A LADY’s REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE AT THE IKEJA MALL, LAGOS NIGERIA
A young lady visited the Ikeja Mall. While standing at the entrance, She was suddenly approached by one of the Fulani girls from the maghreb who beg for money. The little girl smiled towards the young lady and spoke pidgin saying “Aunty, make you give me money make I buy food chop”. Then the young lady smiled back and replied, “I have not also eaten since morning”.
The little girl asked her if its really true and the Lady said “Oh yes”. Then the little girl handed the lady all the naira notes she had in her hand to buy some food. The young lady was surprised so She asked the little girl if she could really use her money and she said yes.
When the lady counted the money, it was 110 naira. The lady told her it won’t be enough to buy food. The girl then asked the young lady to wait for a minute. The girl rushed to a corner where she keeps all her money and brought 200 naira. Then the little girl said “300 naira should be enough to buy rice”.
The lady told her that she would still need water. She then asked the young lady to wait so she begs people for money for her. After about 15 minutes, the little girl came back with 10 naira which she gave to the young lady. She then told the young lady that She can give her directions to a canteen where food is affordable. The young lady followed her.
While the young lady engaged her in conversation at the canteen, People starred at them and some said the young lady shouldn’t mind the girl because she was a beggar but she ignored them.
While they waited for food, the young lady asked her some questions. The little girl’s name is Leila and she’s 10yrs old. The young lady asked why Leila gave her all her money. This was her reply in English, she said “You are hungry Aunty. I am a beggar and I can beg for money when am hungry but you cannot”.
At this point, the young lady could no longer hold back her tears and now people were wondering what conversation they were having that had put tears in her eyes. She gave Leila back her money but the girl was disappointed, so she asked why. The young lady told her that she was only waiting for a friend who is inside the Mall and wanted company.
She ordered enough food for the girl and some drinks. She took the girl to her Car and took pictures with her.
I am sure you have learnt something from this. Christianity, is behaving like Christ. This little girl is more Christian than many of us who go to Church 24/7.
If you are a Christian, First, live the life of Christ. Let’s live daily like we have no tomorrow to live.”
My view: By the friend and witness whose Facebook wall the story was taken:
This piece truly blesses me. Though young and seemingly without help, this young girl has a heart of God.
God bless those who raised her. Her situation doesn’t determine her disposition.