I got in to work
much earlier than I did on my first day. It was my second day at work as an
attaché at a film production company. 
My boss, a film
producer, had given me access to her iMac so I could work with it. She has a
MacBook which she uses for most of her work.
On the first day
she had powered on the desktop right before my presence, but I hadn’t taken
much into observation. I was just keen to get started.
When I got in, the
monitor and the keyboard were covered in a black leather covering which I took
off carefully. The next thing was to power it on and get started.
I looked at the
screen but I didn’t find a power button anywhere on its surface.
Okay…I thought.
I ran my fingers in
a caressing manner around the smooth edges of the monitor, hoping to find a
button. Nothing!
I then flipped the
screen on its pivot, as I fixed my attention on the area behind the monitor
where the USB and earphone ports were located. Rien!
I took a step back
and took a harder look at the monitor, asking myself, “Where could they possibly have hidden the power button?”
I thought about
asking Google, but the connection was poor on my phone.
I should just ask my boss for help?”
I thought again.
She was at the
reception with the two clerical staff.
Then I remembered
that I’m Nigerian, and the perception most people had about Nigerians. Here, as
with most francophone cities I’ve visited, being a Nigerian means you’re rich,
well exposed, and you possibly know popular personalities.
I’ve had people ask
me if I’ve met Aliko Dangote, or know Davido and other Nollywood stars. I
always responded in the negative with a laugh.
If I knew any of
these people I’m being associated with, I seriously doubt I’d be here.

Whether my boss had
the same impression about me, I couldn’t tell. I was neither going to allow a
simple button ruin the reputation the Nigerian entertainment scene had created
for me, and whatever people thought of me in this office.

I recalled a yoruba
saying my mom used often when we found ourselves in a sticky situation, “nkan ti o ba lenu, ki gbon ju eniyan
Humans don’t get outwitted by inanimate objects.
With the advent of
A.I., I don’t know how valid that saying might be in the coming years.
After taking a long
stare at the monitor, I checked again at the back. Realizing that I had only
focused on the part where the USB and earphone ports were, I checked the other
Et voilà! I found
an indented button located at the left bottom part. I pressed it and the screen
came on.
Little did I know
that the keyboard wasn’t connected, as I got a notification on the screen
demanding a Bluetooth connection. I picked up the light keyboard for
inspection, and found the power button by its side.
When I first used
the mouse, each time I needed to rewind or fast-forward a clip I right clicked
on the symbols. Today, I realized that I could do the same
function merely by dragging my finger sideways on its glass body.
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