appointment but rejected it. Teaching, she said, is a profession that
stifles the progress of man. Moreover the reward of teachers is in
She was obsessed with the idea of working in a company.
After two years of unemployment she did not find life easy. It was
unbearable. She could not continue to beg for daily bread. It was
dehumanizing. She could not sell her body for money since she came
good Christian home. It was irritating to her to stay indoors.
This situation prevailed until she met Jerry Jones, an old school mate
promised he would get her a job. He gave her an appointment. When she
he introduced her to the idea of drug trafficking. He told her how
she would be in a short time and that she would finally be laughing at
who were ridiculing her when she had no money.
At first Rose objected to this proposal. Jones put more pressure on
because he feared Rose would expose him. She eventually succumbed,
thinking of the repercussions of being caught.
She made the first trip and a it was successful. There was plenty of
She did not believe how wealthy she had become. She was also
her second trip. Temptation, unlike opportunity, will always give one
second chance. She did not remember the saying, "Many days are for the
thief but one day for the owner of the house." The severe penalty for
pushing did not deter her. She began to live big in accordance with
Epicurean philosophy of "Enjoy today for tomorrow you may die."
Rose was caught in her fifth attempt. She would have wisely stopped
her first trip but "when a dog wants to die it does not perceive the
of excreta." Her master Jerry Jones, the drug baron, did not come to
aid. Rose was shown on the television screen as a drug pusher. She was
clamped into detention for two years before she was tried.
Rose spent a lot of money during her trial. She sold most of her
to hire a very brilliant lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Finally she was lucky to be discharged and acquitted for want of
But the first casualty was her freedom and the second her reputation
even though she was freed, people avoided her like a leper. Nobody
her for a wife any longer. She now realized that one should work
lawful ways to achieve satisfying success. A female drug pusher was a
to womanhood, that "slow and steady wins the race." She cursed the day
met Jerry Jones. "I wish I did not meet that man," she lamented.