Monday, May 23, 2011

Your assistance required

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Mr Moses Odiaka. I work in at Union Pension Fund of Nigeria, in Abuja Nigeria. I write to you in respect of a foreign customer with a private pension account. His name is Engineer Manfred Becker. He was among those who died in the recent demonstrations following the election win of President Goodluck Jonathon.

Since the demise of this our customer/member, Engineer Manfred Becker, who was an oil merchant/contractor, I have kept a close watch on the deposit records of his pension account and nobody has come to claim the money in this account as next of kin for the late Engineer. As such, I beg your indulgence and request your assistance to come forward as next of kin. This is a time critical situation. It is believed that a delegation from the OECD in Paris has recently arrived in Abuja to hold talks with the Nigerian Pensions Regulator and in that delegation is a covert Secret Agent.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Good, Bad, Ugly

The first race of the Paris triathlon league was run last Sunday 1 May, on a gloriously pleasant day in Étampes, which is about 45 kms south of the city. This also marked my first triathlon in France and my first race in four months. As it seems customary for me, competing in the triathlon was not simply about doing the race, non non mon amis, it also involved me undertaking my first driving experience in Paris, navigating the haphazard race day logistics and almost getting disqualified from the race on no less than three separate occasions.