I once worked with a media outfit
I didn't apply for the job
I woke up one morning and saw a
text message declaring that i had
been scheduled for an interview
with the management of the company
I assumed my wife or someone who
knew me personally must have
dropped my name for the organization
I went for the test
I got my offer letter on November 13, 2013
I celebrated the new job by taking my
wife and my brother-in-law (Also a
journalist at the time) to an eatery
close to my house
The days of earning 30,000 naira salary
with another media outfit were over
The salary this new outfit offered was
It was a step in the right direction
We were asked to resume immediately
I met a lot of great guys who would be
our presenters, cameramen, news
anchors etc during the training
After the first month, the MD said he
couldn't pay salaries because "He paid
for our training and we all ate lunch
during the training" (I kid you not)
He gave us a quarter bag of rice and
one liter of vegetable oil for Christmas
We worked from sunrise till sundown
I was good, so good that I was the
producer in charge of the 3 hours
news show from 7-10am, and the 10pm
I was also in charge of the social media
and I was also training other producers
(If you type my name on youtube, you
will see the programmes i produced)
December came and the MD said we
must all get new account numbers
before he could pay salaries
He insisted on a bank and then he
changed his mind and brought another
bank, by this time January was almost
The first salary was paid in February
We all settled in, believing that the
teething problem was over and we
can now meet our needs at home
With the payment of the first salary
came this change of attitude from
He became abusive in words and in deed
i remembered that we had a programmes
conference where producers explained
the concept of their programmes and
how the set will be used
This guy just kept bad-mouthing everybody
His command of the English language was
so poor and yet he keeps talking and
It was from his mouth i first heard
"Why do you rude?" Instead of "Why were
you rude" Nobody could correct him
He was the rich MD and everyone must
worship him and do his bidding
One day he called for a meeting and
everybody had to be there even though
it was slated for 7pm and those on the
morning shift had gone home
He asked that they all must be there
Someone like me practically had no
I was not allowed to be on the roster
because I had to produce the morning
belt and oversee the flagship news
After February, he didn't pay in March
He started talking about the huge wage
bill and how the marketing department
dropped the ball and how the company
was not making money
He was proposing a 50% salary cut
A lady joined us at this time for the
position of a news anchor
I knew her before she joined the
@CokerWemimo introduced her to me
and said she is a very good hand
My news show was supposed to start
with newspaper review, the anchor that
was supposed to do the review was
not on ground
It is either i improvised or the programme
I put this young lady on set
She did a wonderful job
I got summoned by the MD "Why did
you put someone I had not ordered
you to put on set on my set?"
"She did a very good job sir" I replied
He looked straight at me and said
"You are thinking as if you are a
management staff, you carry yourself
like that and talk like that.
You're just an ordinary staff and you
have to know your place!"
I said yes sir
An hour later, i got a letter saying
I have to face a disciplinary committee
By this time he had started the suspension
without pay rule for every staff
Once you made a mistake, you get
suspended without pay but in my case,
he decided a panel must sit and he
will give the final verdict
The other staff members started
laughing at the ridiculousness of it all
I faced the panel
The panel members said "Your action
was good but we do not encourage
the use of initiative or discretion here!
You should have called the MD before
putting her on or let the show fail"
I said ok.
He couldn't suspend me because of
all the things I do for the
organization, so his veridct was
"two weeks working suspension
I heard it from the ED indirectly and
then from the Head of News
I had not been given a letter
I was aware like the other staff
members that he was sleeping with
the HR manager (A married woman
and mother of three. Her last child
at the time was eleven months old.
She was brought to the organization
by one of the MD's babes and she
was also servicing the MD by the
I walked into her office and i said
"If I get suspended, I will resign"
She called him and told him I was not to
He quickly dropped the idea because of
the nature of the job, i had even forgotten
i was a Christian
The first few days I would look for a
corner and pray but when the workload
got so staggering, i was overwhelmed
I worked every day, including Sundays
and I barely had time for my family
I remember taking my family to Ibadan
to see my younger sister when she
delivered her first baby and returning
to the office by 5 pm only to find the
MD cursing and throwing tantrums
over the programme produced by the
guy who stood in for me because of
some things the politician that was
invited to feature on the show said (this
was towards the Ekiti Election of that
When he saw me he almost exploded
"You will be running about like a headless
chicken, strutting about aimlessly.
Why were you not at work today?
Who gave you an off day?
You're this and that, Getoutofhere!
When I got home that day, I laid
down on my bed and said aloud
"God, I didn't ask for this job!
You brought it to me.
When I was earning 30K a month,
i had more than enough and my
family had me.
