Official Intimidation

Temi had worked for two years at a digital firm based in Lagos. It can be likened to the Google office in California for its ambience, perks and other staff-centered attractions. The system encouraged creative expression in any form; this includes crazy innovative reasoning by occasionally switching roles. This was designed to enable members of staff experience other job functions, increasing peer to peer learning and team bonding.

Temi, a Copy Writer, got more acquainted with Dayo, an Art Director in the process. They got along easily, because she had interned with him in another agency years back. Work was good, though she noticed he was very competitive. It was close to the end of business year and the Creative Director had tendered his resignation, after 10 years of meritorious service. The position was advertised on the intranet as was the company’s policy to source internally. One whisper added to a thousand others and Dayo was ‘tipped’ by all to be the next in line for the position; he had received a few congratulatory messages and he relished every bit of it.

On interview day Dayo was dressed for it, styled by a popular African designer, he looked like a million bucks. He was totally shocked when he saw Temi seated in the lobby waiting to be interviewed. He did not take it lightly and felt Temi should have told him before she applied. Things turned awry, their synergy became rivalry. The office was divided, and every member of staff had to choose a camp. Dayo exerted his influence on the majority and dispersed unscrupulous messages about Temi, which was intended to tarnish her image.

Temi met with brick-walls from colleagues, all day. She was picked on by virtually everyone and became a victim of targeted copies and artworks, but this made her even more determined to never give up. She found peace in the Good Book, she quoted – Roman 8:28, 1 Corinthians 10:13 and Isaiah 54:17 every day. She confessed the word and maintained focus at her job.

This went on for about a month, a period she tagged “horrible times”. Finally, on the last day of the business year, the results were announced – Dayo got the job! Temi went over and congratulated ‘gloating’ Dayo. She sank into her chair and was about to zone-off when she received a mail from HR; she had been appointed as the Executive Head of Accounts. She didn’t even know the role was vacant, as the incumbent resigned with immediate effect. The first call was from HR, an email, then other colleagues started trooping in to extend their congratulations. She was dumbfounded, how and what did she do to deserve this?

The bad guy doesn’t always get instant judgement; however, keep doing your best, keep a clean slate; and favor will find you. How well do you think Dayo performed on the job? When being pestered by negative people, do not stoop to their level and engage in petty actions; let the word of God be the standard in your life – and watch God at work.

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