Saturday 20 November 2021



I was thinking this morning..... Top Nigerian celebrity and Afrobeat singer David Adeleke best known as Davido has been the topic of discussion on social media in the last few days after he challenged his friends to each send one million naira to his account for the celebration of his forthcoming 29th birthday and to clear his Rolls Royce from the port. The singer said the move was to know who his true friends are. It was reported that he raised N150m in less than 24 hours after posting his bank account details on his Instagram page.

Wow! So friends can do this? As at today, I have 2,883 friends on Facebook alone. I thought about jumping on the 'True Friendship Challenge' and request all my friends to send N1m into my account to celebrate International Men's Day. If I don't receive at least N2 billion in 24 hours, then I would've known that you all are not true friends. I was about to click send when a friend replied on his Facebook page saying 'If nor be say my friends never receive salary, wetin be N100 million wey we no go raise in 1 hour? Rubbish.' At this point, my brain had a reset.

As I smiled, I remembered a story I read recently. A retiree after 30 years of teaching fell ill and needed surgery that was to cost N7m. Unfortunately, his pension had been 'Maina'ed' and help from family had frozen in Calgary snow. He died shortly after. Oh if he knew, he could have asked his friends for N1m each, so he would know if they were true friends. He died without help.

People die in Nigeria daily because they lack as little as N1,000 either for food or medicine. Where are their true friends? Yet someone raised N150m in a day in the 'True friends challenge.' Truth is, true friendship cannot be determined by how much people give to you in your days of abundance and power, rather it is how much they give to you in your days of lack. True friendship is not about the quantity of friends you have but the quality of friends. It's not about who's real to your face but about those who stay loyal behind your back.

This is to let my true friends know that I appreciate them even without them sending a million naira to me. Proverbs 18:24 says 'A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.'

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey

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