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BANJO presents a subtle and fraudulent BUSINESS PROPOSAL to JEFF, trying earnestly to convince him accepting the OFFER.
Jeff, how you dey now?
(Jeff, how are you?)
Oga chairman, I just dey, struggling to survive as I dey look God
(My boss, chairman, I’m just there, struggling to survive)
E go soon better if only you go fit do this business wey I wan show you.
(It will soon be better if only you’ll do this business I want to show you)
Oga chairman, which business be that one?
(My boss-chairman which business is that?)
E dey simple but na smart business wey go give us better money no be this ground nut money wey we de get here.
(It’s a simple but smart business that will bring us good money not this pea nut we’re getting here)
Oga Banjo, all this one wey you dey talk since na story, make you put me in the picture of things now.
(My boss, all this you’ve been saying since is story just put me into the deal proper)
Oh! Boy, you get liver to do am so?
Oga BANJO, haba! Why you dey talk like this now? You no know who I be? Me, I be Okuru meta abo o!
(My boss, why are you talking like this? Do you know who I am? I’m three men in one.)
Omo ibo, okuru meta abo! We go see when time come.
( Igbo boy, three men in one! When time comes we shall find out)
Later that DAY. MR BANJO driving out in his BUS and JEFF hurries to meet him.
Oga Banjo! Oga Banjo! Abegi, wait make I see you sharp,sharp before you commot.
(Boss, please wait let me quickly see you before you leave)
…the camera cuts-away with a close-up shot from his ankle to the feet as he slams his right foot on the brakes.
Omo ibo, I don dey look for you since where you come go?
(O’ boy, I have been looking for you where did you go?)
Oga, I be dey for dey park extension dey collect money for ticket.
(Boss, I have been at the park’s extension collecting ticket)
Okay, you dey go house now?
(Are you going home now?)
Oga, eh! I dey go but how far with that thing wey you say you wan tell me?
(Boss, what about what you wanted to tell me?)
…whispering into Jeff’s ear.
You go fit do am so?
(will you be able to do it?)
Oga, a begi, make you allow me think about am, I go let you know wetin I decide after.
(Boss, please allow me some time to think about it and I will get back to you)
…Camera cuts away at his foot and right hand as he engages the gear with a close-up shot.
All right o! na you hand e dey now l!
(That’s okay but the ball is in your court now)
No wahala, oga!
(No problem boss!)
39. INT. JEFF’S RES. NIGHT
In the DEAD of the NIGHT, JEFF restless in his BED ROOM obviously puzzled over what to do as regards the BUSINESS PROPOSITION, MR. BANJO presented to him and two VOICES speak to him on that.
What do I do now? Should I throw caution to the wind and join the chairman of the park in this fraud?
There’s actually nothing wrong with what he wants you both to do, he has only asked that you partner with him to increase the fare ticket of the commuters, which certainly will benefit you; that’s all.
Jeff, this is fraud! Increase the ticket to 20% without the knowledge of the local government chairman whose authority supersedes that of the park and without mutual agreement between those concerned.
What’s wrong with making money or haven’t you suffered enough? My friend, use this opportunity to make your life better.
Don’t Jeff, you’re a Christian and no matter the pressure on you, never use a sinful means to make money; it will only destroy your soul.
…to be continued.