“Akara is smelling”, I exclaimed after holding off the urge to make a comment for about 5 minutes. It was a beautiful, cold morning and two colleagues of mine had just entered the office. The smell of akara (bean cake) diffused into the atmosphere and found its way into my nostrils. “Jolomi, akara is smelling”, I continued in a rather inquisitive manner to my colleague. “I smell it too” she replied. “So who brought akara into the office and doesn’t want to share”, I continued. The last person in the office and the prime suspect Emmanuel feigning ignorance said “I don’t know o, I can’t smell anything”.
“Are my nostrils beginning to malfunction or did someone spray an akara perfume” where the words I said in hunger rather than anger. After some more doses of my investigative remarks, the prime suspect caved in “okay, okay….its my akara and I hid it inside my bag, oya come and eat and stop your investigations”.
After we had eaten the akara and bread special and cleaned mouth, a colleague in another office walked in and said “hmmmmmm, who eat akara. Akara no dey hide?”…and this was over an hour after we had digested the delicious combination.
A human being’s personality is like hot akara, no matter how much you try to pretend, the real “you” will always show.
People have become accustomed to displaying their “big brother” personality when seeking to impress. The camera-is-watching-so-behave” character. The I-eat-eba-with-fork personality.
Apart from the fact that this pretentious lifestyle takes a lot of work to maintain, its like Eva water to a wise person; very clear. Sooner or later, you will be found out.
Dr. Seuss once said ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.’
Enough of the pretense and fake life. The using your-fathers-car-to-impress-girls kinda life. The borrowing-your-friends-makeup-and-clothes to feel fly kinda life.
As someone once said “a bad personality is like a flat tyre, you won’t get far until you change it”.
N.B: Akara (Bean cake) is a deep fried meal made from ground beans (Black eyed peas) and a host of other ingredients. It’s one of the most common meals you’d find on the breakfast table in most Nigerian homes.