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My ego almost cost me to lose N200m contract – Man reveals

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Today I re-learnt something I already known that never look down on someone because of where you met them, how you saw them, who you saw them with or when you saw them. Never”.

This is my story, at the site somewhere around Abuja, there was a beautifully built, light skinned lady whose simple heart made all to smile with good heart. She saw beyond workers work stained clothes and extended her soft hands of friendship to every workers, from the lowest labour to the highest, she appreciated everybody’s effort.

I am a contractor who stormed into the site to make quotations for the Interlocking. I was roughly between 45-50 years of age and with my ego I’m seeing that I have all it takes than all other workers so I reluctantly waved the back of my palm at all as I walked in, like a king. 10 minutes later, I highlighted on the front porch; “Hey, You, Yes Come” I commanded pointing towards the beautiful lady.

She stood up, dusted her gown and proceeded towards me and as soon as she got to me, I pulled out a change of 200 Naira from my back pocket and asked her to go and get me a cold bottle of coke with some snacks. “Okay Sir!” She answered politely and walked away. I stared at her and nodded my head as she left. 15 minutes later, I was done with the quotations, billed at Two Hundred Million Naira so I called the Alhaji to inform him and the Alhaji asked me to give the quotations to the Madam, that the madam has the final say.

I scanned around the environment and said the Madam was not around so the Alhaji asked me to hold on, ended the call one second and dialed Madam’s number. “ Beem beem! Beem Beem! “ the line rang and rang and then there was a pick up. Madam told Alhaji that she is very much around and sitting under the tree beside the house.

She suggested the Alhaji should send her number to me so I can reach her directly. Barely one minute after his call dropped, I called Madam’s number and behold Madam was the light skinned lady that was sitting with me, the Lady that bought me coke and doughnut.

I was so embarrassed, so ashamed, I felt so stupid that I got frozen with the phone beeping over my ear. At this stage, I knew there was no point submitting the quotation, my ego has cost me Two Million Naira contract.

I was certain that nothing could get me the contract, and I was right but something strange happened when I was about leaving. Madam approached me and said: “ Hello Sir, Is that the quotations? Okay, hope we didn’t stress you too much, don’t worry, the contract is yours.

Just send in your details, I will do a transfer in the morning! “. My eyes blinded with tears, the Madam saw it, most of the workers saw it too as I slowly walked away in tears into the sunset.

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