People of Egbe: Ayo the Driver

Posted: April 9, 2014 by Patrice Miles in Egbe, Egbe Nigeria, People of Egbe

ayo” Good afternoon Ma. Follow me.”  Ayo directed. These were the first words I heard when exiting the airport on August 16th, 2013. Ayo, a large Nigerian man with an amazing smile on his face was waiting for us. With all our carts of luggage and two kids we quickly followed his lead through the crowd of people and parking lot. He loaded our bags gave us instruction on what to do and how to do it. I immediately fell in love with this gentle giant. His calm spirit but in control attitude made me relax.

Once in the car we headed to the guesthouse. Ayo navigated the roads professionally giving me all the confidence in him as a driver. I never will forget giggling in the back seat at Ayo as I would hear him talking to all the passengers on the road through his closed window. He still makes me laugh when he does this.ayo4

The next morning before starting our 8 hr trek to Egbe, Ayo handed our group a paper to read aloud from the Egbe team. It basically said Ayo is in charge. Don’t do anything unless he tells you to. If you get stopped for any reason keep your mouth shut and let Ayo handle everything. It was refreshing to know that Ayo was the man, but also a little concerning of what the Egbe team was trying to hint at.

After a few hours of getting to take in all the sites and passing through several police checkpoints with no problems….we hit the nail boys. I will never forget those 10 seconds. The car stopped…Ayo launched out the door…the gentle giant turned into the giant….. gave them a piece of his mind in Yuroba or Hausa (he knows both) and then jumped back in the car and we were off. I now call him my Night in Shining Armor.

ayo6Ayo was born and raised in Egbe. He left for Ziaria, Kaduna State, 34 years ago to take a job as an airplane mechanic. After 32 years there he retired and returned to Egbe. He is now our compounds driver and mechanic. He is a man of God and has been married to his beautiful wife for 26 years. He currently has 5 children. Mubo who is 24 years old and at Ziaria University, Tobe who is 22 and waiting for admission to university, Kola who is 19, Belumi who is 15 and Bolu who is 8. His family and Egbe hospital keep him busy enough but somehow he finds time to have a Kassava farm and work on his home he has recently built.

ayo3Ayo since then has driven us so many places in Nigeria. I always feel safe with him behind the wheel. His amazing laugh bringa a smile to my face everyday he greets me. He is one of the many Angels in Egbe our family gets to experience daily. He cares for my kids and has so much patience with my family for potty breaks, throw up breaks and more. When and if you come to visit Egbe…this is the face you will see waiting for you when you arrive.

  1. Bert Oubre says:

    Well done! Bert

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. lia says:

    love your stories and seeing the F A C E S that match 🙂 God bless Ayo 🙂

  3. Jide/Dupe Omotinugbon says:

    We, most likely, have crossed each other’s path. I used to live with a late cousin working as a mechanic at the college of aviation in Zaria during my undergraduate years. He probably knows my brother Stephen. Can you ask him?Joseph O.

    Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:00:26 +0000 To:

    • He knows Stephen very well. Ayo is the one that has always driven us to see your family. Once they saw each other they realized it. As big as Nigeria is it is so funny how everyone know everyone.

  4. Jolene eicher says:

    So glad Ayo was there to care for my family. Soon and very soon .. I will have the pleasure of meeting this gentle giant. What a heritage he has with those five children!

  5. Art LeMaster says:

    Ayo is a good example of how a believing brother should behave. One example that came out in our morning devotions is when he stopped to help a lady with a flat tire. She didn’t have a spare tire so he installed HIS spare tire, then followed her to a shop to have her flat repaired and retrieve his spare tire…all the time his wife was with him (Ayo).

    He is a blessing to us volunteers for sure!

  6. Linda Kohn says:

    Thank you for introducing Ayo to us☺ what a blessing He is and you are to him.

    Keeping you all in our prayers and Ayo’s university children, that is awesome, praying for the future of Nigeria to come from those university students solidified in Christ.

    Hugs to you and your family.

    Linda Kohn

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