This Life we are living in is VERY uncertain that we can never tell what will happen in the next minutes. This is my personal experience and what ACTUALLY happened to me. Let me tell you how it all began:
I got a job in a Catholic School as a teacher (Our Lady of Apostles Nursery and Primary School, Obiaruku Delta State Nigeria). I started working in this school in 2020. When I came to the school, I was told about the Rev. Sister who is the Headmistress of the school. Actually, what the staff said about her was not really impressive, uplifting and heartwarming; but I took it to be a perspective of the people who were talking about her. You know people can say anything about someone. And I don’t believe in hearsay. By the way, the name of the Rev Sister is Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo.
“What if she (the Reverend Sister) was a kind person”? I told myself. In working in this school, I came to realize that the staffs there are grovellers. Not only are they grovellers; they are not united amongst themselves!! They betray each other, backbite each other. They can convey any word you speak to the Headmistress. Suffice to say that they are snitchers. That is an “informant”. Another thing I observed was that, they were bunch of pretenses. Whenever they see the Rev. Sister coming they run up and down grovelling and behaving ubiquitously obedient and dutiful. But in Truth, they are really not. (I wish not anyone to say I am judging. I am talking from my own actual experiences).
In time, I began seeing things for myself; the way she talks to us the staff without Compassion and Empathy. I began to wonder DEEP within my subconscious mind. I was like: is this Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo called? Because when I see the way she does things and talks it doesn’t carry humility, Compassion and Love at all. How could a Rev. Sister not have Compassion? Compassion is what Holy Mother Mary, Mother Theresa and even Jesus Christ set as an example. I thought about this and I kept it to myself. It was not heartwarming at all. Because when someone who is supposed to lead by example is consciously being unkind, heartless and tyrannical; you will understand that it’s not a good reality to live in.
There was a day she even told me that she sacks staff anyhow that was in September 2020. That day we went to the school; it was the beginning of the term. She told me that she has removed me from primary 5 to primary 3. I was begging her to let me stay in primary 5. But she told me to either take the new class she has put me or I leave the school as she sacks staff anyhow. What Mr. Chuks told me as the reason for my removal from primary to primary 3 was that the teacher who was taking primary 3 was not handling it well and that parents are complaining; that they put the teacher in primary 5 to test her ability.
The Beloved, Noble, Laudable, Influential Wise, Altruistic Blessed Mother Theresa (born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxiu) really set the example of Compassion. I also respect and recognize Holy Mother Mary; whose virtues include Compassion and Love. Holy Mother Mary shares the same position and role as Guan Yin (also known as Kwan Yin) the beautiful Bodhisattva and Goddess of Compassion. I love Guan Yin because her message is about Compassion. Compassion is what the world truly needs; as Albert Schweitzer so eloquently puts it: “until Compassion is spread to all of creation; humanity will never find Peace.” I resonate with these two Great Goddesses and Jesus Christ.
I began reading about Mother Theresa when I was in high school. My father used to buy a magazine from a local publisher. In it there is a page for inspirational quotes. I read a quote from Mother Theresa and I felt goosebumps and teary-eyed. It really INSPIRED me with a GREAT COMPASSION AND EMPATHY. I can still remember that sunny afternoon I was lying down reading the magazine. The quote was “unless Life is lived for others it is not worthwhile. A self-centered Life is totally empty.” Other quotes from Mother Theresa that has inspired me are “What you give may be a drop in an ocean but without the drop it will be incomplete.” “Love is a fruit in all seasons and it is within the reach of every hands.”
“Who is this woman”? I asked myself. So I began digging up information on Mother Theresa.
When I gave my book to the Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo; I begged her to recommend it for the pupils as it would be very ideal for the children. She never recommended it at all; I gave her a copy of my book. My book is a children’s book Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird. I am very sure the children would love it as it is really colourful and beautiful! But she turned it down.
In March, I had an accident in a motorcycle. I snapped my wounded foot and sent to her through WhatsApp. She did not even show any sign of sympathy and empathy. Instead she snubbed it.
On Monday 13th September, she called me to her office and told me, “When you came to this school I put you in primary 5. From primary 5 I took you to primary 3. From primary 3 I put you in primary 2. That is how I am going to be demoting you until I remove you from this school.”
On Saturday 18th September, I was down with fever. I took drugs but I was not getting better. Till Sunday, it was not even improving. It was worst on Monday morning. I called Rev. Sister and told her that I was down with fever that I would not be able to come to school that I was going to the hospital the Monday morning. The only thing she could tell me is that, I should find a way to come to school. She called me back again minutes later and told me that if I did not come to school today that I should not come to the school again. That she has terminated my appointment.
I was even begging her and telling her on phone: “Sister even when I told you I am going to the hospital you are still telling me to come to school and if I don’t come to school today I should not come to the school again. I am not pretending.” I explained apologetically. She ended the call abruptly. In Truth, it was in the middle of writing my lesson note for week 3 when I started feeling the symptoms of fever. Before she called me back, she first paged me, that’s a short call and she cut it. Then she called me back fully and told me bluntly, “Mr. Kingsley, if you don’t come to school today; don’t come to the school again.” With a very strong warning voice.
It was my mom that carried me to the hospital. I am back from the hospital and I am back home now taking my drugs and getting better and without a job.
Here are my medical records and bills
Below is the staff picture we took in our inter house sport in 2020
Me and my pupils below