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Nigerian Man Returns Wallet Filled With $2,500 Misplaced By House of Representatives Member



Alex Adekunle James

Nigerian writer, Alex Adekunle James  has narrated how he saw a wallet filled with money belonging to a member of the House of Representatives in his compound.

With the current situation of things, (COVID-19, economic recession) and with the fact that he needs money as a budding writer, thoughts kept flashing through his mind to take the money.

But for God and Nigeria’s sake, he returned the money to the yet-to-be identified House of Representatives member who could not say a simple ‘thank you’ and didn’t reciprocate his goodwill until after three days.

Read his full story:

A couple of weeks ago (3rd of June), at about 8pm, I was walking my family members, who had come visiting, tovtheir car when I saw this wallet on the floor. As I picked it up, I was stunned by the bulky multiples of $200 bills, a couple of tens of dirham, naira notes, a Dubia medical Insurance card, debit cards (both Naira & Dollar), complementary card, among others. 

At that point, I was just consumed with finding out who owned it. A few minutes later, I discovered the wallet belonged to a member of the Federal House of Representative. Thoughts kept flashing through my head, especially because I needed money. I still set out to return it.

After so many efforts, I eventually, very late that night, handed over the wallet to him in person. He didn’t say a word to me, as he was on a call the whole time. I barely got a thank you, talk more of a tip, but guess what? I still felt so much joy doing the right thing.


I saw it as an avenue to make God proud. I saw it as an opportunity to exemplify the (mobilizing Nigerian youths to transform Nigeria into a first-world nation). I saw it as a test to validate the book I have been working on for a couple of months now (Titled “You are the Nigerian Dream” which, by the way, will be out very soon).

About 3 days after the incident, the Honorable in question came looking for me in my house, apologized and explained that he was on a very important call and we had a chat for a while. He asked me to text my account details and later that day, I received a token of appreciation from him.

In our hands, Nigeria must be better! We need to exemplify the right values to pull Africa out of its rut.

Sooooooo, watch out for my book! Let us set a new culture, tell me something that was hard but you did because it was the right thing.

#YouaretheNigerian Dream


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