Little Mysteries – Here and There

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]No one knows how they started, A mother weaving elaborate stories to entertain her children or an uncle adding pepper to tales of his travels, perhaps? Wherever and however they originated, these little mysteries laced with humour and horror have grown into full-on urban legends.

Nigeria’s cultural heritage is replete with such stories and, negligible evidence aside, they are quite entertaining. Here are some of the more popular urban legends and myths in Nigeria:

Shina Rambo: Nothing comes close to the stunts people believe this man pulled off while escaping after a robbery. He was believed to have the ability to walk through walls and disappear at will, and no bullet could penetrate his skin. He also had a mysterious woman who accompanied him to all his robberies as the driver of the getaway car  think, an African James Bond.

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Indian Football Team: Legend has it that the Indian football team was banned from the Olympics because they used diabolical means to win matches. According to the legend, a ball kicked by the Indian players mysteriously turned into a fire-breathing dragon during a match against Nigeria.

Disclaimer: there is no record of this anywhere in the history of football. But, maybe it was covered up.

Lady Koi Koi:Koi Koi is the sound high heels make as they clack against concrete floors, and thus we introduce our first female legend, Lady Koi Koi. Legend has it that a beautiful young principal  in red high heels  died in a car accident. Believing her female students were responsible for her demise, her spirit is believed to troll boarding house corridors in search of vengeance.

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Some claim to have actually seen the red high-heeled shoes that walk the corridors of hostels at midnight, coming to snatch girls into the underworld. (We think women wearing red heels can be scary, too.)

Bush Baby: According to Wikipedia, Bush babies are arboreal primates native to Sub-Saharan Africa. They are harmless bush animals that have huge cute eyes and are small like babies  but those aren’t the kind we are talking about here.

Nigerian legends tout a tale of a baby abandoned in the bushes to die. And now, every night when the moon comes out, the soul of the infant cries out for its mother.

This baby is believed to carry a sleeping mat around, a mat that brings untold riches to anyone who is able to capture it for seven days  in exchange for a bottle of milk, maybe.

It is safe to say that the authenticity of these tales is questionable, but they will continue to live on in the minds of the Nigerian people for generations to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.