A Farewell Letter from a Nigerian Friend

I had many times in life the chance to train young people, to be a guide and a mentor, maybe sometimes I was doing my best to be an example for them. I know that I am not perfect but being always a perfectionist I was always doing my best to change everything around for better including people’s life. Being in Nigeria in 2008 I had the chance to open the mind of a very young man named Barnabas that was a security guard for the Italian company Salini Constructori SpA. He was a teenager left from a village to work in the capital Abuja, from a numerous family, working 24 hours shifts which means that at his age he was doing night shifts too, working for almost nothing and with the stomach always empty, he was emotionally feeling like Remi’s caracter from Hector Malot’s novel Sans famille. Life can be so cruel. But despite all of these he was always reading even in the evening in dime light. On the day of my living from Nigeria on June 1, 2008 he gave me a letter. A letter that filled my eyes with tears. I could not believe what I was reading. How much can change the mind and maybe the future of human being just spending some time and sharing and taking about how to achieve things in life and to have hope and a better future.

Hope is always in you not in others. Open your mind with education and refuse the ignorance that can make you a victim for life.

So watch out as Eurythmics says in Sweet dreams:

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree
I travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree
I travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something

Naija I love you and miss you so much.

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Today was my turn to be encouraged in a very pleasant conversation by a group of very kind ladies in the room 15 at Directia Generala de Asistenta Sociala si Protectia Copilului Constanta. Thank you ladies. You are a great team.