Humbled Short Story

HUMBLED (Short Story)

Nkechi was getting impatient as the okada man searched for her N300.00 change. She had missed most of the church service for her friend Chiamaka’s wedding, that last Saturday in January, but she didn’t want to miss the photo session before the reception. She adjusted the red belt on her cream Vera Wang cotton-linen dress and smoothed out the creases on it from the ride as best as she could.

She was still smarting from the fact that she had to pay N200.00 for the short ride from her house to the church hosting the wedding but remembered with a note of mischief her abuse of the okada rider before climbing on his bike. She began to yell at him to hurry up. After another minute or so, he emerged from the provision store where he had gone to find the change.

As he briskly walked towards her, her new crush from the street adjacent her house, Obinna, approached in his sleek BMW. Nkechi self-consciously touched her gelled hair that was pulled into a curly attachment at the top but realised as he drove past that Obinna hadn’t looked at her. His attention was on the okada guy. “Mtcheew,” she hissed.

Presently, Obinna parked a few metres away and alighted from the car.

“Magical Mike,” he hailed.

The okada man looked up and his face broke into a smile. Obinna ran and hugged him. Nkechi momentarily forgot about the wedding. Her curiosity was piqued. She wanted to know what Obinna, a doctorate degree holder and university lecturer who had recently returned from Sheffield, had to do with an ordinary okada man. Their looks and dressing showed their different stations in life: Obinna was clean-shaven and spiffy in a green ankara jumpsuit and brown leather sandals while the okada man looked as people in his trade do during the harmattan season- bundled up in an old jacket and woollen cap.

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Slinging the long strap of her red Givenchy purse across her left shoulder, Nkechi began a very slow counting of the change she had received in tiny denominations while eavesdropping on the conversation between the two young men.

But she could only do that for so long. To get the full gist, she walked over gingerly in her matching red, high-heeled, Sergio Rossi sandals, greeted Obinna and introduced herself as his neighbour, thus inserting herself into the midst of the two friends as their reunion unfolded.

Humbled Short Story

Long story short: They had been classmates at ESUT (Pol. Science) and the okada man had graduated at the top of the class. While Obinna’s parents sent him abroad for further studies, Mike bought a motorcycle with his convocation prize money to help him take care of his ailing mum and siblings while looking for elusive jobs.

Excited about meeting his old friend whom he’d lost touch with, Obinna invited him and the neighbourhood girl who seemed keenly interested in their stories to a nearby eatery for refreshments. Nkechi declined, satisfied that having met Obinna at close range, he would recognise and greet her henceforth.

Meanwhile, embarrassed at her earlier rudeness to Mike, she apologised. Her excuse, which was that she didn’t know he was a graduate, sounded lame even to her. She was yet to gain admission into the university herself but she didn’t entertain insults from anyone.

It seemed that working as a receptionist at a five-star hotel had warped her perspective, causing her to look down on people in blue collar work. She was humbled beyond words and offered to return the change to Mike, who thanked her for the gesture but refused to collect it. She had just been too conceited to know that many people are worth more than what you see on the surface, Nkechi told herself.

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Now, she looks at people differently, taking time to answer greetings from everyone, greeting them first sometimes and generally being courteous, not just at her duty post, but everywhere.

-The end-

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2021

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215 comments

  • Willie Albert Zikiye

    Humility is one of the piquant characteristics one should possess throughout life. Those who lack this precious trait often find themselves in tight corners. Ma, thank you so much.

  • Ossai Chidimma Linda

    Humility is a virtue rewarding but yet difficult for a lot of people to abide by. Respect has gone with the Sumner wind.

  • Ikea Joy Chiamaka

    I had a similar experience few months ago, minus the insults, of course. I boarded a public bus with my mom to go shopping in another town. The man sitting next to me tried severally to strike up conversation between us but I just wasn’t interested. At a point I resorted to blocking him out by using my earpiece to listen to music. He wasn’t bothering me, as a matter of fact, he just looked uninteresting so I didn’t pay attention to him. Few weeks later, I discovered that the man was in fact, one of the richest men in our town-a business mogul, no less. Now I’d like to think that I’m the kind of person who would have treated him the same regardless of his status, but I can’t honestly say that. Once in a while I think back to that encounter and wish I acted differently, maybe paid a little bit more attention to what he had to say.
    My point is, consciously or unconsciously, we tend to judge people based on their outward appearance and treat them accordingly. Oftentimes, we might even be justified. It would, however, be a better world if we treat everybody with as much respect as we would the most important people in our lives.

  • Enukora Onyedikachi Blessing

    Humility is one character that is hard to acquire. Man is an epitome of pride, sometimes even in death. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, it can be attained, and when one does, it becomes a second skin.

  • Onyekachi Obumneme Agbo

    It is not good to look down on people. The one you are looking down on today has the potential of becoming the best you look out for in a person tomorrow. Besides, we are all humans and discrimination is not supported by God. Many people are in manual jobs in this country, not because they don’t deserve or merit good-paying white collar jobs but because of the unemployment condition of the country. Our generosity to people should not be inspired by what we think we can benefit from them but because it is the right thing to do.
    Thank you, Ma. I’m blessed by this story.

