvest's 10 years anniversary celebration. The service ended at about 10, getting home took an hour what with all the campaigns in town. Phew *can the elections end already!* Saturday morning, I was up and about putting necessary stuff together that will last me through the day. I had several places to touch base; tailor's, stylist' and finally Christie's not even counting the late evening trip which was duty calling...

I started out at the tailor's; picking up my uniform which was to be worn on Sunday for our women's convention in Church. In less than 40 minutes, mission at the tailor's was accomplished and then in the sun I was again scouting a good salon nearby. That eureka moment came when I found one posh-looking salon on CMD road and yours dearest ventured in to get her nails plus hair done...




As one lady was busy filing my nails and buffing, another was fiddling with my toe nails filing as well and then almighty hair drying was blowing some real HOT air on my small head-MAKE THAT 3 HELL! oh boy!!! Every other second I would take my head out of the dryer and the young lady would roll her eyes at me in a polite manner but wicked nonetheless - like, who sent you to do straw curls? I just kept telling myself that would be the last time for me, no more hair dryer encounter o.

After enduring all the hot air with the hot sensation from the nail file on my fingers, we were finally done. Even now, I heaved another sigh of relief...lol

Next stop: Christie's. We were to attend a wedding together so we dressed up and headed out for a dear friend's wedding in another part of town *sorry I'm saving my pictures*

Tick. Tick. Tick...time sped by.

After much catching up with friends from MBA class, it was time to leave. We said our byes and I went my way...on to the next stop - Afrika Shrine.

It was a gathering of men as usual, mostly fuji lovers and afrobeat fans. A few girls, yeah, many of them in tight-fitting clothes. Tired me had to blank out the first two hours before the actual show began. At some point one annoying over-sabi dude asked me why I was sleeping on duty! Mtcheeeeeeew. Some people don't know how to mind their own business. Midnight saw people troop in, clusters of 2s and 3s. Guys and girls moving to the rhythm and having some really good smoke. I had quite a drag myself. I mean I was in the midst of it all trying to get my media team together; capturing every moment which would aid writing a robust post event story for the purpose of PR. 

9 to 5 I was there and saw it all. This time in reverse of the daylight/workhour 9 to 5. Still, I was up early for church...

So here is something to mull over- I ask you, how do you reconcile your faith/religion/belief/values/moral stance etcetera with your job choice?





Writer's note - Ogogoro means 'hot' drink. Liquor.





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19 comments:

  1. Really nice curls first and foremost,secondly,love the way you bring your audience into your life with your write-ups... Simply special

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  2. Hmmmm lovely!!!


    Everydaytibs.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm smiling a shy smile. Thank you :-)

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  3. Let us not get ahead of ourselves on our justification or condemnation of our actions. People will be shocked at folks they will find in Heaven when its time to meet there.I would like to think that if God were to use our standards in assessing our actions,it would be over and out for all of us!

    In the end, except Christians start producing their own jobs,night clubs,drinking parlors ,and indeed all other places where the so called 'immoral' people gather, they may have to keep mingling from time to time with non Christians. Honestly, I would rather God deal with the things everyone else does, while I concentrate on fearing Him and keeping His commandments!

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    1. "I would like to think that if God were to use our standards in assessing our actions,it would be over and out for all of us!" ----> This just echoes exactly what a colleague said at work today albeit in a different context. We had a conversation about merits in the workplace and her opinion was if we are to retain/employ people in the company based on strictly merits, no one would be standing! That's heavy.

      Like you brother, I choose to focus on having reverence for God. Thanks Oma for the refreshing words of wisdom. (y)

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  4. Nice thought to mull over... Thank you my mentor, I will start thinking about this now

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  5. iLike. Finding the balance. You did it too. Well done

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    1. MyMyMy guess who is here; the spinner of fine rhymes. Salute Miss. Many thanks for dropping a comment.

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  6. 1 word.. Ooooooooosssshhheeey.. then jara words! Turn uP!!! in www.marriedinph.blogspot.com 's voice... You goRRa love Onyilola, you just goRRa love her... You know ehn Bubba! aDongeRRit. how women will use their koro koro eyes and go and come and put their head inside microwave oven.. Aha!! Do you ladies have to cook ya hair... **Oya lemme form Dr. Duru that i am not.. That thing might be affecting brain cells oh.. hheheheheh So you went to African shrine ba?! hmmmnnn.. Can we swap jobs.. Your ishe is always involving you Turning up oh! File ah! dont change it!! hehehehehe @ Ogogoro seller.. issorait! We are watcSHing you on HDTv..

    About striking a balance with Religion and Life.. Egbon I think there is always room for a balance.. I mean i for one love GOD pieces.. but the things this my Borry and hands have done scare me at what will happen at Rapture **(cleans sweat.. But oh well, just make sure that In all you do yeah! You are accountable to your conscience.. Act as if Oluwa was by your side.. but dont be afraid to live life.. making penance for when you fall... Its complicated somewhat.. But my advice is Dance like no one is watching yeah, but love GOD like he is dancing with you... Religion is not Christianity Lola.. Christianity is love for GOD... Dasall... Ossshheeey Turn uP

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    1. So if and I mean if Duru! If we swap jobs, what will I be doing? Gallivanting around town looking for Ribenas to make me special concoction? hehehehehehe

      And trust me I am a firm believer in heart-connection with God not someone who does religious Church activities, thinking that's what it takes to be a Christian. The question is not to reflect a confused state or personal qualms about what I do, it was asked for the purpose of conversation and opinion sharing.

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    2. Love your response to Duru. Lmao

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    3. Don't mind Duru jaare. Unfortunately I can't say further becos the guy don call me to plead say make I no attack am. As a young full-blooded guy now, gallivanting is needed.

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    4. hhheheheheheheheheh hahahahahahah hoohohohohoh ReallY?! Lola!!! Now this comment made me come back.. Ahan nah Lola.. **crying in French.. **Whispers Just so you know yeah,.. Amma gonna do you back :)

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  7. Hmm, First of, I'd like to apologize for being off this space for this long.
    That's a tough one there. I remember reading a broadcast about a jobless Deeper life member who had been believing God for a job and eventually got a robust offer from Guinness. That kain dilemma.
    Happy Birthday in advance/ arrears. Hope you had a fab celebration if you have and I hope you would whenever you do.

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    1. That kain dilemma...what did she do? Do you by chance know? Welcome back maami. My birthday is still some days away, maybe I should do a giveaway *thinking*

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  8. Great and interesting thoughts...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks blogoratti. Thank you for thanking me ;-) and for dropping by too.

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  9. It is all about you and your personal relationship with God just don't let your actions cause others to fall. What i don't like is a job that keeps from God especially that Sunday service but God knows best

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  10. Still looking for the pictures of all the waka.Sure t'was an eventful weekend for you and you still made time for worship, that's the balance!. A lot of times, we fail to strike that balance and end up forfeiting church service with this mantra "God will understand" God sure understands but the key is having a personal and unwavering relationship with HIM

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