You can find dignity in your job – Story of Bashir the barrow pusher

I am sharing this story of Bashir, the Mai-barrow to inspire my readers and raise their consciousness that no matter what business you find yourself in, if you do it with dignity and passion, it will take you places. All that is required is believing in yourself. Remember, the Holy Book ask us not to despise the days of little beginning.

The story of Bashir the barrow pusher

Bashir Suleiman, nicely dressed and ready for work

Chiemezie Claire Asunugwo-Anyanwu encountered Bashir and has this to say.

His name is Bashir Suleiman, he’s a Mai-barrow (barrow pusher who gathers/conveys people’s goods from the market to their cars or homes) and a proud one at that. I was privileged to have him gather my groceries and produce for me as I shopped in the market today.

First of all he was very well dressed with his clothes well ironed as if he was going to a proper office work and I was told by the fruit seller who saw my initial surprise when Bashir approached me that it was his custom to dress well daily to his Mai-barrow job. It got even more interesting when I caught a whiff of his “perfume” and noticed his socked feet in a pair of well polished sandals. Other barrow pushers approached me but with my curiosity already piqued and biased towards Bashir, I felt it an honor to have him gather my stuff for today.

Next, he had very good communication skills, his grammar may not have been ivy-league standard, but we communicated very easily while he helped bridge the gap between my Hausa language spattering and my needful communication in same language with my customers who spoke little or no English.

Bashir was very much involved in every bit of my shopping making sure I wasn’t cheated and my change was properly counted out and given to me.

The story of Bashir, the barrow pusher

Bashir also showed me the best places I didn’t even know existed in the market to buy the freshest produce at competitive prices.

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If you were inspired by Bashir’s story, encourage someone today to do their jobs with dignity, passion, perseverance and hope for the best and not working grudgingly and full of attitude because of their condition. Share this story with such people using their social buttons below.

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Francis is a Passionate Social Entrepreneur. Love discussing new trends in Business and Marketing. A Startup consultant. A good listener. Love to help that your business grow.

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