Passion, motivations and drivers

Originally posted by Futurelearn

 

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Sara’s story

I believe that an individual’s passions are determined by personal experiences. Although my upbringing was not unique, I argue it was very unusual. My parents are travellers. I grew up in a caravan, travelling with my parents around Spain. Most of the time, I was either travelling or based at the local boarding school, where I was enrolled from the time I was four years old. At school, I learned about the importance of collectivism and teamwork. Sharing was not an option, it was a duty to maintain the status quo of our little society. I saw how being ‘social’ was not only about charitable behaviour, but about providing opportunities.

Generally speaking, fun fairs – where my family worked – can be a really peculiar type of employment. In our society, there is a tendency to exclude travellers or people who live on the margins, so we came to rely on each other. Brotherhood and innovation were essential to survive. I did not have to be taught values such as inclusion, equality and brotherhood – rather, I experienced them on a daily basis. Undoubtedly, acquiring these values through my childhood experiences triggered my passion for transforming society and encouraged me to be part of the social enterprise movement.

Motivation and passion are our driving forces. They’re what get people to start up social enterprises. What are your motivators? What are you passionate about? In the comments, share your story with others.

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CLUB 360 DEGREES (PART 2)

Written by: Ayokunle Olagoke

Her eyes become misty. Turtle snatches her bag from her hand, dips his hand into her bag, brings out the pills.

TURTLE
No be MTP be this? You won abort the baby? Why?

FLORENCE
Turtle you can’t take care of the baby (her voice trembling)

TURTLE
I told you I will fix things

FLORENCE
Turtle! The only thing you sabi do well is rob, nothing else is working

Tears run down her eyes as she waves down a bike to take her away. Turtle holding the pills in his hands looks dejected. Abdul watches from a distance, flashes his car light but Turtle waves down a bike and goes the opposite direction

INT.NIGHT. TURTLE’S APARTMENT
Florence serves Turtle with garri and groundnut and water in a cup. She goes to lie down on the mattress on the floor, turning her back at him. Turtle receives a text from Bolaji

BOLAJI’S TEXT
“Hello Turtle, I want to come see you tomorrow. I will call when I get credit- Laji Faaji”

He puts the phone aside.

TURTLE
Florence! I know say you still de vex for me since they release me and I understand but I de try to calm things down, I want to provide for my family too (beating his chest), you know say I de try finid another work. The construction company I used to drive for said I can’t even work part time, but I still de press matters with dem

EXT. TURTLE’S APARTMENT. MORNING
Turtle dials Abdul’s number and cuts, walks farther away from the house so he won’t be heard. Awaits Abdul’s call, not long his phone rings

TURTLE
I am coming to your side (in low tone), flash me the address…like 12 sha… ok

While receiving the call Bolaji’s call comes in on “waiting,” he picks

TURTLE
Laji Faaji! (walkimg back to his house) ok no problem… I full ground come now… bring something o… ok

EXT. TURTLE’S HOUSE. MORNING
Bolaji and Turtle are under a tree, Bolaji has his pen and notepad in his hands.

BOLAJI
Is there any part of the story you won’t want me to publish?

TURTLE
(shake shis head) since you said you won’t use real names it’s ok

Bolaji gets up to leave

BOLAJI
So are you saying yes to Abdul?

TURTLE
You de make better doh from this internet matter? Enough to take care of your family?

BOLAJI
At least it’s better than being behind bars. I will publish it tomorrow. Thank you. Let me take my leave

INT. NOON. SITTING ROOM
There are three young men in the room, one is seen watching football on the TV, two are discussing with beer and cigarette on their table

KEJI
(watching TV) But why do you want that loser back? He’s badluck to our team

Abdul sitting beside Hefty (43 years) smiles at Hefty

HEFTY
You think I’m stupid? He’s driving us for the next job (he replies angrily)

KEJI
What about me? So you will be splitting my share into two? Like share it with him?