  • Abiayi Ify

    Humility is very important in our daily living. That’s why the Bible says God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. It pays to be humble. Jesus is a wonderful example of humility personified. Thank you so much ma for the reminder.

  • Ezeh chimezie Amos

    A normal human being shouldn’t look down on anyone no matter how the person dressed. Working as a receptionist at a five star hotel didn’t change Nkechi. Humility comes inbuilt in anyone that has it. Though you can still learn if you aren’t born with it.

  • Kooyon Abigail Aershimana

    Some people are funny ?????
    So if it weren’t for Obinna she wouldn’t have apologized to Mike. It’s so pathetic.
    People miss opportunities simply because of such mistakes N.K made.
    I know of someone who got a scholarship just because he greeted and stood up for an elderly woman to sit at a park…
    Blessings and rewards come from these things we see as little or take for granted.
    And even if they don’t, just do them because they’re the rightful things to do.
    I don’t know if there’s any religion that preaches violence, rudeness or disobedience?
    Let’s learn to be humble and respectful to people regardless of their sex, age, race, tribe, religion, backgrounds etc.
    What goes around comes around so don’t do to others that which if done unto you, you won’t like.

    • Wonderful admonition. Thank you, Abigail. I’ll soon start calling you Mother in Israel. But seriously, thank you very much.

      • Kooyon Abigail Aershimana

        ???
        Mother in Israel? ??????
        That got me. I’m sorry mummy but it sounds funny ??????
        Thank you much more ma for the wonderful work you’re doing here.
        You’re really training us on how to be humans because since the world is revolving, we tend to be revolving with it and hence we have lost value for one another (humanity).
        I must say you’re correcting this cynical attitude of ours and I so much love it.
        I absolutely don’t know where our generation is headed but I can bet that these are the kind of things we need to regain our sanity.
        God bless you abundantly and before I forget, Happy Easter!
        ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

        • Glory to God and happy Easter to you too! ?

          • Ezeh Loveth chinemerem

            Humility is very important in our lives.people should never be in a hurry to judge people because of the way they looks

          • Iyorakpo Dorathy

            I think short stories are going to be my favorite category hence forth! Humility is priceless, and as such one should learn not to look down on anybody regardless of who they are.

  • Ugochi

    We should never be in a hurry to judge people’s situations. You do not know what they are going through until you walk in their shoes.

  • Egbo Paul Uchenna

    Life is a teacher.. And I think this story further buttresses this quote. “There’s more than meets the eye”

  • Ezeah Jennifer nnedinso

    Oh, what a touching story!

  • Onah Chidimma Vivian

    Yes people will respect you more based on your qualifications but I mean everyone deserves to be treated nicely. Lol she only saw fault in her behavior when Obinna spoke to him

  • This is such an interesting story, I wanted it to continue. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life, it’s that you shouldn’t try to tell a book by its cover, no matter the situation.

  • Amaugo, Stephanie Chidinma

    Wow, this is lovely! Regardless of your position in life, do not look down on people. Stay humble. Finally, it’s the little things that really matter. For instance, she should have politely requested for her change but no, she chose to talk to the okada man rudely. In addition to what you shared, humility brings upliftment. Just as James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” Thank you Ma! God bless you

  • Ugochukwu Chah

    It pays to be humble and I am glad Nkechi learnt that and accepted it wholeheartedly.

  • Indeed, people are worth more than we see on the surface.

    Thank you so much Ma’am for this story.

    Happy Easter to you. ❤️

  • oforgu ifeanyi Augustine

    At that moment, I knew regret became a companion. But a lesson to be learnt; always put out your humble foot in each sphere you find yourself. Be nice…

  • Many people do not understand the simplicity in being simple. Humility is not faked or professed, it is tested. Tested in arguments, greeting, dressing, speaking and even serving punishment.

  • Paschal Odigonma Victoria

    Many of us have acted like Nkechi in one way or the other. Even belittling people we “believe” we are superior to because of age, status or class. We should all learn to be nice, physical appearance is just a modicum of who we are. There’s so much more within to discover when we are patient, nice and hospitable.

  • The story goes with the popular saying” Do not jugde the book by the cover’
    One should not be judged by their appearance .
    Also, we dont need to know much about a person’s reputation before deciding on how to address or treat him or her
    Do what is needful and right.

  • Great one ma, Nkechi learnt her lesson the hard way. humility is a virtue that is difficult to acquire. one can only pray for the wisdom and spirit of humility.

    • Abangwu Tochi

      Is good to be humble,Nkechi should thank God that she learnt her lessons on time especially at the stage of seeking admission because a lot of people has fall victim of this attitude, therefore missing there opportunities.Thank you ma,for this educative story.

  • We really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. People missed their opportunities by looking down on people. Most people even feign being humble when they are not. But I must say, humility is a difficult virtue to keep. I will try to be humble in life. Thanks for your reminder Ma.

