“I cannot collect this 100 naira. Please change it for me.” The lady said.
“I no get another one.”
“Please change it. No one will collect it from me.”
“I say I no get another one. Dem go collect am no worry. Wón ti cancel 100 naira, kò sí mó ní ta.” (The 100 naira has been cancelled. It is no longer available). The marwa driver said to the lady impatiently.
The lady refused to budge as she pointed the dirty, torn and cello-taped 100 naira to the driver.
“Aunty, no waste my time nau. Abeg, get down make I dey go. Mo ní wón ti cancel 100 naira.” (I said they have cancelled the 100 naira). He repeated.
I looked at the lady refusing to collect the money and the other passenger (a lady also) seated beside her. The three of us burst out into laughter as if on cue. The elderly man seated gingerly beside the driver smiled. “Ta ló sö fún ë pé wón cancel e?” (Who told you it has been cancelled). He asked as he looked at him.
“Kò sí n ta mó.” (It is no longer available). The driver replied.
“Wön ò cancel è. Wön kò ò print è mó ni.” (It has not been cancelled. They have only stopped printing it).
“Aunty ë jò ó, ë jé, owó ni.” (Aunty, please eat it. It is money).
The other lady passenger and I looked at the lady still holding the money. We both had smirks on our faces.
“Oya give me 500, make I give you 600.” The driver eventually said.
The lady opened her bag, pulled out a 500 naira note and was given three 200 naira notes in return.
She eased out of the marwa and we continued our journey with the elderly man laughing at the driver as he repeated his statement about eating the money.
In recent times, with the unavailability of clean 100 naira notes, I have also had to avoid buying things that would make me receive the note. Most of the notes in circulation are in a sorry state and you begin to wonder as there are so many insinuations about the note.
Does anyone still have clean and new 100 naira notes in their possession? Do well to share 😉
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