HEFTY
And don’t you ever question my decision! (in anger)

ABDUL
Hefty baba! Take it easy, he just wants to know the plan

HEFTY
He asks too many questions

ABDUL
Keji, no. Turtle drives like craze, we don’t intend to share anything with him, after this operation, we are dumping him and relocating

KEJI
(shakes his head in disbelieve) and you expect me to believe you? so what will I be doing? (gets up with agression)are you replacing me with a los…

There is a knock at the door, Turtle steps in. Hefty gets up with one hand in his pocket. Abdul approaches Turtle to give him a hug, after that Hefty stretches his arm to shake him but Turtle pulls him closer and hugs him briefly. Keji is watching the whole scene

ABDUL
That’s Keji, you don’t know him. He is… is one of us

Keji makes eye contact without waving, Turtle responds with a wave

HEFTY
Get him some bottles

TURTLE
Hefty! But you no try o

HEFTY
Keji, get Turtle some bottles. Turtle, just let us forget the past, talk about the future, the bright future

Keji serves Turtle, who puts the bottle in his mouth and gulps a large quantity at once

TURTLE
So, Abdul said you need me for a job

HEFTY
We do (he answers hastily) let us repay you, let us make your life better

Turtle grabs his tummy

TURTLE
Toilet abeg, my stomach…

Abdul reaches for the key hung on the wall, hands it over to him

ABDUL
It’s outside, the fifth door to your left

Turtle rushes out hurriedly. Hefty stares at Keji suspiciously

ABDUL
Maybe he ate something bad

Turtle returns, hangs the key on the wall

TURTLE
I’m sorry, the thing just started suddenly

HEFTY
No problem. We have this huge job, it will be our last, it’s a bank, once we are through, we are done

TURTLE
Hefty! You said same thing the last work I did, there will never be a last until we… ah! Toilet key please

He reaches out for the key hastily and rushes out. Hefty stairs at Keji with suspicion

HEFTY
Keji! (grabs his shirt, squeezes it with his fist tight) what did you do to him?

Abdul tries to pull Hefty back

KEJI
I added just a little

ABDUL
Keji!

As Hefty lands the first punch on Keji’s face, there is a hard push at the door, armed men in SARS’ uniform bump into the room, gets them arrested, searches the room, finds guns, sharp knives of different sizes and fake police uniforms; they lead them out handcuffed into their van. Turtle steps out of the toilet, sights them from afar entering the van. He is heavily frightened, does the cross sign as his heart beats.

TURTLE
Ha! so close (breathing heavily)

3 DAYS LATER

INT. CLASSROOM. MORNING
Greg welcomes Bolaji with a great smile as he resumes for the day

GREG
There has been amazing comments on your post, Sir Ben was just showing me, come

They walk to one of the laptops already on. Scrolls down the post to the comments, Greg reads them out hurriedly

GREG (CONT’D)
I follow your blog, you don’t know how many lives you are saving through this; my publishing firm can take 3 people if interested, there are openings in different aspects ranging from graphic designing to machine operation… this one says I can take this guy and 2 other people in my construction company, but that will be if they have completed the rehab with you and they are recommended… Sir Benson also got a call (turning to Bolaji), he was offered a grant to train more people especially from the juvenile, the guy read the story. (Turns back to the laptop) This says Benson, you are doing a great thing, I am a film producer, I’m considering these stories for great scripts, let’s talk, send me your email address

BOLAJI
Wow! can I call Turtle?

GREG
Right away!

Bolaji reaches for his phone

BOLAJI
Turtle!

INT. SAME DAY. NOON. ENTERANCE TO THE CLASSROOM
Turtle knocks at the door, Greg opens the door, welcomes him back with a hug and a broad smile

THE END`

Reintegration is the coming back of the prisoner into the society to continue normal life (including gainful employment) after incarceration. This includes after-release job placement and aftercare prgrammes which reduce reoffending and ultimately enhance community safety.

Thank you for reading. Interested in tuning this from script to screen? Kindly mail kunllex2003@yahoo.com

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CLUB 360 DEGREES

Written by: Ayokunle Olagoke

Script Synopsis:

Thriller
BENSON, an ex-convict of cyber crime founded a NonGovernmental Organization (NGO)-
Club 360 Degree where ex-convicts are rehabilitated and integrated into the society by exposing
them to diverse opportunities that the internet brings, in order to build their capacity and to
reduce their propensity of returning to crime.
TURTLE is an ex-convict who is overwhelmed by the daily challenges of sustaining his family.
In a desire to provide for his family, he joins the club but limits the ability of the internet to cause
an economic improvement, making him quit, in a quest to earn quick money.
As time goes on; members of the club begin to embark on projects that express the various
forms of injustice that go on in the prison system in Nigeria and the discrimination encountered
by ex-inmates, using the internet as an advocacy tool. This results in a revolution that alters
the events of Turtle’s life forever.