Now I earn 100K and I had gotten
paid for only one month out of six
months! Why?" The Holy Spirit
responded to my cry at 4:05 AM
the next morning by saying
"This job is not from me"
I heard it clearly
I cried all the way to the office
Like Joshua did with the Gibeonites,
I had fallen for an offer that I thought
was good to be true but was not
I didn't even talk to the Holy Spirit
The opportunity came at a time I felt I
desperately needed a change of jobs
and I assumed God made it happen.
I began to consider all that I had suffered
in that six months all in the name of
having a job and developing a career
in my field of study!
By the time I got to the office that day,
my enthusiasm was gone
I packed out my locker and cleared out
my desk I did the morning shift and
closed by 6 pm
I would naturally wait until the 10 pm News
and then its postmortem before driving
home by midnight
But not anymore!
I got home by 7 pm
My phone rang
It was the MD
He said "I was told you had gone home
after the morning shift, don't bother
I said "Okay sir"
The Head of News called me a few
minutes later MD is angry, you better
return to work now
I never returned there for anything!
A few days after i resigned, one of
the news anchors called me to find
out what why I stopped coming
I told her it was a total misadventure
on my part
I had gotten into a vehicle that was
not heading in my direction
She started to cry
She said she studied English but had
always been drawn towards make-up
and other fashion-related businesses
but she jumped in on the opportunity
to be a newsreader
She said the MD drove her to his house
the day before I resigned under the
guise of getting his driver to drop her at
the airport early because she was
attending a media meeting in South Africa
She said the MD almost raped her
When she resisted, he threw her out
of his house with her luggage at 1 AM
She said she took Uber to the Airport and
slept there all night until her flight took
off at 5 AM
She said she didn't see me after returning
to Nigeria and decided to call me
After our conversation, she resigned too
He implemented the pay cut two weeks
after I resigned and many of my colleagues
took the cue to exit
I am happy i met some great people
during my time with the organization
I became lifelong friends with some of
The last time i saw the MD
He was driving himself, as was I
We were caught in a traffic side by
side on CMD road, Lagos
We were practically looking into each
I picked up my phone and started
replying some messages
He did the same
Eventually, we drove past each other
Like two strangers walking past each
other in a busy market
I spent a month at home
Recovering from the emotional
and mental abuse I had subjected
It was tough and great at the same
I didn't know I had been hovering on
the brink of a total breakdown
I was shaken a bit but within a week
I was back to my Holy Ghost filled life
A friend suddenly called me out of
the blue a month after i resigned
He was working as a customer care
representative with one of the telecoms
The contract of the company he was
working for was not renewed
He lost his job
He called me for prayers
Suddenly i remembered a church where
I had my school of Disciples programme
had a notice board on which job
vacancies and other announcements
I told him about it
We drove to the church together and saw
a vacancy for the job of a Personal Assistant
to the Pastor of the church
We both applied
A week later, the same post opened up
at his own church somewhere in Ogba
We both got the job
I became a PA to the pastor of the
church where I had my school of
Disciples programme and He became
PA to the Pastor of the church he was
A year after I became PA to the Pastor
of the church, I began to volunteer as
the Social Media Manager for the
church covering all their services
I also acted as a public relations person
that organized events involving the press
for the church
On the side, I ran two online newspapers
and was employed as the Social media
manager for an international organization
located on Victoria Island
In 2018 January, I was shown a flowing
river by the Holy Spirit
He said "That is your river"
I said Amen!
That was how PSSBC and GSWMI came
The rest as they say is History
PS: From Oyebola Oluwaseyi @Teemercy15
Wow, I'm happy you left and youu are
able to find your feet.
I had a similar experience while out of
job in 2016.
Got employed as a project supervisor, i
had jettisoned a sales job for this.
The first 2 months was probation, no
pay no stipend.
I knew my drive, I was so sure contracts
were gonna come.
When the first contract came, he became
abusive and irrational.
We were building a school for the Osun
State Government. (SDG).
I was threatened.
For close 2 five months, no pay
Just tips, 5k 7k.
I almost got slapped, i only managed
to dodge it.
That was when i called it quit.
I walked out and didnt come back.
The secretary called me day after day.
Seyi you need to come back.
I was jobless but enjoying my freedom.
Imagine catching cruise.
It's been 3 years now, he still stalks
me on social media.
I have moved on.
Some things are not just meant for us,
irrespective of our condition.
Just like an abusive relationship, the
signs are there
We pass through many
turns on our way to His plan for us
When we go by our senses, we miss
the way and sometimes delay ourselves
The best thing to do at all times is
to yield to him
If he says this is not my plan, please
Nothing can substitute for walking the
preordained paths he has prepared