The Resilient Civil Servant: A Story of Perseverance Amidst Life's Challenges

Once upon a time in Nigeria, there lived a civil servant who had to juggle the weight of the world on his shoulders. Despite earning a small salary of only 2500 Naira each month, he had two wives and ten children to support along with his ailing parents. They all lived in a rented house which cost him all of his salary and more each month.

The burden of responsibility was heavy on his shoulders as he tried to make ends meet, but his love for his family spurred him on. However, tough times hit him harder when his parents became unwell and he had to pay exorbitant hospital bills. He couldn't even afford to pay for his children's school fees and so had to watch them be deprived of an education.

His greatest challenge struck when his first daughter wished to tie the knot, and he had nothing to give as dowry, leaving him feeling like he had been caught between a rock and a hard place. He felt the ground beneath him crumbling as he received a notice from his landlord about possible eviction.

The fear of being homeless consumed him as he was unable to pay the rent on time and to make matters worse, he was in debt to the cooperative, adding to his financial strain.

But with the patience of Job, he persevered. He believed in the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" and with this in mind, he began to look for unconventional means of income.  Despite the odds, he never gave up or resigned himself to fate, instead, he always looked for the light at the end of the tunnel.

As fate would have it, his hard work and resilience paid off. One day he got a promotion, his salary increased, he cleared his debt, paid his daughter’s dowry, was able to pay his children's school fees, and most importantly, kept his family together. They continued to live in their rented house, and he could afford to take care of his parents’ medical bills.

Through his trials and tribulations, he never lost sight of the horizon or his spirit. His story inspired others that no matter how difficult life may get, never give up and always believe in a brighter tomorrow.



Muhammad Arabi Umar
Department of Languages and Cultures,
Federal University Gusau, Nigeria

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