How He Found Love Through Uber

Mike was tired of waiting for another job in Enugu after he lost his former job to redundancy, so he decided to relocate to Lagos to look for opportunities.

He borrowed his uncle’s car to start Uber business, fell in love on the road & his life transformed.

When Mike informed his uncle that he wants to relocate to Lagos to look for a job, his uncle told him that he was welcomed and Mike was excited.

So he started packing his bags to travel the following weekend, he got everything he needed and took the afternoon flight to Lagos.

Luckily for him his uncle stayed at Ajao Estate close to the airport, so he didn’t need any airport taxi to take him home.

He called his uncle when he landed and his uncle told him that he would send his mechanic down to the airport to get him.

So he waited at the “Arrivals”

The mechanic came to the airport, picked him and they headed home to his uncle’s house. He got to his uncle’s house, met the whole family at home.

He greeted them all as they welcomed him and showed him to the guest room, his uncle’s kids were still in primary school at the time

“Good evening uncle, good evening aunty” Mike greeted his uncle and his wife as he stepped in, “How are you children ?” Mike turned to the kids as he waved at them.

“Michael! Kedu” “Odimma”
“You’re welcome” “Thank sir”

And he went to settle in his room.

Mike settled in quickly & joined them in the living room to watch TV, they were all watching ‘The Johnson’s’ on Africa Magic.

“Haha.. I love spiff, has my favourite character” Mike said as he took his seat, “You watch the program?” Aunty Chinyere asked Mike.

“Yes o, I love it’

So they finished watching and his uncle asked him how his parents were, they asked of his siblings and jokingly asked if he was getting married soon since he is the only son in his family.

“Ahh no uncle, not now o!”

“Make I get job first na” Mike replied and they all laughed.

Several weeks passed by and Mike was unable to get a job, he started becoming frustrated. His aunt started losing respect for him, she started sending him on different errands.

Mike started washing the plates in the house, cleaning everywhere in the house.

His worries grew…

One day he went outside to buy some provisions but the store on his street wasn’t opened. So he walked down to the next street and asked a man walking where he could get provisions.

The man pointed towards a path and he followed, when he got there he found a small settlement.

He walked in a bit and noticed a small house with a provision store in front, as he walked closer her saw some boys sitting on a bench. They were smoking and drinking hot drinks, Mike told them he wanted to buy something so they called the shop owner him.

“Give me Milo madam’

While he was making his order he overhead them arguing about Bet9ja, he looked towards their direction “Celtic go draw that match, me I carry am straight draw and na 2 odds” Mike said, the paused and look at him in surprise; “Butty sef dey play Bet9ja ni?” Kamoru asked.

“Ah bros no reason am o, see my ticket for here sef” Mike replied as he brought out betslips from his pocket and showed them, “Ahh oshey omo aje!” Kamoru replied with a big green, “Washere! Oja si” he added as he collected the best slip from Mike to peep the line-up and stake.

Mike collected the provisions & also took back the betslip from kamoru, they thanked him & shook his hands as he found his way back home.

He got home, dropped the items & went back to his laptop to send out more applications. He got no feedback. He kept thinking of of what to do.

Later that night while he was scrolling through his timeline on twitter he saw a post from an Uber driver who said that he made about N150,000 from driving Uber, it got him thinking about the business. He remembered that his uncle had a Camry at the mechanic workshop.

Hmm.

He went to Google the requirements for registering on Uber & he read through, he felt he could start the business instead of waiting for a Tech job.

He concluded that he would pitch it to his uncle when he got back in the evening, to ask if he could fix & borrow him the Camry…

Mike waited for his uncle to come back because he usually comes back late & he was mostly asleep when his uncle returns, his uncle came in at about past 9 & sat down to watch the network news.

Mike took his bath in & came back to watch the news with him.

But his uncle was tired.

After the news; he thought of postponing the discussion because he noticed his uncle was tired, but he eventually summoned courage to ask his uncle for few minutes of his time.

“Uncle there’s something I want to discuss with you” Mike spoke, his uncle looked at him asked “what?”

Mike pitched the idea to his uncle & his uncle thought it was a good idea, Mike was excited about his uncle’s reaction.

“Okay I’ll call Ade to repair the car and bring it on Friday” his uncle said, “Ah thank you uncle Frank” Mike replied with so much excitement ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

“God bless U”

Fast forward.. Ade fixed the car and brought it home, everything was working fine and it was set to start work.

