‘Now I know why Lagosians treat their staff like shit’ – Bayo Adedeji, founder Wakanow.com shares experience with his staff

‘Now I know why Lagosians treat their staff like shit’ – Bayo Adedeji, founder Wakanow.com shares experience with his staff

Bayo Adedeji, the chief executive officer of Wakanow.com, a cheap online travel agency, is narrating how one of his domestic staff repaid his kindne

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Bayo Adedeji, the chief executive officer of Wakanow.com, a cheap online travel agency, is narrating how one of his domestic staff repaid his kindness to him, with stealing blindly from him.
Adedeji who has had stints with Amazon and Walmart  in the US, took to his facebook to share his experience with his chef who is a father of five, what the chef did to get himself sacked.
“I have always wondered why people treat domestic employees like shit in Lagos. After a few years I now understand,” Adedeji who also runs Shoe Sale and Dundu Nation began.
“I pay my chef N100k monthly and weekly 5k for transportation he typically eats breakfast and lunch at the house, if he comes extra days I give him 5k-10k. And when I travel abroad which is usually at least 1 week a month he doesn’t come to work while I am gone.
“During the pandemic I continued to pay him like nothing happened because I wondered how he would feed his family. I was not even in town o, for 3 to 5 months. I noticed the feeding bill continued to rise and it seemed we never have things in the house.
“When I ask to eat something I get additional bill to do market runs every other day so I started tracking. My feeding bill went up by 100% in October for 3 weeks of feeding. I was nearing 300k in spending on food excluding salary for me alone….. Uhmmmmmm!
“Typically I have a lot of guest on weekends but in November we were always at Wave on the beach. So I went out and purchased so much food that we could not possibly finish in a month. Two weeks after, I asked to eat jollof rice with smoky flavor and imported rice so that the grains stand at attention, he told me we don’t have tin tomato.
“Shocked, I argued he told me I didn’t buy it. I checked my records and noticed I purchased two cartons of tin tomato. I mean two cartons o, of premium tin tomato like the one in metal containers from Renee supermarket. Two whole cartons was gone in 2 weeks without having a major party.
“Then I remembered he had a naming ceremony so I thought he must have stolen it to use for his party but I assumed maybe I didn’t take it from the store or the house girl stole it since I didn’t catch him. America taught me to assume innocent till proven guilty not the other way around like typical ………”
Getting to the part that made Adedeji sack him, he said, “I was traveling for two weeks and it was kinda impromptu, so I informed him that he was getting two weeks of paid leave the same day I was leaving. As I was leaving he was also leaving the house too so I asked to see his bag.
“Alas! This guy had gone shopping in my pantry. The list was endless even hot chocolate (eruku oshodi), rice, beans, all my sardine, corn beef, even chocolate bars, canned sweet corn like the list is long. It broke my heart because I thought I was nice to him and his family. Remember he did naming in December and I gave him 50k to support his child but I gave him after the ceremony hoping he will use it to take care of his five children as opposed to celebrating the birth of another child. Not knowing he has been stealing me blind.
“When he started working with me, I spent time in the kitchen teaching him how I like my food, I retrained him even though he had been cooking for years. He became so good. I mean his fried rice is madness, I mean it’s so good, we discussed adding it to Dundu Nation menu but I worried about scalability without him.

“I gave it all to him and told him not to come back again. I paid him for the time he had worked during the month. I know I am overly nice. I fundamentally believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respected for what they do. Pay them fairly and be reasonable with them, take care of them and hopefully they won’t need to steal. My friends say I spoil them but I believe in the love thy neighbors law the Bible preaches I sincerely just follow it.

“Too many animals out here! Should I start buying bowls of soup but I just don’t eat refrigerator food and the food never reaches how cooked meal standard with blender grinded fresh peppers and uniquely selected meat parts not the cheapest meat in the market because I love ribs and brisket….. yes I am spoilt so I am back to cooking for myself and saving money since I can not find a honest chef. Maybe I should hire him back sef?”