CLUB 360 DEGREES

CLUB 360 DEGREES

EXT. MORNING. TURTLE’S APARTMENT

Papa Janet (42 years) knocks at the door, Florence (31 years) comes to open the door

PAPA JANET
Ehen! Please let me see your husband

Turtle (35 years) comes from behind his wife with chewing stick in his mouth. She gives way for him to speak with Papa Janet

TURTLE
Yes?
PAPA JANET
Ehen! (smiling broadly) please, I plant some maize behind this our backyard but this morning I noticed some of them miss
so I say… let me… let me ask you maybe… maybe you know who… maybe you see…

By now Turtle looks so infuriated, he slams the door in anger

INT. BEDROOM. EVENING
Benson (28 years) is browsing on his laptop with his wife, Funke (25 years) reading a book “DNA of an Innovator”

BENSON (V.O)
It was three months after our wedding when the law enforcement agents bumped into my house in the presence of my
wife, they ransacked everywhere and got me arrested;

Armed men in uniform bump into the house to arrest him

CUT TO
EXT. MOVING VAN WITH INMATES
Benson is inside a moving van, handcuffed

BENSON (V.O) CONTD
Months later, I was charged with cyber crimes, talk about identity theft, social engineering, security cracking and every internet evil you can think of. I pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years behind those devastating bars.

CHARGED WITH CYBER CRIMES

CHARGED WITH CYBER CRIMES

Funke cries inconsolably as the van zooms off
BENSON (V.O) CONTD
My wife was shattered, it was as if her dashboard went blank, she could not have imagined the scene

CUT TO

INT. PRISON. VISITING ROOM. NOON
Benson and Funke are having a conversation
BENSON (V.O) CONTD
She managed her grief amazingly, she never missed a single visit but during the early visits, she would come, sit
and say nothing, I would apologize and explain but she would switch to a power saver mode, then finally when her
visiting time is almost up she would say “I still believe in you”; those words were like encryption for me to decode
when I’m released.
CUT TO
EXT. OUTSIDE THE PRISON. SUNNY MORNING
Funke pulls over in front of Benson with a broad smile, he joins her in the car. They hug each other
BENSON (V.O) CONTD
After my release, I promised myself to give her the best life I can, I was ready to start a decent work, get out
there and live clean
CUT TO
INT. BENSON’S SITTING ROOM. EVENING
He walks in with his tie in his hand and a brown envelope in his other hand appearing dejected. Funke welcomes him with a hug
BENSON (V.O) CONTD
But on release, I realized I was competing for the same job with people who never had criminal records, I asked myself, where are the jobs? Everything seemed to be working against me, but you know what my wife did?
CUT TO
INT. BENSON’S APARTMENT. MORNING
Benson wakes up to find a used laptop beside him, he rises up from his bed eagerly. Funke is sitting beside him.
BENSON (V.O) CONT’D
She got me a laptop and encouraged me to pick it up again, this time around, I moved from being a black hat hacker to a
white hat hacker,
CUT TO
INT. NOON. CLASSROOM
Benson (38 years) is on his feet with a marker in his hand. On the white board is written “Cyber Terminologies” with 7 terms:
phishing, social engineering, Botnet, Zombie computer, Denial of-Service attacks, Skimmers, white, gray and black hat hackers
BENSON
Today, I am a security consultant, I help companies test the security of their clients’ information system, and present them with reports detailing the existing security holes and how those holes can be fixed

Those in the room applauds him, some with a standing ovation
BENSON
Exactly two years later, 24th February, we started this club, Club 360 degrees; turning lives around for good, we focus
on ex-cons, I saw how people’s lives wasted away while in prison, so I decided to offer this to the society, a capacity building programme that integrates ex-cons back into the society.