  • Stephanie Ada Wakwe

    We should never judge a book by its cover.
    Discrimination is not the key to a healthy society,we should learn to see ourselves as equal in the society irrespective of our backgrounds.
    Thank you ma.

  • Aroh Anthonia Ifeoma

    We all should try as much as possible to accord people with their due respect. Youths especially are fond of this. Not greeting the cleaner, cab driver or bike man first can also be likened to this.

  • Humility they say is virtues,but we at some points find it difficult to keep.
    It pays to be humble and God lifts those who are humble.
    This story is nice and educative.
    Thanks Ma for letting us see this.

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    One of the most dominant traits that Jesus exhibited throughout his stay on earth was humility. When he washed the disciples feet, he showed humbleness. That is why every one who calls himself/herself a Christian should strive to be humble because that is one of the major characteristics a Christian should possess.

  • Offor Priscilla tobechi

    Thank you for ma for this wonderful message you have instilled in us, through it we have learnt a remarkable lesson. That we shouldn’t be disrespectful to the people no matter the status or class and that we should be humble to people and Christ also showed the examplary life of humility in the Bible when he washed his disciples’ feet. We should all emulate that kind of life and show kindness to the people we meet in our daily lives. Thank you and God bless.

  • Chukwukanne chinecherem winner

    Humility is very important in our daily life. We should learn how to respect people irrespective of how they dress or where we meet them and we should also know that first impression matters alot.

  • Humility is very important
    Same goes to respect

  • Maduabuchi Christiana

    Wow! God bless you ma,pride is the downfall of man. Let us try to be humble in this life and avoid looking down on people.

  • Anekwe Paschaline

    These days people tend to judge others according to the way they dress, speak or even the work they do. Most of them see themselves as people of class and label others classless forgetting that things are not always what they seem. Another insightful story once again Ma. Thank you

  • Williams Blessing Ngozi

    Pride is the downfall of every man.
    We should try as much as possible not to look down on anyone no matter the person’s status because everyone is worth something.

  • Wonderful! this article is worth reading and reading again. With this story I can understand that the personality and worth of a person isn’t measured by physical appearance. Thank you, ma.

  • Ezeobi Chisom Success

    This story has really proved that humility is a virtue….
    One must really strive to possess this outstanding quality.
    Also, one must never look down on others irrespective of the circumstance

  • Glory Oluchi

    This story is amusing. Someone who hasn’t gotten admission being rude to another whom she considers not to be a graduate. I’m sure it will take time before she recovers from that shock and I hope the experience humbles her forever

  • Nwoye Chiamaka Favour

    It is easy to look down on people especially when they seem to be beneath our “level” but we need to learn to treat every one with respect . Lastly humility is a trait every one should imbibe because pride would lead to a fall , always.

  • Oruma Nneoma Goodnews

    I was reading this story with so much curiosity to know what it was trying to point out.The conclusion really awed me.I thought it would be like everyday stories that can easily be predicted.Courtesy as a major theme in the story is very important and essential.Even though the society we are in has neglected it as a major value, we should do well to embrace it.Nkechi looked down on the Okada man and what happened at the end was quite shocking.We should all learn to be courteous and never to look down on people.Life is very unpredictable.We should be good and value based humans.

  • Adebanjo Adenike Rebecca

    Am trying to remember a bible passage which goes thus”the humbled shall be exalted….. This story depic twhat is paramount in our society today. Your appearance adjudged who you are to people. Luxury appearance earn one respect while the casual dress simply person is not awarded any reverence. Nkechi story shows humility is the key. I than God she learnt her lesson.

  • Abiayi Ifeonuchukwu

    There’s a popular saying that says that it’s only he who wears the shoe, that knows where it hurts. Most times we see people and just instantly make conclusion on their personalities not minding their age,tribe or religion and we begin to assume we are way better off than they are.
    Humility is priceless and if only the majority of us will just humble ourselves and get to know people before concluding on their personalities,then the world will be a better place.
    Thank you ma….God bless you.

  • Ajah Ugochi Agnes

    Humility is a virtue every human should aspire to have. It is said that where your money or wealth can’t take you humility will. We need to be careful of the way we judge people. Who are you to judge me without knowing me?
    As humans we should never treat another as not worth associating with us. The Bible says “Jesus was humble unto death”. Humility is a key.

  • Chikwesiri Uka

    Wonderful story ma. I often wonder why people treat their fellow human beings like they are nothing just because you think you are better than them. They way people yell at waiters like they are useless, we often forget we’re all just trying to make a living, and life can change for anyone, anytime.

  • Akwara Ndukwe

    It really pays to be humble,had it been the girl wasn’t rude to the okada man,her condition would have been better

  • Ndukwe akwara

    This is a really a nice story there is a saying that good name is better than money or anything else,being humble can open so many ways for one . things which people find hard to get ,with good character the sky is the begining .thanks and remain blessed.

  • Uchegbu Ogechi Elizabeth

    Thank you ma for this short story..

    Even the Bible said that we should be humble in everything we do and people will appreciate it more than gifts and the Lord will be pleased with you

  • Kelly Anwulika Bernice

    I love the story,it was actually straight to the point.
    It’s help to bring back sanity in a world were people have lame excuse for being rude.
    Humility is the key because we don’t actually know who is who in this country,we should try not to judge people by their outward appearance.

