Stella Dimoko Dr Freaks Journal - A Lesson About Being Humble


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Dr Freaks Journal - A Lesson About Being Humble

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

21 June 2021:

The day started early for me. I had a matter in court (Igbosere) and it was a Monday! Fela wasn't kidding when he sang "L'ojoo Monday, Eko O Ni Gbagba Kuugba". 

On certain occasions, I've been tempted to conclude that spirits do come in from the world beyond to populate Lagos roads on Mondays. The traffic is brutish, hellish and (not) short, (but long). No thanks to Thomas Hobbes.

On this fateful day, a client requested a meeting. By virtue of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC), a legal practitioner is prohibited from taking instructions from a client in his/her home. However, like every general rule, there are exceptions to this rule. When a client is aged or critically ill, who says you cannot bend the rules?

I found my way to his place around Lekki/Ajah and in an unprecedented manner, I was kept outside for more than 5 minutes. That is unusual! He had just changed the guards and the new guards needed to clear me before granting me access. He is not a "small boy" after all and rolls inside billions.

I was fuming though, because I hadn't come to curry favour, but I had come all the way to solve his issues and get paid in exchange for the services rendered. The fierce looking security detail surfaced after a while, smiling now and ushered me into the main building.

On getting inside, the client welcomed me and informed me that he was busy in the kitchen. His hobby is cooking. Each time I visit, he always makes it a point of duty to cook for us. Then, there was this young man, seated on the dining table with my client's elder brother. The elder brother remembered my face. He smiled and waved. The young man looked at me from head to toe. He sized me up and probably concluded that I was an applicant or one of the people who come around to curry favour from this wealthy "uncle". 

He failed to respond to the courtesy extended to him by me. Maybe he responded in his mind, but since the devil himself knoweth not the intents of man, I could not have found out what was running through his mind.

Did I feel bad? Maybe initially, but I swiftly moved on. I took the instructions and we gisted for close to 20 minutes. The topics ranged from "gossips" about some rich men (his friends), Nigerian prisons and the latest "tenants" therein. Then, food was ready and in his usual element, he served the four of us, including the young man.

 He brought mine and his brother's to the dining room and asked the young man to go get his from the kitchen. The young man picked his food up and approached the dining room where we were eating. 

Guess what, he got the first shocker. My client asked him to go and eat either in the kitchen or in the garden. He felt bad.

Our feasting continued and by the time we were done, my client called the young man and asked him to come and park our plates (including mine). I could feel and see the anger in his eyes but who is he to say no to his employer (it turned out that he was the one managing his Foundation. Even if, and so what?)

Was I glad? I was, because God humbled him right before me. There is nothing derogatory about packing plates, but when a proud soul is instructed to so do in the presence of the one he had derided, it is a big deal.

It was time to go now and coincidentally, my client instructed him to open the door for me on my way out. Guess what, this time around, he didn't have difficulty in saying "Good Bye Sir" before shutting the door behind himself.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

Be humble.

Its Kunle


  1. This story is sweet o. Be humble

  2. 🎡Be humble. Sit down🎡
    Na people wey dey work for rich/wealthy people dey dey arrogant pass their oga sef. Ndi assistant-rich men/womenπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

  3. Lol...thou anointed my head in the presence of my enemy re oπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  4. Nice God humbled him. If only he learns his lesson.

  5. You ate out this time. He must be a special person πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

  6. Hmmmm,I liked the way, the whole thing played out in your story...

  7. Humility doesn't kill but some people no wan hear word.

  8. Lol, I can imagine the look on his face all through your meeting with your client..


  9. Replies
    1. Yes oo Mrs Kunle he did,so he didn't gist you?oya no vex,the incident at the eating out location sweet me well.

  10. This is deep. I enjoyed reading the story lots of lessons.

  11. Nice one Mr Kunle. Some people in this life that has nothing, i said nothing can be proud/arrogant ooh more than people with something, i wish they will understand that nothing is in this life.

  12. Abeg who RPC help? Especially considering the present economic realities.

    Greetings, Learned Senior

  13. When you see d downfall of those who looked down on u. ChaiiiiiiπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  14. Hmmmmmm!
    Good! Good!! Good!!!
    Keep it coming!
    You see them, their geng is called ' Do you know who i am?'
    They always judge by appearance and forget the content.
    They will later bow when they know.
    Empty vessels make most sound.
    Be humble people or God will humble you.
    Mr. Kunle is officially blog moral instructor.... Stella you concur?

  15. I just screen grabbed the last three paragraphs. Thanks Kunle. I'll keep praying for humility.

  16. There is strength in genuine humility. It would take you to heights you never envisaged.

    Serve and don't wait to be served.

    "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." - Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:11)

    Pride will drag you to the dregs of life.

    BE HUMBLE! πŸ‘‚πŸ‘‚

  17. It's good to be humble. I have an element of pride that I know but I pray always to God for the sprit of humility.

  18. I always enjoy reading this column..
    It pays to be humble
    Nice one Mr kunle

  19. You ate at this client place
    He must be a special client or has earned your trust over time... Humilty indeed is key ...
    I’m looking forward to your next post already lol


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