Mike registered on Uber and began his first trip the following Tuesday, before he got to 7&8 bus stop he already had a request.

He accepted & picked up the passenger.

Mike had started to earn a living from driving Uber, he now leaves the house in the morning and comes back at night. He was able to pay for things and he started feeling like a man once again.

While he was stepping in one day after work his girlfriend from Enugu calls him.

He picked the call & his girlfriend broke the news of her traditional marriage to him, “Hello, I don’t understand! What do u mean you’re getting married?” Mike asked.

She told him that her father had arranged a husband for her since he didn’t show signs of seriousness.

“What?”

Mike couldn’t believe it, “How did this happen?” Under how many months of leaving Enugu? How do I start from the scratch again? After 4 years?” Mike kept asking himself immediately he ended the call with Ada.

He just sat down on his bed and started to think of his life.

Nna eh.

“Mike!! Michael!!!” His uncle screamed his name from the living room, “Yes uncle!” Michael responded.

“Heard you’ve been indoors since you came back?” At that point Mike looked at the time & realised that he’d wasted almost 4 hours thinking about the breakup news,

“I Slept off”.

Mike’s aunt was unhappy that Mike no longer stays at home to assist with house chores, she gradually started becoming hostile to him.

She stopped giving him food so Mike started eating outside before he got home, she started complaining about every little thing he did.

Trouble.

The hostile behaviour against Mike went on for weeks without his uncle knowing, Mike started staying longer outside because of his aunt.

He would just come home late, take his bath and sleep.

His aunt wasn’t happy so she started to think of ways to make Mike “loyal” to her.

One Saturday morning before Mike went out to work, his uncle called him and told him he had something to discuss with him.

“What’s that sir?” Mike asked, then his uncle told him that his wife wants to start learning how to drive. & that the “available” car was the Camry with him.

“No problem sir”

So he would take her on driving lessons on Sunday & that when she was good enough to drive herself then she would take over the car, Mike had no choice than to accept.

He knew his aunt was doing this just to get back at him, so he thought of an escape plan.

Mike kept on sending out more job applications hoping that he would get a job before the car gets taken away from him, he had to work extra harder to save up some money.

The house became unbearable for him each passing day. He prayed & hoped for the best.

Mike’s aunt started her driving lessons and picked up very fast, she could start driving herself to work with the “L” within 3 weeks, Mike’s worries grew and he kept on wondering why he was going through all these.

He started becoming depressed and depended on his job for escape.

One hot afternoon while he was driving from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah to Jakande in Lekki, a lady flagged him down hastily close to a petrol station.

She was panting when she got to his car & just told Mike to please take her down to Osbourne.

“Relax ma, what’s the problem?”

Mike asked her what happened & why she was panicking, she was able to catch her breath for a bit & explained to him that she got robbed.

“They pointed the gun at me when I stopped to check my tyre just there ๐Ÿ˜ข (pointing to the filling station which was closed)”

Mike apologized.

So Mike asked her if she uses an iPhone & if it was in the car, “Yes! I do”. She told him that it was in her bag & that her bag was at the back seat.

“Okay, let’s try tracking the phone we maybe able to know their location” Mike suggested.

“Can u do that?”

“Yes I can”

Okay”.

Luckily for the lady who later introduced herself as Sandra, her phone was on silent and the robbers apparently didnt notice there was a phone in her bag.

Mike was able to track the phone, got the location and they called policemen from a nearby station who followed them there.

They got to the location somewhere around Eleko area of Lagos, the police surrounded the building. Lo & behold the car was there, they raided the place & arrested the armed robbers.

As they were bringing them out in handcuffs Mike went with Sandra to recover her car keys.

Thanks.

While they were bring out the suspects from their hideout Mike recognised one of them, so he took a second look & it was kamoru.

He looked at kamoru in the face & kamoru recognised him too;

“Bet9ja boy, na you go report us abi? I go show you” kamoru said to Mike with anger.

Mike couldn’t believe how kamoru came all the way from airport road to rob at lekki, he started being scared of what kamoru could do to him.

He tried so hard to hide his fear as he faced Sandra who couldn’t stop thanking Mike for helping her recover her car.

“Dun menshun”

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