BATTLE FOR SUCCESS
*Six Months Later*
Ekene was in his shop attending to some
customers when his phone started to ring.
Ekene checked the caller ID but he found
out that the caller’s ID is just ordinary
number. Ekene picked the call thinking the
caller was a customer.
Caller: Please am I speaking with Ekene?
Ekene: Yes and who am I speaking with?
Caller: Am chioma, Ifeoma’s friend. She
asked me to call you for her
Ekene: Okay. How is she doing?
Chioma: She is fine but she is in labour
Ekene: Okay but where is she now?
Chioma: i brought to the hospital so she is
in the maternity ward
Ekene: Please text me the hospital’s address
and I will be on my way right but can I ask
you a favour?
Chioma: Which is?
Ekene: Please stay with her in the hospital
Ekene ended the call, quickly attended to
the customers and luckily for him, his
master traveled. Ekene lied to the sales
girls that his master had just call to inform
him that some of their goods has just
arrived and he needs to follow the people
that brought the goods to the werwhouse
where they can off load the goods.
Fifteen minutes have passed but Ekene is
yet to find any keke. Ekene was about to
start trekking when he sighted a keke
coming towards his direction and he quickly
stop and entered it without bargaining with
The kekeman got to a particular junction
and stop when he sees other vehicle
owners stopping. He asked another
kekeman why they were all stopping and
the other keke man told him that two cars
were involve in an accident.
On hearing that, Ekene decided to trek if
he wants to get to the hospital on time.
Ekene brought out money to pay the
kekeman but the kekeman refused to
accept the money.
It took Ekene thirty minutes to get to the
hospital. He hurriedly entered the hospital
and met a lady sitting at the reception. His
instincts told him that that Lady was the
same Lady he had spoken with on the
phone few hours ago so he decided to start
up a conversation with her first to know if
she is Chioma or not.
Ekene greeted the lady and after they
exchanged peasantries, he asked her if she
is Chioma and she said “Yes”.
Ekene further asked her about Ifeoma but
she replied him by saying ” The doctors
haven’t told her anything for the past two
hours she brought Ifeoma to the hospital”.
And that left Ekene pacing back and forth
in the hospital.
An hour has passed and Ekene is yet to see
any doctor coming out of the maternity
ward so he decided to go meet the doctor
in the maternity ward but when he was
about heading there, the doctor came out
and told him that Ifeoma can’t give birth on
her own so he will have to deposit N70,000
for them to do an operation.
Ekene told the doctors to carry out the
operation while he goes to the bank to
withdraw the money which was a lie.
Ekene came out of hospital lost in deep
thought because he has no one or
anywhere he will be able to get the money
from. Ekene thought about asking Kate for
the money but later decided against it
because he was afraid that his master will
get to find out and if he does finds out,
that means end of him learning trade.
Ekene was still thinking of a way of raising
the money when a thought came flashing
through his mind
BATTLE FOR SUCCESS - Episode Three
Friday 11 May 2018