The Beauty Of An Arrogant Waakye Seller

Her reputation is the size of the Atlantic. It precedes her like a lanky woman’s pregnancy. When I asked of the best waakye joints around Labone, she was possible answer A,B,C &D. It was a Friday. On Monday 8am I was there. I heard I had to be early because her waakye finishes before 9am. She didn’t come; Monday is her off day. I found some hausa koko nearby and placated my disappointed palates.

Tuesday took a decade to arrive. I made it there at 8:04 and had small trouble finding parking. The queue was full of people who should have been sending their house helps and errand boys, but they were all there waiting patiently. No one got preferential treatment; benz men, 4X4 women, bicycle boys, everyone got the same ‘yes?yes?yes? how are you, but be quick’ expression. When it was my turn, I got waakye GHC 3.

The rice had dignity. It wasn’t broken rice or some substandard rice that most sellers get away with because of waakye’s naturally petcherr state. This waakye was dadabee waakye. I knew I was in a good place when the meat and wele riddled stew looked at me; there was no oil! It was rich stew without the oil layer that other sellers use to turn one bowl of stew into two.

I got some meat, gari and talia to go with. I got an egg and leaves. Her salad leaves had spring onion and fresh tomatoes. Their neat arrangement was DP worthy. Then her wele…her wele was like a spell. So I made her cast three spells, and that Tuesday was a landmark day in my life.

Originally I didn’t want to buy GHC 3, I didn’t want to be too full. But I also didn’t want GHC 2; I didn’t think it’d be enough. So I asked for GHC 2.50. She didn’t look at my face. She didn’t dignify me with an eye contact. She didn’t douse her response with any sweetness, in calm casual bluntness, she said in Twi ‘Yenti nu saah. 2,3,4 cedi. Choosi baako.

In humility, I got GH3. The deliciousness of her waakye gave her the deserving audacity to be so. As I spooned down the food minutes later, I decided I wouldn’t care how arrogant she got. There’s a certain level of mastery you get to in making waakye that makes your bluntness cute, that makes something that would have been inexcusable in someone of less skill okay when you do it.

It’s not just true of waakye sellers. Fela Kuti performed in underwear at most of his concerts and is a legend to date, you budding musician, try same and see.

My barber has a ghetto shop that smells stuffy. Until recently his carpet was so toxic, it doubled as a pesticide. Just in case you missed that, he had an armpit with a distinct signature note. But this guy issssss skkiillleeedd! Like he can barb a bald head into an afro. He can shape a receding hairline to look like it’s much closer to your forehead. His angles and precision are incredible, so I don’t cheat on him. For the past two years straight I’ve been going there. I endure the inconveniences because of his skill, his talent.

What do you have to make people endure you? You-ah, there’re a dozen people who can do what you do better than you, on top of it, you have an attitude, is your father the owner?

We are all flawed and no matter how great we are, some days wont go well. It’s easier to be excused for those days when your track record is solid. There are so many perks with being excellent at something. The Bible talks of your gift bringing you before kings.When David first met Saul, it was only because he was a gifted instrumentalist. Joseph met the pharaoh because he was a gifted dreamer. Delilah got her way with Sampson because she was a gifted masseuse, you, what are you?

You need to identify what you’re good at o, and invest into being the best at it. Have a 3-5 year plan for that. Eat dirt, swallow your pride, endure greatly, accept less money than you want all so that you can develop and in 3 years when you open your mouth, no bogga wire!

Be the best barber you can be, or dentist, or lawyer, or banker, or florist. Whatever good thing your hands find doing, do it as unto the Lord, pursue excellence and reap the benefits thereof.

Next Tuesday, I’m going to buy that waakye again. If she gives me any kind of attitude, I’ll smile and ask her to add more pepper. Lol. Peace out fam.

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42 Comments

  1. Isaac said:

    Great, Down-to-earth relatable piece …🙌🏽👍🏾

    November 8, 2016
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  2. Aurielle said:

    Your messages are on point. Bless you. I’m your new subbie.

    August 21, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Eeeiii, see the fancy term too you’ve brought. ‘Subbie’ things. lol, i’m loving it!

      August 26, 2016
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  3. Joseph said:

    Enter Your Comment…waaaaw Is more than inspiring thanks vry much boss

    August 21, 2016
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  4. maame frema said:

    Indeed a Man gift brings him before kings… tanx for the great piece God bless you….

    May 27, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Bless you too Maame 🙂

      May 28, 2016
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  5. Letitia said:

    This is a recurring thought of mine and every now and then I share it but your words bring so much life to it!!

    May 10, 2016
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  6. djifa said:

    I enjoyed every word. I was thinking of giving up on my dream because of all the dirt I have to dig and all the battles I have to fight. Thanks for reviving me. Ps Keep on writing. Don’t stop.

