DO NOT UNDERRATE A SHORT MAN FOR HE MAY BE TALLER THAN YOU THINK
Chief Anayo Nwosu
The age-long admonition of "do not be quick to judge" or that "what you see may not be what it is" was further impressed on me last week. My regards and rating of my fellow men shall never be the same again! I had always pitied my colleague in the office who I felt was cheated in his limbs and would pass for a short man, but not anymore. Not with what I now know. Poor unsuspecting me!
Even the unmistakable sign of ladies swarming around him most of the time did not make me think that this guy had something so unique to warrant his endearment to ladies. I thought the boy was so flocked by ladies because he was very cheerful and generous.
But the Lord opened my eyes one day when I accidentally met him at my head office's urinary. The urinary was built in that two men standing beside each other could not hide their dispensing pipes. Men usually hide nothing of such.
"Oh, my goodness!" I exclaimed, so loud that other colleagues in more enclosed cubicles doing the solid ones nearly raced out half-naked. They thought an accident had occurred. Who would not shout that loud at the sight of what I saw?
While I directed my dispenser between my two fingers as I did my thing, my more endowed colleague used a whole palm to support his waterworks pipe. It was then that I came to a full realisation of the meaning of "elue nwoke uno", which in Igbo means "you may never determine the true worth of a man until you follow him home".
I have now learnt that the actual height of a man is not known until you "follow him home". That man you see as a short man may, in reality, be a giant. All must be factored in before you say that a man is big or small.
Chief Anayo Nwosu is a celebrated bank manager, prolific writer, finance and investment consultant.