(His phone rings, he checks and cuts). I’m sorry, thought I had switched it off. I will take two questions now (checks his wrist watch); your name first please
BOLAJI
I’m Bolaji, what are the available courses for us?
BENSON
Ok, we have short courses ranging from programming or coding to blogging and web design, online marketing, cyber
security even research writing for journals and so on, please get the list from the secretariat. Next question?
TURTLE
Call me Turtle! I have two questions, one is how long do we do this school before we hammer? (those around burst
into laughter)yes now, (throwing his hands up) this question dey the mind of many of us because as for me, I need
money, wife and pikin have to eat. Two, how will this club benefit me as a former driver

BENSON
Thank you Turtle for your honest question but unfortunately I cannot answer precisely the first question

Turtle hits his hand on the table in front of him in hopelessness
BENSON (CONT’D)
On our part we are willing to integrate everything into your motherboard today (laughs) but it is not possible; however
what this organization is doing is that all through your period of learning, we will provide you with monthly stipends
of ₦10,000, we provide lunch, we have a bus for transportation and you will be opportune to have your internship with
IT companies on our list, who may decide to employ you from there as we have seen in the past. We know all these are still
not equivalent to getting a job of your own but they are incentives from us and some of our partners till you can get on
your feet.
TURTLE
Oga Ben… ah! you try but e no reach anywhere, ah!
BENSON
Turtle I get you but taking the right decision atimes is the toughest decision to take. As regards the second question,
the internet is very relevant to everybody, who knows if you will like to develop an app useful in that area, maybe even a game that will hit the app market; you need this courses man. Finally, over time, 60-70% of those who attend the first class end up not making it to the second class and the attendance keeps dropping but I will like your set to be different, let us
have a near 100% return for the next class. Good day!

INT. TURTLE’S APARTMENT. 6P.M
Turtle enters the one room apartment, beaming with hope and excitement. Florence enters behind him carrying a stove
TURTLE
Where is Kingsley?
FLORENCE
(puts down the stove) Still with mama
TURTLE
(in annoyance) Florence! what exactly is your problem?He moves closer to her with his nose touching her head, he is
looking down at her
TURTLE CONT’D
I can take care of my family! Where is my phone, will call her myself
FLORENCE
I went to see Nurse Monsura, the urine test says I’m pregnant
TURTLE
Belle? (calming down by now)
FLORENCE
So I think it’s good Kingsley stays with mama, at least he goes to school from there because, so far, you never show
that you can cater for another child

Turtle walks out of the house angrily, slams the door, punches the outside wall of his apartment. He receives a text message on his phone from Abdul
ABDUL (TEXT)
Guy! long time! It’s Abdul, let’s see

Breathing heavily as he reads the text
2 MONTHS LATER
INT. CLASSROOM. DAY TIME
Bolaji is making a presentation
BOLAJI
So, my project is an advocacy for the improvement of our prison system in Nigeria and the lives of inmates during
and after release. Most of the things we go through is largely unknown by most people in our society, besides; many
think we deserve the harsh treatment. I think one thing we can do is tell our stories. That is why I have decided to
start a blog that chronicles the stories of ex-cons, human right abuses and unlawful detentions that go on in this
society. I have written down the experiences of ex-inmates, Ken here spent 8 years awaiting trial, eight years! Toks spent 4 months in police detention where officers were beating him with batons and matchets,

A Nigeria Prison

A NIGERIAN PRISON

research has shown that more than 40% of those released find their ways back to the prison again after release, why? No favourable policies out there. The prison should be a place of reform where we come out refined, nothing wrong in running open University courses in our prisons but some of us barely see the computer at all through out our years of stay. (those in the room concur).

PATHETIC NIGERIAN PRISON

PATHETIC NIGERIAN PRISON

If nothing is done about these, what prospect does our future hold? How do we become heroes to our children?