  • John Adoyi

    Humility is the key to success. looking down on people doesn’t take you anywhere instead it brings you down.

  • OKORO UGOCHI ANGEL

    sometimes those been looked down upon have legitimate job that is not enticing to some of us than those who got their wealth through fraudulent means (pls. Obinna not a case study). we should try to regard our fellow human being no matter their circumstance.

  • Chilaka Vivian

    Humility is a virtue and a sign of respect. We are to learn to respect people not really because of who they are but because it’s a virtue in us.

  • Ekenworah Chidinma

    This is a thrilling story, it has its own peculiar lesson, it simply teaching us how to be “Humble” in life, don’t look down on people because of their current situation, cause life is indeed very unpredictable, humble yourself when you are dealing with others cause you meant not be opportuned to correct your mistakes.

  • This story is full of lessons especially for the ladies. because a man can disguise himself and approach you, but because you lack respect and humility you might loose your destined partner or destiny helper. so we must have respect for everyone regardless of who they are. Thank you ma for this piece of advice.

  • Amarachi Juliet

    Judging people without really getting to know them could turn out really ugly.

  • Wow, what a nice story.The bible says that God honours the humble. Always find yourself humble in everything you do.it is very important.

  • Abangwu Tochi

    Lesson: I learnt to appreciate people irrespective of their social status

  • EMMANUEL AGBOWO

    Humility is a virtue that only the wise uses always to gain favour from the least places….?
    A wonderful story, from the names of the wears the price can buy a car ?. I love obinna’s dressing.

  • Ibeh Lorretta Chiamaka

    Anyone who humbles himself will be exalted. Treating people as less important because of their situation or condition is wrong. We should learn to value everyone not minding their background.

  • Okochi Chinonso

    I’ve always learnt not to look down on anyone irrespective of one’s status or race, nobody knows tomorrow! Nobody knows what tomorrow has in store for us. Humility pays indeed

    • Okeke Obinna Clinton

      Humility is indeed the key, what comes after pride is downfall, nice one from you ma, even though people always make others look like they are wicked

  • Chioma

    A nice story indeed ma
    No matter where we find ourselves, in any situation we should always be humble…even the bible says God will lift the humble and humble the proud….thank you ma

  • Nwoke uchenna

    Been humble is the best thing,we can do on this life. Because we don’t know where our help might come from

  • Being rude is never the best option, it always good to be humble.

  • Chibuife Isaac Chukwuebuka

    Wow!!!! Such an interesting story. We should learn not to judge a book by its cover. Humility is a great virtue every individual should imbibe. The bible says “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble”

  • Sambo Deborah Friday

    Humility is a very important virtue that every one my have, most people tend to look down on people which is a very bad habit

  • Sambo Deborah Friday

    Humility is a virtue that everyone must have. Most people tend to look down on people which is a very bad habit

  • Ugwu Doris chinenye

    OMG this story is centers on there’s no hurry in life and right attitude to everyone around you because people don’t normally appears the way they are.
    This made me remember what happened last two years when I got admitted in UNN my secondary school teachers where surprised I was admitted all because they felt I wasn’t reading and serious about my studies. All those they couched and encourage that too first positions in school didn’t enter school.
    This was when they believe you don’t underestimate any student. Everything depends on the grace of God upon your life.

  • Mecha Favour Onyedikachi

    Do not judge people by their current situation because you do not know what they would become in the future. We should also not look down on people’s means of living. We should be humble no matter our how rich we are or our positions on the society.

  • It takes nothing to be humble rather it exalts one.

  • Chukwuemeka uchechukwu pepertua

    In our society today,humility is a rare virtue .If Everyone learn this virtue Nigeria will be a better place to be.

  • Obiora Miracle onyinyechi

    Humility is the key to success, but it is a rare virtue now .

  • Emmanuel Eze

    Humility is a virtue which only few possess that is why I have made it a vow not to look down on anyone because I realize I’m where I am today just because of God’s Grace

  • Chukwumalume Ozioma

    Everyone is equal in the eyes of God. The earlier we realize this, the better. One’s status on earth does not make him any better than another person.

  • Stephen Ofojeh

    This is a very nice story that teaches humility and its importance.

  • Ugwu Somtochukwu

    It is never a good thing to overlook an individual maybe because of the person’s appearance, job and so on. We should learn to appreciate ourselves because each and every one of us is a Masterpiece of Jah’s creation with our own uniqueness regardless of social class. We should also remember that no condition is permanent. Thank you Ma.

  • Madubugwu Happiness

    It’s never good to despise or look down on people, maybe because of their present condition. Humility is an indispensable virtue we must try to inculcate in our lives . Thank you ma for the inspiration.

