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How a Gala seller displayed a rare act of kindness to prisoners in Lagos traffic (PHOTO)

Friday, 31 August 2018

A Gala seller has moved people to tears and won public recognition with his actions when he spotted a group of prisoners in a van, stuck in traffic.

The prisoners were being transported in a Nigeria Prison Force van heading to Ikoyi Prison but were stuck in traffic. As usual, the prisoners stretched out their hands through the tiny holes by the sides of the van and the Gala seller’s next action surprised everyone.

He took the Gala he was selling and began distributing to the prisoners for free. When the van began moving, he dropped his basket by the side of the road, grabbed a handful of Gala and ran after them to make sure everyone gets a share.

His kind acts got him the attention of other road users and someone who was moved by his action, shared the story.

Read the story as narrated by an Instagram user below:

Denike Ajitena wrote:

“I witnessed something incredible & humbling today. Just shows that you don’t need to be rich, or have a lot of money to be charitable.

Driving past Lagos House/Marina exit, there was this Nigeria Prison Force van heading to Ikoyi Prison stuck in traffic (as usual), with the prisoners in it shoving their hands through the vents of the van & shouting inaudible stuff.

Then I noticed this Gala seller shoving Gala into the tiny peeking fingers of the prisoners, one by one. As the traffic started moving, he ran across the road, put his basket on the curb, grabbed a handful of Gala and ran back to the Prison van.

At this point, he’s running alongside the van, just shoving Gala into the van through the tiny bars. Even the Warden benefited.

I was in awe!!! He couldn’t even see the prisoners, just those fingers!

As traffic freed up & he walked back to his ware on the curb, I had to stop him & asked if they paid for the Gala, thinking the Warden might have paid.

He said no, he just gave because they were begging for help; that they were hungry. 

I could not believe it. So I asked “How many Gala did you give them?” 

He said he didn’t know, he was just giving them, not counting how many!

Here was a poor street hawker, giving away half his wares, because random people he did not know needed help and were hungry!! 

So what is your excuse???

I wish I had more money on me at that moment…. I pray I see him again tomorrow.

I pray that poor Gala hawker will always find help at his point of need, and food whenever he is hungry, just as he met the need of those prisoners today.” ~ Denike Ajitena.

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