One of the ex-cons who is the only female gently wipes her tears off her eyes and cleans up her runny nose too. Bolaji sights her, he is moved to tears too. He walks back to his seat; there is a brief silence, then Akeem walks up to the front of the audience
AKEEM
My name is Akeem Akinwale, my project is about using bulk SMS to ginger ex-convicts to stay off crime. I will like to read out some of the messages I have written for us to know what I mean (reaches for a laptop) “Don’t let the storms of life overwhelm you, when you do that, you are no better than the craziness that caused you to be
under attack- TD Jakes” we will have the messages in different languages

The audience applauds him as he returns to his seat
GREG
This is awesome! Sir Ben will be glad. As for the blog, we will feature your posts on the club’s website and  redirect people to your site; we will also boost your posts to attract more readers. Thank you

INT. MORNING. TURTLE’S APARTMENT
Turtle ties his shoe lace, Florence is washing clothes.
TURTLE
I don log out o
Florence says nothing
TURTLE CONTD
Are you going out today?
Florence shakes her head to express no
TURTLE CONTD
Ok
Steps out. Walks out of the compound and sees Abdul’s car flash his light to draw his attention. He walks towards him in amazement, Abdul (39), his hair jelled, his arms tattooed, beckons at him. He gently enters the car. Abdul drives a few minutes away from the house. They exchange greetings
ABDUL
Why cant I take you to where you are going?
TURTLE
You don’t have to. What are you doing h…
ABDUL
(cuts in)
I came for you, Turtle! (with a serious look) Why? you just backed off. Nothing from you since you came out. Hefty is not happy with you at all. Do you know what he went through for you to come out? Though it’s unfortunate despite all he did you were not granted release before time but I swear we pressed buttons cause na you na
TURTLE
Leave that press button side Abdul, three years! You no show. I saw those who really pressed button, for my eyes like this them go come release them. Some sentenced to life imprisonment no even spend 1 year, leave that matter abeg. Wetin bring you come?
ABDUL
Abdul rubs his beards with his hand, knowing Turtle has caught up with his lies
We need you Turtle, I swear nobody matches the turtle like you do. You are the best person that can drive us for this job. I know things tough at the moment for you and we…

Before he finishes, Turtle sights Florence come down from a bike in front of a chemist, they are watching her from  a close distance, she goes in, after some time the chemist walks to her, folds his arms to listen to her complain then presses her tummy, returns to the counter and hands over some drugs to her. She steps out of the shop. Turtle walks towards her briskly. She is surprised to see him
FLORENCE
Turtle!
TURTLE
Florence! what are you doing? what is the drug for?
FLORENCE
Leave me o! Leave me o
Her eyes become misty. Turtle snatches her bag from her hand, dips his hand into her bag, brings out the pills.
TURTLE
No be MTP be this? You won abort the baby? Why?
FLORENCE
Turtle you can’t take care of the baby
(her voice shaking)
TURTLE
I told you I will fix things
FLORENCE
Turtle! The only thing you sabi do well is rob, nothing else is working Tears run down her eyes as she waves down a bike to take her away.

Turtle holding the pills in his hands looks dejected. Abdul watches from a distance, flashes his car light but Turtle waves down a bike and goes the opposite direction.

Thank you for reading, please watch out for the final episode


WHO KILLED MAMA OYINBO?

Written by Ayokunle Olagoke

pt

INT. SMALL DARK ROOM

Inside the dark room is a stainless steel bowl placed on a wooden stool containing forceps, cranioclast, a syringe with spinal needle, uterine Currette, manual vacuum aspiration. The room is lighted by a rechargeable lamp. The sound of a woman wailing is heard. Mama Oyinbo seen struggling on a wooden table lined with an ankara cloth. Gradually her voice wanes.

MAMA OYINBO
Sisi Titi!

SISI TITI
Mama Oyinbo! Mama Oyinbo!

EXT. BURIAL GROUND. DAYTIME

People are present at the burial site. 3 young girls on the front role with Okoro(38). They all wear the same pattern of cloth.

OKORO
(whispers to one of the girls) Where is your brother?

Suddenly, Chucks appears at a distance holding a cutlass, he rushes towards Okoro

CHUCKS
He killed mama! he killed her

There is confusion around

OKORO
Hold him please (moving backward)
Some men try to approach Chucks

CHUCKS
Don’t come near me

On getting to the site, Okoro is guided by some elderly men persuading Chucks to calm down

PA RAPHAEL
Calm down my boy, please don’t let us have 2 dead bodies, tell us what happened

CHUCKS
I overheard their conversation last week (tears streaming down his face) mama didn’t want to do it. He made her abort the baby

PA RAPHAEL
Okoro! is it true?

OKORO
I didn’t ask her to abort. I did not kill her, the Government did

PA RAPHAEL
What do you mean Government?