  • Amoke Annastasia Chidimma

    Never look down on anyone because no one can tell who will be your savour tomorrow

  • Amoke Annastasia Chidimma

    Never look down on anyone because no one can tell who will be your savour tomorrow. Do not judge a person according to his look

  • Amoke Annastasia Chidimma

    Never look down on anyone because no one can tell who will be there savour tomorrow and don’t judge someone by his or her look

  • Victoria Chigere

    Being humble doesn’t cost a thing, we should always try to treat everyone equally irrespective of their status.

  • Humility is one virtue that is not easy to come by especially in our generation. We tend to look down on a people because of their appearance and the kind of work they do, which is not good. Let’s respect every individuals irrespective of their status.

  • Nwoke uchenna

    Been humble is the best thing we could do on this life. Because we don’t know where our help might come from.

  • Eze Nelson Emeka

    Humility is a virtue,We should not look down on people no matter how we see or meet them.

  • We ought to be humble always not just because of the benefits humility brings. But rather we should see it as a way of life.
    Nice story
    Thanks ma

  • Ugwu Doris c

    From the story Nkechi was an impatient person but at the end she looks at people differently which made her different and humble because her life was transformed from the story of the bike man she insulted and abused.

  • Akpom Chinazor Kamdilichukwu

    Humility is an attractive and rewarding quality and assert one should acquire. The bible says that God will bring down the proud and uplift the humble. For a woman, humility is a virtuous trait and should be acquired. It is not easy but it is achievable.

  • Onoh Chinenye Judith

    Humility is one of the hardest virtues to imitate. You might think you’re humble where you are now but just wait till you hit a jackpot and start driving the latest cars and living in the most expensive estates, before you can even say Jack your mindset will change to something so unrecognizable. Just as in Nkechi’s case, she looked down on blue collar workers because she worked at a five star hotel and later on, it turned out that the mere okada man was far better than her proud self. This was a necessary example ma, and I’m grateful that you set out your time to put this down.

  • Maureen

    “She didn’t know he was a graduate”? Lmao…A Funny, interesting and educative piece.
    Reading this post, I got more lesson from Obinna. He is so humble that he had to run and hug his mate not minding how unkept he looked . We should stay humble no matter the position we find ourselves in.

  • Humility is the greatest virtue. It takes you places

  • Ikonne Vicory Ozioma

    No one knows who would be of help tomorrow, it’s good we all keep pride aside and become humble even as Christ advised.
    I love the use of suspense in the middle of the story ma. Great one!

  • Humility is very important in our everyday life. One needs respect others regardless of age, race, gender, religion, nationality or status.

  • Udop Reyner Ivor

    Be humble and full of nice words to others. You don’t know who is who or what that person’s story is. Never look down on anyone except you are appreciating their shoes.

  • This is a very nice story that teaches about humility, even in the holy bible God despise the proud and the humble he blesses .

  • Humility is a virtue not everyone has, most persons thinks being rude makes them above the other which is not true, don’t be rude to people because they look haggard or be nice to people because they look decent but rather be humble not just because of its benefit but because it’s the right thing to do.

  • UFOH CHIDIEBERE STEPHANIE

    We all should learn how to respect and see people the way we want to be treated not minding the circumstances surrounding such persons

  • Ebeyi Emmanuel

    In every aspect of life we should learn to be humble cause we never can tell what our tomorrow will be

  • Pride has never and will never take anybody to any greater height in life. I so much enjoyed the story. I have a word for us all
    The person you take for granted today may eventually turn out to be the person you need tomorrow so be extremely careful how you treat people for life is unpredictable.

  • Nwoke uchenna

    Been humble is the best thing we could do in this life. We don’t know where help might come from.

  • Eze Goodness mmesoma

    Seriously if not that nkechi found out who the okada man was she wouldn’t have apologized,some people self.why would she look down on people in the first place that is as a result of lack of home training.

  • Nnamani Adaobi

    Thank you for this insightful writing ma !……I believe our story will change for good if this virtue is acquired in our society and in our doings!

  • Okafor Agatha Ifeoma

    Don’t look down on people, you don’t know what they are capable to do for you, be humble to associate with people

  • Amoke Annastasia Chidimma

    Never look down on anyone because no one can tell who will be there savour tomorrow

  • Ibrahim Mariam

    Humility they say is a vital aspect in ones life and it’s the most lacking in most of the individual today we should learn to be good and do not judge people by first instance.tanks ma.

  • “many people are worth more than what you see on the surface” (Edith ohaja). Don’t look down on anybody, that person you shun or insult could be someone that can help you in life . this world is a small world, treat everyone with great hospitality

  • Nweze Mary Chioma

    Wow! Life is really a bag of surprises. Who would have believed that a bike man was actually a graduate and the lady cursing and hissing was yet to see the four walls the university? Well, I’m glad she learnt her lesson in the end. It really pays to treat people right irrespective of their status or appearance.

  • Richards Orighomisan Mercy

    We thank God for her life. Pride always go before a fall. So much to learn from this, thank you so much ma.

  • OGBONNA THANKGOD OBIECHINA

    Oh yes! people are worth more than they look on the surface!

  • Njepuome Nmesoma

    An intresting story with a very good moral lesson.
    Thank you ma for reminding me of the need to be humble and respectful regardless of the situation.

