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Facebook influencer, Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, shares shocking story of Abuja-based “extravagant man” who lost job and got bankrupt

A touching story shared by Abuja-based social media influencer, Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, has continued to generate buzz online.

The grace-to-grass story relates a supposed life story of an Abuja-based man who invested in building a superfluous image of himself for years only to meet a humble end.

According to Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, the man ignored the need to build a house of his own like many of his colleagues, insisting that living next to affluent and wealthy personalities was the recipe of turning successful in a domain like Abuja.

Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro

Mazi narrated how the man lived for nearly 10 years in a rented apartment where he paid nine (9) million naira annually as rent for a befitting 3-bedroom flat in Maitama, one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Abuja.

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“He was paying N9,000,000 (Nine Million naira) yearly for 3 bedroom flat in Maitama, Abuja. It was later increased to 10M and he was paying. No savings. No investment. He’s working. He believed and depended on his salary. It will surely be coming.

“His argument:

‘”When you live in the neighborhood of big men, you will behave like big men. You roll with big men. Packaging. You network”.

“His junior colleagues went to the developing areas like Lugbe, FO1 Kubwa, Ushafa and bought lands in the selling estates there. They used their salary and built to their satisfaction, the kind of house they needed. They also rented the boys quarters and build other commercial houses they rented out.

“This man in Maitama was making mockery of those friends of his for living in the outskirts of the city. He said they live in the village and shouldn’t claim they are in Abuja.. He always argued that living in the neighborhood of the rich makes you have respect, you network.

“Fast forward to the second tenure of Bubu (Muhammadu Buhari), something happened. The man was sacked. Remember, for the past 10 years, he has been paying rent between 9M to 10M in Maitama when all his mates became landlords.

“His rent is expiring next month, no money to renew it or even get another one. He told one of his friends— those he laughed at for staying in the village to give him a flat from his house. He sent him the number of the property lawyer.

‘”Excuse me. You are my friend. You should give me this for free. You know what I am passing through”.

‘His friend replied him:

‘”Building materials didn’t come to me for free. The land I bought wasn’t for free. Please, my house has been handed over to a lawyer. If you need it, call him, he will tell you the price. There are others who need it. I can only convince my lawyer to give it to you because we are friends. So, if you are serious about it, you let me know”.

“He paused, they paused; both of them paused.

“This is not fiction. I know those involved.

“Over 10 years of living in the neighborhood of the rich, ọga is still poor. Think and plan your life. Where you live doesn’t matter. What matters is you and the value you create. Stay in the forest, the world will find you.”

© Maazị Ogbonnaya Okoro

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