OKORO
After the delivery of our fourth child, she bled heavily, lost a lot of blood so, mama Ngozi, the traditional birth attendant asked us to take her to the Government hospital that night, when we got there, only two doctors were at the emergency, we were there for more than an hour before she was attended to and transferred to the ward. Finally, they said people were not really donating blood so there was no blood in the blood bank. She almost died; that was when she vowed not to have another child so, when she found out she was pregnant again she decided to abort it, it’s not my fault, if the hospital had responded to her properly she would have been alive

CHUCKS
You wanted a son, by all means, you told her if the baby is not a boy then she has to look for how to take care of her, why won’t she consider abortion?

OKORO
How is that wrong? I have three girls on ground

Dr. Brown (62 years) looks educated; wearing a black hat and suit with good diction

DR BROWN
What did I tell you about family planning after her last delivery?

Janet pounced on Okoro, locking his cloth

JANET
Answer Dr. Brown’s question; why did you not let my sister do family planning? She told me you were against it

PA RAPHAEL
Please let him answer because there are lots of men in your shoes right here who are heading to the same place as you are
right now, answer!

OKORO
You know, contraceptive spoils the fun, aside from that, the cost, moreover one should not stop God’s work if He wants to send us children why should we stop him?

DR BROWN
Why did you wear clothes this morning, why not wait for God to decide if you should wear clothes or not?

CHUCKS
So mama could have been alive today, if only…

END

Nigeria accounts for 13% Global maternal mortality rates. Of the maternal deaths in Nigeria are due to four conditions: hemorrhage, eclampsia, sepsis and abortion complications.

Nigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world, with 545 per 100,000 live birth.

Everybody has a role to play to stop this mass slaughter, the government has a role to play- provide enabling and supportive environment for high-quality health, the health personnel: health education, individuals too: making use of available contraceptive.
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IDENTITY (CONTD)

OLADELE
But …

(She begins to sniff as tears drop down her eyes. Dr. Adesoji offers her a handkerchief; she blows her nose and clears her throat.)

Now, I… I’ve started getting interested in ladies; like attracted to them in a sexual way and last two weeks, I… I don’t know. I found myself having an affair with a girl, our 12-year-old maid (she sniffs). That was the first time… so, I just knew I needed help. I need to speak to you. I know I need to see myself more like a lady, but it’s hard seeing myself as a girl (sniffs) after being a tomboy for so many years. So, that’s why I’m here.

DR ADESOJI
I’m going to ask you some questions on some of the things you have not mentioned… erm first, do you have other names asides Oladele?

OLADELE
Yes… Caroline, Tofunmi.

DR ADESOJI
Okay. I want your decision of wanting to change from a tomboy to come from within. I mean an embrace of femininity.

OLADELE
Okay?

DR ADESOJI
Okay… Your mentor, who are your mentors?

OLADELE
My mentors are Steve Jobs; ’cause I love gadgets, 2 Pac; his music and Vince
Lombardi; he was a football coach.

DR ADESOJI
I know Vince. Are you very active on the social media? (Taking down some notes)

OLADELE
Sure! I’m on all the major ones.

DR ADESOJI
Okay. Who are your closest friends, friends that you really trust?

OLADELE
Johnson, Akeem, and Sly

DR ADESOJI
Okay. Are you ready for this therapy?

OLADELE
Of course, that’s why I’m here
(Chuckles)

DR ADESOJI
I need to ask you because I want to help you. I won’t like us to get to a point and you say you want to pull out; I need you to cooperate with me

(Oladele nods)

The first thing I am going to do is change the name I call you. Henceforth, throughout this therapy session, your name will be Caroline

OLADELE
(Covers her face with her two palms) Oh! You’re kidding me, right?

DR ADESOJI
No, I’m not (she said frankly). Now, that is the first stage. In addition to that,
I will like you to add ‘Caroline’ to your social media names; your Facebook, Twitter handle, BB display name, and Whatsapp. Just add it to the existing names.

OLADELE
(She chuckles and stares in amazement)
Wow! Wow!