  • Onoh Chinenye

    Humility is one of the hardest virtues to imitate. You might think you’re humble where you are now but just wait till you hit a jackpot and start driving the latest cars and living in the most expensive estates, before you can even say Jack, your mindset would change to something so unrecognizable. Just as in Nkechi’s case, she looked down on blue collar workers because she worked at a five star hotel and later on, it turned out that the mere Okada man was far better than her proud self. This was a necessary example, ma and I’m grateful that you set out your time to put this down.

  • Precious Udeh

    The problem in this our generation today is that most people are materialistic, no fear of God, as the Bible said Matt:23:12 for those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. we should always be humble to be exalted.

  • Nkan David

    So touching a story. Never look down on anyone in life, no matter the condition they’re passing through…. It’s actually good Nkechi felt sorry and changed her character in regards to her relationship with people…

  • Nnaji Esther uchechukwu

    Ok, well the story is very interesting but for me this story has a deeper meaning thank God nkechi learnt her lesson on time. We should be very humble in every aspect of life we really don’t know what condition have made people in the situation they are in.
    I really love the story and I thank God for the life of nkechi

  • Ibe Favour Kalu

    Lots of people we meet in life that we normally look down on are far better than us. We only look on the surface, but if we could look deeper, we would see what they carry. This is a lesson to us: to be humble and never look down on people. Humility pays.

  • Nweke Onyenuche Destiny

    Touching!

  • Chukwuma Ifeanyi Williams

    This story is a typical example of “don’t judge a book by its cover”
    We should all learn to be respectful and treat everyone equally.

  • Anarah Chisom

    If our Lord Jesus Christ was able to put his heavenly royalty behind him, and came down on Earth to save a race full of evil and darkness, then everyone else should put their shoulders down and be humble. Humility is like the trademark of a good Christian character. Nkechi was in for some good shock.

  • Nwawulu Arinze

    The story shows that humility is the best way to live our life , God can bless anybody ,don’t look down at anybody nobody is special ..

  • Nwokedi Fortune Odinakachi

    Being rude to people as a result of situations which you know nothing about? So bad! “Ignorant of the fact that he’s a graduate” very lame indeed! What has being a graduate or not got do with respect?
    Experiences teaches better!

  • Peter Chinecherem Nathaniel

    “God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. Humility is a very rare trait that many people lack, as many people tend to look down on so many people just because of their present circumstances, forgetting that, the person you look down on today, will be your saviour tomorrow… I pray God helps ua

  • Chukwu Joy Chioma

    Although it is difficult not to judge one by appearance, it is something I’m steadily trying to incorporate and I hope other people should too. Most people are so fond of looking down on people that don’t fit in their particular standard of “respect-worthiness”.

  • Iwuchukwu Vivian Chinagolum

    We need to embrace the art of humility

  • Chinenye Enwerem

    Indeed one should never judge a book by its cover. You don’t know the story of a person so never be quick to judge others

  • Iwuchukwu Vivian Chinagolum

    we need to embrace the art of humility.

  • Chisom Efobi

    Don’t look down on anybody irrespective of who they are
    Little things like this has made people loose great opportunities in life

  • Amalu precious

    Humility has always been, and will always remain the sole requirement to be a good and responsible human being. Nobody, not even a day old child should ever be looked down on because every single person has his/her worth ?

  • Ekeh ifunanya Cynthia

    No one can see what the other is going through from their face and that is enough reason for we all to Master the act of humility,life is already hard for the okada man for people to be looking down on him on Daily basis will only make his life more miserable

  • Ugwu Bridget

    Being humble is best than allow yourself to be brought down even the Bible tells us that he that exalted himself shall be humbled.

  • Odey-Oko Victor

    This is very sad as it is seen that people are addressed according to the level of their social status. We should try as much as possible to respect everyone trying to earn a living out there.

  • Ekeh ifunanya Cynthia

    Because no one can read what the other is going through from their face is enough reason for we all to master the act of humility,life is already hard for the okada man,encountering people who looks down him will only make his life more miserable.

  • In this life one has to be humble and be your self be one can never tell who is who in this life the person we look down on can be your destiny helper so everyone has to be treated equally with respect

  • Ani Chelsea Nzubechukwu

    Try to be humble to people not minding the way they look because we don’t know who might be our helper tomorrow.

  • Ezema Johnmartins Kelechi

    This is a great lesson to learn from the okada man. Having attained such height academically, he still lowered himself to do the job many people in his position wouldn’t consider doing. Imagine as a first class student having to meet your classmates on the street as an okada rider. I think that should be enough lesson. And for the girl, she too has learnt her lesson and how I wish we too can learn from the story.

  • Igboka chidimma

    Humility is a sure virtue that is meant to be acquired by all

  • Dick-Unegbu Jennifer

    Judging a book by its cover is a mistake many people make, including me, which is very wrong.
    Humility is an attribute everyone should possess, Thank you Ma.