    May 3, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Ooooo wow wow wow! I am so thrilled that you wrote Djii, thanks plus keep me posted on the revival, I’m certain it will be a hit.

      May 4, 2016
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  7. Naa said:

    😂😂😂

    April 27, 2016
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  8. IsaacKay said:

    Good piece man…t’was totally a good read. Good job !

    April 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Awesome feedback Ike, thanks a lot!

      April 27, 2016
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  9. Angie said:

    ”Whatever good thing your hands find doing, do it as unto the Lord, pursue excellence and reap the benefits thereof.” Wonderful piece of writing. I’m off to get my hands dirty with some equations. This talent God has given me will bring me before kings in a few years to come. 😀

    April 26, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Eeeiiisshh, Angie are you trying to intimidate me with your equation prowess?!! You lie bad. lol, you go guurrl!

      April 27, 2016
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  10. Reginald Asamoah Otoo said:

    Sure. Be the BEST in everything you do. Thanks for the advice

    April 25, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Thank you, for writing Regi.

      April 27, 2016
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  11. Odd said:

    A thought provoking piece. I loved reading it.
    Thumbs up

    April 25, 2016
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  12. Sadick said:

    I don’t comment on internet articles, usually because even when I enjoy it I feel it not worth my time. But bros, you just killed it oo!! If you can write like this, you may as well say anything you want… lol! Well done!

    April 24, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Eeeeeiii difficult-to-impress Sadick, then this one dier, two fingers in the air. I take am. lol. I am really glad you read and wrote tho, marking this day down on my calendar.

      April 24, 2016
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  13. Sharon said:

    Ben Ben Ben. I literally lol-ed at the last line. Really enjoyed the piece. Good writing and great lesson. You’re blessed!

    April 24, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Aaaammmeennnn, i rishiv it!! But Sharon how we go do? WE’ll just have to smile and ask for more, yes?

      April 24, 2016
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  14. Kuukua said:

    BENJ! I always read but never comment but today dier daabi if I do that I’m a criminal. You’re gifted with gold IN your words. You like roff but we all do don’t we 😉. This is a really inspirational piece that has given me strength to do what I’ve been procrastinating to do in a long time. Thank you and God bless you immensely.

    April 24, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Eeeiiii then it shall rain today! I’m so glad you wrote K, perhaps it was especially for you that i couldnt shrug off the urge to put this up. We bless God.

      April 24, 2016
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  15. Ed said:

    best piece i’ve read in a long time.
    10 for originality

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Wooww, that’s great to know! Preessssuuurre

      April 24, 2016
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  16. Hetty said:

    Hahaha truly a man’s gift will let him serve before Kings
    God bless u Ben
    Being the best in all we do

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Bless you too Hetty! Shine!

      April 24, 2016
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  17. Kwabena said:

    Haha haha. Charlie, you do all!!! I’m smiling and thinking deep about your post. Kudos

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Awesome! Charle when those deep thoughts birth a legend, remember me o.

      April 23, 2016
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  18. boateng bagwell Emmanuel said:

    Ha ha ha i love the sarcastic and creativity of this fine piece. Enjoyed every bit of it. But tell your barber to use lemon wai. 😂😂😂

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Charle i’m afraid of getting in his bad ooks with such a gesture o…but hmm, I’ll try and keep you posted.

      April 23, 2016
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  19. Bessmah said:

    Lol…word to the wise.

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      …iiiiiisss eeennouugghh!

      April 23, 2016
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  20. Felix said:

    Always looking forward to ur posts. My favourite line was about d barber “Like he can barb a bald head into an afro”. Lol, I hv a couple of friends who will need such a barber……. Chale God Bless u Ben,am gona share this, keep the posts coming!!!!!

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      lol, me sef. Thanks for passing through Felix, looking forward to your next comment 🙂

      April 23, 2016
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  21. Naa said:

    Who is the waakye seller?

    April 23, 2016
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    • BenJ said:

      Will you buy me some? Referral fee

      April 23, 2016
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      • Naa said:

        Lol. When I come to Ghana, we can go and buy it together. Yes I will pay the referral fee.😉#december2016Godwilling#needtobuyticketfirst#elseitwillbe2017

        April 24, 2016
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        • BenJ said:

          That’s too too too far! 🙁

          April 24, 2016
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          • Naa said:

            SHWE, It’s so close to me. You have no idea how long I have been dreaming of roadside waakye. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE 😉 …. PATIENCE requires relativisim as well. lol.

            April 26, 2016
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            • Naa said:

              Actually, how about we strike a deal, you will not eat waakye until I come? lololol… Then you can write about the experience and compare it to resisting temptations when it is so near you, building fortitude/ self discipline.. etc…. lol

              April 26, 2016
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              • BenJ said:

                No way! How can you ask that of me?! You are just setting me up for failure, i rebuke you! lol

                April 27, 2016

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