DR ADESOJI
Wait! Let me wrap up this stage before you comment. You are going to get a lot of reactions from people as a result of these changes; believe me, but you are not here to live for people. Sooner or later, they will get the message. All you need to do is follow through. Okay? I will like you to tell (reading from her jotter)
Sly, Akeem and Johnson that henceforth they should start calling you Caroline.

OLADELE
(Gets up from her seat)
No! (Throwing forward her two hands) That is just not going to work (she chuckles). I can still manage you calling me the name.

DR ADESOJI
You mean Caroline?

OLADELE
Yeah! The name… Caroline yes but not my friends? Not my social media cliques.

(Dr. Adesoji keeps staring at her from her seat with a smile. Oladele walks to the window frames to have a fresh view of the outside away from the inside tension. She then returns to her seat and heaves a sigh of relief)

I will try to do it.

DR ADESOJI
Caroline, I do not need you to try. I need you to do it. We will accomplish much more things if we don’t think them as impossible.

OLADELE
True! That was said by Vince, Vince Lombardi.

DR ADESOJI
Yes Caroline

OLADELE
(Chuckles) Hmm! Caroline… Okay.

DR ADESOJI
So, deal?

OLADELE
Yes, deal. For how long will this be?

DR ADESOJI
3-6 months

OLADELE
Hmm! Okay… I will do it.

DR ADESOJI
(Makes a thumbs up sign) Great! So, the next stage, Caroline, is a little exercise I need you to do daily – morning and night. Okay?

OLADELE
(Nods) What’s that?

DR ADESOJI
Very simple Caroline, I want you to stand in front of the mirror daily, undressed and name the feminine parts of your body and touch them too. I want you to recite these before you start. (She writes down some things on her jotter and tears it out) Yes, these – “I am a woman and these are my female parts”. Then, you’d start to list and touch them.
(Oladele seems to be lost in thoughts. Her mind seems not to be in the room with the doctor as her heartbeat increases.)
Caroline, are you listening to me?

OLADELE
Yes, thank God we never can tell the future. If we could, we will never get out of bed (shaking her head). I did not prepare for all these… these things you are asking me to do are strange to me; listing the female parts of my body…

DR ADESOJI
And touching them, Caroline

OLADELE
Yes, and touching them in front of the mirror daily. Then, saying those words you wrote here (she stretches her hand to pick up the paper with her legs straightly crossed and her left hand inside the hood pocket). I won’t lie to you, I can’t do it (she shakes her head continuously). I can’t.

DR ADESOJI
Caroline, you cannot expect others to accept your body when you have not accepted it. You cannot expect people to love you when you have not developed how to love your own body. What I am trying to help you achieve through that is to love your own body, to love who you are and embrace your real identity

OLADELE
I don’t need to stand in front of the mirror to be loved by myself. I love who I am! (Getting up from her seat and raising her voice) I am a tomboy and I love that. That is my point.

DR ADESOJI
No Caroline, that is not who you are. That is who you have made yourself to be. Who you are is a female. You are a woman, Caroline.

(Oladele slides her palms through her misty eyes as she concurs with what the doctor just said. She slumps right back into her seat.)

I know it’s hard for you to deal with some of these things and if you want us to take it slowly or you need some time to go think about them, then you are free.

OLADELE
What is the third stage?

DR ADESOJI
We haven’t struck a deal on the second

OLADELE
Deal

DR ADESOJI
(Gives a thumbs up) Great! The third stage is going to sound so weird to you but change comes with a price and like I said, it’s just for 3-6 months, it’s not forever.

(Oladele waits anxiously for the bombshell)

We need to change your wardrobe.
Caroline, I’m going to need you to be on skinny jeans, skirts, and dresses every day of the week with just a day off. It’s for the 3-6 months therapy

OLADELE
What! I’ve not worn a skirt in years. The last skirt I can remember wearing is my secondary school senior class uniform.
What am I… How will? (She grabs her earpiece from the table and gets up) I need a break.

DR ADESOJI
You did chemistry as a subject in school?

OLADELE
Unhumm? (Acting uneasy?)

DR ADESOJI
Graphite and Diamond I understand are allotropes of Carbon. Graphite is very soft. They use it as pencil, paints and all that, while diamond is so hard, it’s the hardest substance on earth. Diamond is also expensive but from the same carbon. You know why Caroline?

