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Tale of a Lekki Tenant – Episode 02

A Tale of a Lekki Big Boy

Tale of a Lekki Tenant – The Journey Begins

As soon as I became a Lekki tenant, I decided to steer clear of girls and partying. I need to be prudent to be rich, I thought to myself. So, I went house hunting in Lekki Phase 1. 

It had always seemed to me like Paradise. I always felt excited whenever I heard that a friend stayed there in Lekki Phase 1.

Honestly, my friend was wrong; totally wrong. The house I got in Lekki Phase 1 was N1.8 million. It was a year’s fee for a 2-bedroom apartment. 

I couldn’t see myself back to the one-room lifestyle I had been used to. I was way above that already, I thought to myself. 

The agent that helped me took me to the house. The house I saw had me wowed! It was standard, mehn! I could already view myself living in that house. 

Suddenly, and like lightning fast, something else struck my mind. I could create a personal studio in the apartment since I wouldn’t be using the other room. I later sought the advice of a tenant who told me to soundproof the room so it wouldn’t disturb other tenants. 

Interestingly, the advice was what I needed. I decided I was getting that house. I had made up my mind. 

However, Ben was totally against it. After Ben realised I was not going to budge after citing how ridiculous my expenses would rise eventually, he left me to my fate.  

Ultimately, I got the house. Although, I did not get to see the landlord before moving in. I was told he travelled out just as I made the payment. 

Immediately, I began to work on my studio room. The renovations cost me about N850,000 by the time I was done setting it up. 

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Tale of a Lekki Tenant – Episode 02

Eventually, my studio was all set.

Finally, I moved in. I bought home furnishings, TV sets, rugs, bed and mattresses, kitchen utensils, foodstuffs and snacks, new clothes, and shoes. Ahhhh! I never knew how fun shopping really was until now. 

Of course, having money makes things a whole lot easier and sweeter! In the end, I had just N1.5 million left. 

My house was now fully set. I moved in two months after payment. So officially, I got the apartment two months ago. Omo, naso my rent fee just dey run dey go, I pondered in the secret recess of my mind.

Lai lai, I swore, I must never be broke again. I knew for the next two months, I would not be having issues with my feeding. My house was fully stocked-piled with all manner of food items. When Ben finally visited me, he was amazed and impressed at what he saw.

Interestingly, Ben came with the good news of his new job offer at a multinational company.

I was so happy for him. His salary was far better than what he was paid previously. 

“What are you waiting for, Ben? Come over to Lekki and join me. This is where life is!” I told him.

Ben laughed and waved off what I said. He preferred his one-room apartment and had moved from AJ city to Obalende. 

Obalende happened to be closer to his new office at Victoria Island. He definitely had gotten his wish. Life always found a way to reward us with what we deserve. 

There was a difference between living in posh areas like VGC, Banana Island, or Lekki Phase 1 compared to a ghetto such as Ajegunle. 

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Tale of a Lekki Big Boy

I spent my first month mostly indoors. It was cool enjoying the air-conditioned environment of my apartment from morning to night and watching all kinds of movies I felt like watching.

Gradually, it all seemed like laziness to me. And so, I began searching for musical artistes to produce in my studio. I got hold of a few talents but soon found it was far cheaper making music in AJ than in Lekki. I was running at a loss already.

These spoilt mummy’s boys would come into my studio and have me produce great beats and songs for them, only to pay me meagre sums of 20k or 15k. And this is despite the fact I still provided them with refreshments during studio sessions. 

I felt disappointed and decided I could not do it any longer. I had intended to make over N250,000 from each production session. These meagre sums were not what I was expecting from the business.  

So, I stopped music production. I desired to make quick money, and the months kept moving fast. The year was almost running out. 

Ultimately, I need to make money quick, I told myself. Expenses were running high and were not funny anymore. There had to be a solution.

Just as I promised myself before becoming a Lekki tenant, I had stayed away from girls. I also stayed away from popping drinks at the club and partying. I tried to keep my promise.

In fact, that was more due to the fact I had signed an agreement to be of best behaviour. I was single, and the landlord preferred couples or a family man in his compound. I had to practically beg them to allow me into that compound.

Suddenly, my fate began to change. Things took a massive turn from the first day I met her in the compound…

Watch out for Episode 03… The drama is just beginning.

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