Ah!! Please don’t tell me, you just took the last cash in my wallet. Bayo!
And I begged you and pleaded that I needed the currency for my wife’s emergency. Oh! Mine! What do I do now… Ah! That reminds me, I can try my luck in the city bank. Or no! How will I get there? The distance is another history……I will wait for Baba Alajo!
Baba Dele, the Alajo! rode in with his bicycle gently beeping the horn. Iya Asake & Iya Tundun came running out…He has come oooh. Everyone in Pakedun community rushed towards him, he fell down from the bicycle, was beaten and the calabash where he kept the money was stolen.
Ah! Oluwa mi! cried Baba Dele! The money is not all mine…. Somebody, please help me! Ah! What will I do now? Baba Jide, Eze, Omo Igbo, Bala the Farmer… How will I explain this to them? Ah! Somebody help me.
The news spread across like wildfire! Soon the whole village knew that Baba Dele was harnessed while collecting the monthly contributions. The elders’ council, quickly assembled a meeting close to the King’s palace.
What can we do for Baba Dele? We all know, how he has served and helped our village with his magnanimous lifestyle and great heart of service during festivals.
Yes! Oh, that’s true, echoed the elders. So, what can be done? said Baba Ife, Do we send him some Kola nuts and palm wine to cool off? “Or do we go home to console him and go with herbs for his injuries,” said Baba Ayo
Hmmmm, you all have said and thought well. But am sure, Iya Dele will get his welfare intact. How about we buy him another calabash and a canoe so he could function on the canoe. So just in case of any unfriendly movements in this season. He can paddle quickly away to a safe spot.
Ah! Well- done ooooh. That’s why the white hair on your head keeps growing and inspiring us at the same time. Ah! Wisdom doesn’t leave us! Everyone started laughing after Baba Ife had spoken.
I support this contribution. It’s a win-win for us too. Our money is safe and Baba Dele is secure, said Baba Ayo.
Okay, I agree! So we can call it the Floating Bank!
A few minutes later, Ayo his son calls from Lagos and asks about how he is surviving with the shortage of currencies. Baba Ayo replies emphatically “It’s Floating Bank!”. That’s our secret code as the regular bank structure isn’t so functional at the moment.
“Ah! I should come home ni sir?”
Baba Ayo replies…No please stay my dear, everything will turn out well. You hear? Just press your leg on the button of patience and keep your faith high and secure. Last last we go dey alright!