  • Okwa Ihuoma Jessica

    Always treat everyone well, you never know who is who

  • No matter the level you have reached in this life, its not good to look down on people because of the way they appear or dress,that person you neglected and looked down on today might be your divine helper tomorrow .Humility is priceless, we should learn how to accommodate and embrace it in our lives.

    • Uchechukwu Chikezie

      The story is teaching us to be humble and not to underrate any person because nobody knows what tomorrow will be and who is who in the society.

  • David Nneka

    The world is a small place, we should be mindful of our judgement of people and how will treat them.

  • Nwikwu chidera judith

    We should not be in a haste to judge people. Just like the saying “do not judge a book by its cover”. Hopefully reading this will help change people’s view on things.

  • Uwadiegwu Mercy Amarachi

    Interesting story. I thing I get to know is that, in this life we don’t know who is who. It not good to look down on people and to also discriminate our fellow human beings is very bad. The one you looked down on today….. Will turn to be the best and the greatest tommorow…… This world is just a small world….. Many people out there are in manual job, not because they wanted to….. But because of the present condition of our country…. We should learn not to look down on people… Thank u Ma for the short story.

  • It’s not good to judge people because of the way they look because it can be a test like some Rich men do dress like a very poor person especially when they are looking for a good wife to whether the lady they want to marry is in love with money or not, and once she rejects the man because his poor she will just lose the opportunity. And it’s not good to look down on people.

  • Uwadiegwu Mercy Amarachi

    Interesting story. One thing I get to know is that, in this life we don’t know who is who. It not good to look down on people and to also discriminate our fellow human beings is very bad. The one you looked down in today….. Will turn to be the best and the greatest tommorow….. This world is just a small world…….. Many people out there are in manual job, not because they wanted to….. But because of the present condition of our country….. We should learn not to look down on people . Thank you ma for this Short story.

  • Ikeh Christiana Chinenye

    This story is educative and filled with moral lessons. It teaches humility as a virtue, and teaches that in this life , we are not to look down on anybody irrespective of our status. Because of the experience that Nkechi had , she learnt to respect people not minding their status in life.

  • Agbo Peace

    An amazing story that I won’t forget in a hurry ,it’s always good to treat everyone you meet wit respect regardless of who dey are because you may not know who is who behind that clothing,it’s always good to have manners .

  • Odumuko Oluchukwu Victoria

    Humility is key

  • Ibaro Harrison Chidalu

    Humility is such a virtue!
    Much thanks ma’am!

  • Victor Izuchukwu

    The spirit of humility is one of the most important attributes a man should possess.

  • Igwenagu Somtochukwu Osinachi

    A normal human being shouldn’t look down on anyone no matter how the person looks like or appears. Humility comes inbuilt in anyone that has it. Though one can still learn if he doesn’t have one.

  • Elijah Akuma

    Beautiful didactic story. People should learn to love and respect others, at least because they are humans too. It is weak to base respect on class and status.

  • Onyeke Victoria chinenye

    Never look down on people and respect everybody equally not withstanding the situation.

  • Ikechukwu Favour Mmesoma

    Wow!!! Great story indeed…. There is more to life than what we actually can see. Humility is a virtue we should all imbibe regardless of our knowledge about people’s status. Never look down on anybody.

  • Life is not what is seems.Don’t look down on people because of their appearance and what type of job the do.Humility is everything, am glad nkechi learnt how to be humble

  • Ossai Joy Adanne

    You don’t know what your tomorrow might be, giving respect to the people of the lower class might be the thing that will help you be great in future nkechi learned her lesson in time about not to judge others not knowing what they have been through. Humility comes before a fall.

  • Chinweuba Blessing Oluchi

    Humility is a virtue humans should aspire to have. Little wonder the bible says we should be like little children. Meek and lowly at heart.

  • Nwafor Cynthia Chinenyenwa

    We should never judge people by their looks or judge a book by its cover. Indeed people can be worth more than meets the eye.

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  • One shouldn’t treat people based on their class in the society…. Respect is very important.

  • Zita Ezechi

    Humility is one unique quality that is hardly seen in people nowadays
    It is priceless… We should learn to be humble

  • Ossai Judith mmesoma

    Humility is a very important virtue. We should try to uphold this virtue in our life for growth and development

  • Dick-Unegbu Jennifer

    Judging a book by its cover is a mistake many people make, including me, which is very wrong.
    Humility is an attribute everyone should possess, Thank you Ma.

  • Nweze Somto Maryann

    You should always be humble and good to people anywhere you go because you don’t know where you can be tomorrow. Thanks ma for this interesting story.

  • Ben-Egbe Nneoma Andrea

    Humility is one of the greatest virtues. Nkechi was very judgemental and wrong. I learnt that things are not always as they seem.

  • Agbedo Ebubechukwu

    No one should be treated as such regardless of their state of being or backgrounds. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect not just because they’re rich but because they are human. These little things matters alot.

  • Sunday Chenka Esther

    Humility precedes Honor and pride goes before a fall. Like Nkechi, most of us lost opportunities and good people because of our disgusting and proud habits. You should never judge a book by its cover by so doing people have missed their destiny helpers.

