Today i made a new friend…she is Leila…one of those Fulani’s from Mali who beg for money in front of Accra mall
she approached me n smiled n spoke pidgin: antyy make u give me money make i buy food chop’..then i smiled back n said i hv not eaten since morn myself..
she asked if its true …i said yhh…then she handed me all the coins she had in hand…i asked if she is sure i can use the money…she said yh i cld…so i counted n it ws js 1cedi 10p…told her it wont be enough…she asked me to wait for a min…she went to check wher she keeps her money n brot about 4cedis…then she said 5cds shd be enough to buy rice…n i told her i wld need water…she then asked me to wait so she begs ppl for money for me…after abt 10mins, (was waiting for someone)..she came back with 50p from her bro n said she can direct me to a canteen…i followed her…while engaging her in convo
Ppl js starred at us…others said i shdnt mind her…i told them she wasnt begging for money
I distracted her with ques while we waited…she is js 10yrs
Then i asked why she gave me all the money…she replied ‘ibi u dey hungry anty, i go fit beg for money but u no go fit, so jst take am’…at this point i had tears in my eyes..n i know ppl were wonderong wht convo we were hving..
She asked tht i tk fotos of her n with her…
It was tooo sunny so they came out dark…then when my friend arrived she told her to mk sure i get food to eat…then i asked her to tk her money…she looked disappionted n asked why…i told her i js needed company while i waited…
I’m sure we ol av learnt somtin from this….