This is a narration of two childhood friends who grew up together, went to the same school, had the same aspiration and got the same job of their dreams in the same company. However, at the place of work, while one receives accolades, the other receives serial query. The names of the two friends are Igbeji and Omajaga. This narration is meant to be made by Grade 5 teacher as introduction to week 5 lessons on Civic Education: Attitude to Work
The teacher gives the narration as each major scene occurs on the video clip or as the teacher unfolds the poster/chart.
This is Igbeji and his friend Omajaga (both yet kids). They are best friends. They always play and move together too.
Igbeji and Omajaga express their ambitions. They had agreed earlier to write the ambition on paper. Coincidentally, they both wrote the same thing! This made their friendship stronger. Henceforth, they do almost everything together.
It’s their graduation! They have finished the secondary school. They also like to study in the same university – the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo. Will there secure the admission?
Here they are preparing (reading) for UTME examination.
They have studied hard and are prepared for the examination.
They are now writing the UTME. Will they make up to the university cut-off mark? They await their results curiously.
And… yes! They made it! Next is their Post-UTME assessment/screening. They still hope to be successful as well.
There are celebrating their admission. They were offered admission into their dream course!
They have done well all through their studies and now they are graduating as the Best Graduating students of the university. So far (only few days after their graduation party), three companies have sent them job offers. They have to decide which to go.
Once again, they coincidentally made the same choice – the same company, independently. They are going to be in the same company!
It is their first day at work, and having heard that they were the best graduating student; old staff of the company is expecting a lot from them – everyone respects them. Will they be able to deliver as such?
It’s their 4th month in the company. While Igbeji maintains the tempo as of the first day he began the work; Omajaga thinks there is no need to do so because attention, suspense but respect has dropped. As a result, the later (Omajaga) now resumes late to work. Similarly, Omajaga feels lazy to work most of the time and sometimes he absents from work only for his friend to cover him. Occasionally, he leaves the office before closing time and even sleeps on duty at times. The company board of directors has queried him a number of times but mostly, he only apologizes without changing.
It’s the company’s award ceremony! Everyone is expectant. One of the friends has been awarded and promoted which they celebrated together, awaiting the award and promotion of the other. Unfortunately, instead of award and promotion, the other friend is publicly queried and demoted with a condition that if he improves over the next one month, he would be promoted, otherwise he would be fired.
The demoted friend, who is now worried, asks his promoted friend to tell him how to improve so as to be promoted. He doesn’t want to be fired, that is an awful way to leave a place of work– in shame and disgrace. It will be hard to get employment elsewhere that way.
Teacher then pause the video or cuts the narration here and kindle a class discussion on the video/narration:
- Which of the two friends was promoted, which was demoted?
- What they think made the company to promote one of the friends but demote the other: Do they (the company or directors) hate the demoted friend? Or did the promoted bribe the directors to promote him?
After receiving differing answers from pupils, it is expected that the class will agree on a common reason: The one that receives promotion works better (because he has better attitude to work) while the one that was demoted contributes lesser to the organization (also because he has bad attitude to work). Afterwards, the teacher proceeds to step 2.