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Badejo’s Dog

Everybody in Oke Amu knows about the dog in Mr. Badejo’s compound. Most of the residents have tough dogs because Oke Amu is a tough town.
And since the current wave of robberies began, the people had lost faith in the security that the neighborhood nightwatchmen claimed to offer. Nobody even thought about calling the police.

The police. They always conveniently came after things had died down and the robbers had gotten safely away. They were too busy making so much money from their road checkpoints to risk their lives chasing thieves.
Plus, the people could never understand why they had to pay the policemen money as “investigation fee” before they start any half-hearted attempts at crime solving.

So each night, after the people of Oke Amu have eaten dinner and watched Super Story and are about to go to bed, they can only put hope in two places for a safe night; their God and their dog.

But Badejo’s dog is something else. West is as skinny as his owner is fat but just as lazy. Before Badejo bought his dog, he suffered the most at the hands of robbers not financially but psychologically.


No food for lazy man,

So no food for Badejo,

The robbers came around,

Knocked on everybody’s door,

But there’s a lonely house,

No midnight visitor,

No food for lazy man,

They won’t rob Badejo,

No food for lazy man,

So no food for Badejo,

The neighbors came around,

Put their money in his store,

’Cause it’s the only house,

The robbers would ignore,

No food for lazy man,

They won’t rob Badejo,


This was a great insult unto Badejo who thought of himself as not lazy but patient. “A man must know the right time to act”, he always said to his children and he trusts his gut instinct to guide him.

But because of what he considered to be them teasing him by entrusting their valuables to him to keep, because he was too rubbish for robbers to rob, he decided to get the meanest dog he could find.

“Let’s see how they come back to collect their goods”, he whispered as he tied his brand new local “German Shepherd” to the rusty pole at the front of the compound.


Children will be children,

Play will be play,

Sleeping dogs don’t lie far enough away,

Children will be children,

Play will be play,

Why can’t the new dog join us today?


And that was the beginning of the end. Badejo expected a cold-blooded killer but West’s soul was kept warm by the brilliant joy of childhood.

And collect their goods they did. The neighbors had nothing to fear from West.There is a going legend in Oke Amu, that nobody had ever heard West bark.

There is only one thing that can make West’s ears perk up, eyes light up, legs stand up and bark bark up and that is chasing cars.


What will West do when it catches a car,

Chasing it close and chasing it far,

What will West do when it catches a car,

When it catches a racing car,

What will West do when it catches a car,

The master left the door ajar,

What will West do when it catches a car,

When it catches a racing car.