  • Nnochiri Chinecherem Nnabuike

    Judging people from their experience is wrong. Everyone deserves to be respected no matter their situation. Also humility is a virtue every man should acquire.

  • Omeje Chinenye Martha.

    It pays to be humble. Thank you ma.

  • Obong Phebe

    I’m so happy that the girl in question corrected her wrong actions and grabbed the lesson. Most people have lost a life saving opportunity to pride, while others have lost it to carelessness. I must say that everyone, no matter the status deserves to be treated fairly and I pray God give us the grace to do that always. Amen.

  • Achor Ojoche gift

    It pays to be humble regardless of one’s status.

  • Aguguesi God'sfavour Idimmachukwu

    We have a longg way to go if we are humble. Is not everysin that is pardonable, there are people who you will be rude to that will deal with you seriously. We should be really careful.

  • Wow. This tells us to be humble always . Being an okada rider isn’t a disease, one don’t have to be rude to them. Not everyone doing the job is happy with it but because of the situation of unemployment rates,one has to work hard to survive .

  • Nnochiri Chinecherem Nnabuike

    Judging people from their appearance is wrong. Everyone deserves to be respected no matter their situation. Humility is a virtue every man should acquire.

  • Ekechukwu Francisca

    This story goes with the saying pride goes before a fall and the lesson, treat everyone with dignity.

  • Ugwuanyi Charity Ugochukwu

    It’s very bad to be rude to people because we might not know where and the condition we might find ourselves in the future

  • This is a typical example of the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”. People should learn to respect others irrespective of their class and appearance. Nkechi just misjudged the okada rider simply because she taught he was a tout that didn’t go to school. Her perspective of judging people is very wrong and shallow for someone who even have a secondary school certificate. I expected her to be more open minded and mature, but anyway everyone has a lesson to learn from each encounter in life and she just learnt hers

  • Adiele Onyedikachi

    I am actually shocked the okada rider didn’t Insult her back but just went on with his reunion. It shows how humble he is and we should all learn from this story because this happens a lot

  • Duru Gift Onyinyechi

    Matthew 5:5 says ” blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth”. For us to achieve anything in life we ought to be humble. Humility can take us to places we don’t expect. We shouldn’t allow pride cause our downfall,instead let humility lead.

  • Ojobo somtochukwu praise

    Looking down on people because of their profession, looks or even background is very wrong, I’ve seen when someone lost a job just for insulting the CEO of the company mistaken for a low class individual due to his dressing style, after being told he was the CEO she cried begging but she didn’t still get the job. I’m glad Nkechi apologized. We live in a world where no one knows who is who.

  • Iwuchukwu Samuel Ifechukwu

    Judging people based on outlook has been a reason for loss of opportunities…. Most times the content of a page is filled with greater messages than what the cover has to offer.

  • In life, don’t look down on anybody just because you are better than them. They might be at the top of the ladder tomorrow while you are at the bottom.

  • In life, don’t look down on anybody just because you are better than them. They might be at the top of the ladder tomorrow while you are the bottom. This life is unpredictable and unbalanced.

  • Orazulume udochukwu victoria

    Humidity is a virtue which everyone should try and impact it in themselves

  • Soje praise

    I am humbled by this story ma. I have learn to treat people I encounter with love, because most times we don’t understand what there are passing through.

  • Onwudiwe rita oluebube

    We learn everyday. Mostly from our mistakes and experiences. Never look down on people no matter what.

  • Udoji Oscar Obinna

    Humility says it all…
    In addition, I can translate the moral lesson from this article to this word “do not judge a book by it’s cover”

  • Ama Mitchelle Chisom

    It is very important to not dismiss someone based on their looks,everybody is important and should be accorded the same level of respect.
    Interesting Piece!

  • Agbo Chidiebere

    This is why the Bible emphasises on humility. It is better to be humble and then be honoured than to honour yourself and be humbled. We should never judge people by appearances or treat people harshly because no one is sure of tomorrow.

  • Chukwu Endurance Chinaza

    Humility is a virtue .
    Let’s strive to be humble

  • Jennifer chisom

    Thank you ma. I learnt that it is not good to look down on anyone.

  • Onuzulike Chukwuebuka Prosper

    Now I understand this expression, Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Everyone deserves to be respected no matter their situation

  • Iheme Akunna

    My submission is that in all we do here in life “Just treat everyone with dignity”
    secondly, parents in this generation are failing woefully in training up their wards in moral and social strata

  • Eze hyacienth

    This contribute more to the problem we face in this days society .it’s obvious people no longer buy the idea making money through hard work and consistence because of how people regard in the process , thereby increasing the rate people involved themselves in bad means of making money through any means .

    I really commend Mike for his mature way of handling this like this. Thank you for this story ma.

  • We ought to be humbled in all our daily life because we don’t know where we will find ourselves tomorrow because humility pays.

  • ALEX-UGORJI ESTHER

    Impatience and ego are two spices of destructions. My submission is that in all we do here in life “Just treat everyone with dignity.” Secondly, parents in this generation are failing woefully in training up their wards in moral and social strata. Humility is the focal point of any endeavor and achievement in life.

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