(All these while, Oladele had turned her back at her)

Diamond is subjected to higher temperature and pressure while graphite is subjected to lower temperature and pressure. Now, you need to make up your mind. Do you want to be graphite or a diamond?

OLADELE
I need a break… to think.

(She walks out of the office hurriedly like someone who is being pursued. She holds her head like it wants to explode. She starts to walk up and down the corridor, breathing out and in deeply. She sits on a chair at the corridor, cleaning the tears that flowed down her eyes. The memory of how she goes in with their maid flashes through her mind including some of the words the doctor had said – “We will accomplish many things if we do not consider them as impossible”. Wiping the tears from her eyes with her left hand, she gets up, walks back to Dr. Adesoji’s office)

OLADELE
No wearing of make-up and no using of weavon

DR ADESOJI
Alright (with a smile)

OLADELE
Deal then.

DR ADESOJI
Great!

OLADELE
I have a question or observation or whatever it looks like.

DR ADESOJI
Okay?

OLADELE
One reality that the female gender keeps running from is that everything about women is designed to serve the men. They are to cook for them. They are to carry babies for 9 months. They are to submit to them. Their bodies age as they give birth while the men still look younger. Women put their dreams on hold to raise the children while the men move on with their lives; the excuse men give is that they have to work so they can provide but women still work alongside all these that they do. So, the female gender is like a defeated person who is yet to wake up to reality. I’m not proud of that gender. I need a reason to be proud of that gender and I don’t want to hear “behind a successful man is a woman”. I feel it is one of the ways of creating ecstasy in women; so…?

DR ADESOJI
Hmmm! (sighs deeply) You have said a lot and I really respect your honesty. I hope I will be able to find words to convey the thoughts in my heart. While speaking, you mentioned one of the greatest strengths of women and that is “giving birth”. 2 Pac is dead now but we still talk about him because he gave birth to a style of hip hop that others now modify today, but we still make reference to him as a hero. Michael
Jackson will forever be remembered in history because he gave birth to a form of dance that others now modify today.
Steve Jobs gave birth to the iPads and the iPhones and though all these people are gone, we still retain their memories in history as heroes. The Albert Einsteins, the Faradays, the Michael Angelos, the Henry Fords, the Ransom Olds, they all gave birth to different things and because of that we regard them as Lords; we rate them high just because they gave birth to valuable things but have you sat down to think of the fact that all these people were each given birth to by a woman? Without the woman, there will be no Faraday. Without the woman, there will be no Einstein, no Steve
Jobs; all these people I have mentioned were given birth to by the entity called
WOMAN before they thought of giving birth to these inventions.

OLADELE
But there was a contribution from the man too

DR ADESOJI
Exactly my point, I am not saying the female gender is superior to the male, neither am I saying the male is superior to the female. What I am saying is that the female is as important as the male. What I am saying is that there will be no success without the female coming into the picture. I am saying you and I are simply indispensable.

OLADELE
(Startled)
At the moment, I … I can’t think of any fault with what you’ve said but I feel something will be wrong with it. But … I think you are right… what’s the next thing you will have me do?

DR ADESOJI
Alright, finally I need you to channel your strength in the right path. I want you to have at least a female role model. Not every woman figure loves pink dresses and acts girlish. You need to find women with lions’ hearts, women like Bertha Benz – she was the wife and business partner of the automobile inventor – Karl Benz; the
Benz we now drive. In 1888, she was the first person to drive an automobile over a long distance. Aung Suu Kyi of Burma; she was a president placed on house arrest but still refused to give up, women like Myrlie Evers-Williams, married to African American activist Medgar Wilie Evers who stood her ground against racism putting her life on the line.

OLADELE
Is that all?

DR ADESOJI
Yes

OLADELE
Thank you so much, when is my next appointment?

DR ADESOJI
Two weeks time

OLADELE
(Pauses for a long time, staring at the table) Alright… can you… can you be a mentor?

THE END

P.S: According to a Discrimination Survey among nonconforming gender individuals, Forty-one percent of all respondents reported that they had attempted suicide, compared with a national estimated rate of 1.6 percent.

Research has shown that gay and transgender youth entering into the juvenile justice system are twice as likely to have experienced family conflict, child abuse, and homelessness as other youth.

Let us help our children to embrace who they are created to be.

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