1. Seember Nyager. Human Being


Eniyan ni aso iyi mi ti mo nfi bora

Humans, the Blankets of my existence

Seember was a friend but just another friend (like just another wordpress site) who lived in Abuja and also works in the civil society space. I know our paths might have been crossing all along in those endless civil society meetings of tea breaks and per diems but I never took our friendship too seriously.

However, as the burial ceremony of my father came close and I waited to cast his body into the ground in the most sombre moment of my life, I heard her loudly with her daily calls that she would come for the funeral ceremony. I took it lightly. After the wake-keeping which ended with a dirge and songs cast in long voices, I knew the next day would be tough. A flood of tears will rent the space. Our house had filled with humans marking every centimetre waiting for the final journey of my late good man – Mr. Bosun Onigbinde.

In the thickset of the night waiting for the hours to race till midnight, I heard the voice of Seember, in Ibadan! She was looking for my house in the middle of the night, the eve of the funeral ceremony. She was interested in being with me, holding firm my feeble hands while I held back my tears. I was shocked. This was 11:00pm.

I met Seember at the junction that forked to my house, located in the quiet outskirts of Ibadan. She followed me to the house, consoled my Mum.  She wanted to stay for the night but with the house filled to the brim and also myself finding no single space to lie, “ I asked myself, where will Seember sleep?” She beamed with a half smile.

“She will sleep beside me”.

Yes, right there on the passage, bare cement floor with thin blanket.

We finally found room for her in my sister’s room. She woke up and managed the bathroom and headed with us to Ogbomoso. She had come with an airport taxi driver from Lagos, who slept outside on a hard rock. She had taken an expensive air ticket and all she did was to follow us to Ogbomoso for the burial and turn back after five minutes.

Flesh held me bound and threw emotions into the lot.

“Maybe Seember wants something else.”

“ How does a lady risk this all?”

So I started doing some arithmetic in my head as my relationship then was badly floundering.

Nothing she risked that night on the potholed road Lagos to Ibadan was merchandise or even a love-bait. It had no strings, nothing attached. She was just being human, staying firm with another fatherless human.

I paused in times to wonder if I even took that stretch for friends. Not tossing cash into an account but with great pain, sacrificing time to just be human, for friends. I mean how much time do I give to friends? A lesson I am taking forward. 

These I pondered on and I told another friend of mine,” I can’t forget Seember neither can I forget this act.” We have gone together to secure joint funding to do a new project, rebuilt websites and even cracked jokes about that ‘secret’ wedding of hers. But  that pales to the risk she took that night.

Seember Nyager, Human Being

This post is part of the 30-day series on the “irinkinrido” adventure of Mr. Oluseun Onigbinde who clocks 30 this month. 


8 thoughts on “1. Seember Nyager. Human Being

  1. Well-written. I wasn’t present when this happened but, somehow, I can understand the sentiments conveyed here. And I can confirm them.

  2. lol.laughed at this part below.honest and real.
    ‘Maybe Seember wants something else.”

    “ How does a lady risk this all?”

    So I started doing some arithmetic in my head as my relationship was badly floundering.

  3. What an amazing write up to appreciate a wonderful friend! I’m a living witness of the story above , it was actually true reflection of service to humanity. She’s a kind and lovely human being Indeed. I was also surprised that very night she called Oluseun that “I’m now at Ibadan” she left ABUJA for LAGOS by flight(ARIK) then took a private Cab from LAGOS to IBADAN , Following day IBADAN to OGBOMOSHO for the final burial though she could not waited because she has to catch up with a flight back to Abuja. so she left with the same cab from OGBOMOSHO to IBADAN to LAGOS and took Flight back from LAGOS to ABUJA. all this Journey on AIR and LAND happened less than 24 hours. that Awsome! Though i met Seember for the first time that night and i was amazed and delighted as they says A Friend IN-NEED is a Friend IN-DEED. This young woman is an Epitome of Excellence, A unique creature among others, she’s a symbol of Goodwill, A Virtuous Woman. she’s an outstanding great Gem indeed. She’s Truly a unique human beings that worth her name to be written with a Golden pen in a book of Life and Engraved into the Hall of FAME of my good man a brother and mentor Mr Oluseun Onigbinde. keep on doing good Seember Nyager. Your worth is Priceless, you are a Rare Gem Indeed! Keep it up we appreciates you. Seember of Life….

  4. Don’t we all need friends like her? Now that is what it means to be a friend… Very touching.

    Happy birthday in advance Seun. I’ll be sure to read all Thirty posts in this series! 🙂

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