At work, my male peers seemed to be competing with
me. They would always try to prove that they knew more
than I did on any topic I ventured to discuss. Fortunately
for me, I don’t discuss topics I don’t know much about.
I reckon they did that because of Irene and Maryann…the
only two babes in our office of eight.
So I keep to myself and let the guys fight for the
attention of the ladies. Of all the guys, the most macho
and eager to mate is Gregory. He was a shameless flirt
that used a long range of vulgarities as compliments and
let his eyes wander down any little cleavage or rear that
came his way. I get a really bad vibe from him and by
the way the ladies started covering up at work…I
probably was not the only one.
I was called into the director’s office one day and he
gave me a list of five people who I was going to be
overseeing during their industrial training. The list
included their institutions and contact details. I was to
contact them all and tell them when to resume. I knew
this was going to bring me some friction with Greg
because that was his responsibility and he used it to
cater to his carnal needs (and brag about it in the office
when his supplier had gone back to school).
I went back to my table and composed an SMS telling
them to report to the office on the first Monday of the
upcoming month and report to me by eight in the
morning. I knew Greg let them come at will but I would
rather they came around the same time I did so I would
not have to assign chores on multiple occasions or get
distracted from my work by a late arrivals.
Maryann came over to my desk and took the paper with
the list on it. She read through it and laughed. “So now
you will be the one filling our ears with IT students
related escapades,” she said out loud. I suspect she
wanted Greg to know I had taken his feeding ground. If
that was her aim, it worked. He sprung to his feet and
came to my desk. Playfully took the list from her and
scanned through it. “All these schools are boring,” he
said with a hiss. “You won’t get any fun from this
batch,” he said as he walked back to his seat. Maryann
looked up from her laptop and looked at Greg with scorn.
“Do you think Michael is as primitive as you?” Her
question was laced with so much contempt that Greg did
the smartest thing he had ever done since I knew him; he
kept his trap shut!
In the ten days to their arrival, all my correspondences
with Greg were not just short but laced with contempt. I
did not really care, but the other guys in the office were
trying to reconcile us. They had basically no luck.
Three out of the five students that I was expecting arrived
promptly. I instantly felt a wave of pity for the two ladies
(Bunmi and Uzomaka) because they were both very
attractive and had alluring outfits on. Greg will definitely
hunt them down till they leave.
My introduction was brief and straight to the point.
I Told them I was going to be responsible for all the
permissions they require and work allocation they are to
receive. I also stated that other officers in the office are
allowed to allocate work to them in the event that I am
not around to give it to them personally.
As I expected, the only amongst them had a question to
ask. Unfortunately for him, he asked an obviously stupid
question. The “rep” he was trying to build with the ladies
suffered a blow. His name was Abdulrasaq. His shiny
shoes, super pressed clothes and stomach-high shirt-
tuck were a testament as to how serious he was about
his training. Was I impressed? No, I wasn’t.